Microsoft’s recent purchase of Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax, surprised developer Arkane, who are working on the PS5 timed-exclusive Deathloop. Game director Dinga Bakaba spoke to Press Start, saying the buyout was a surprise, and he’s a believer in Game Pass.
“It was pretty surprising, I would say,” Bakaba said. “It was unexpected, to an extent… [but] after the surprise, it made a lot of sense. We are very creative, driven and we really care about doing games that are original, that have a lot of personality and style.”
Bakaba stated one part of the deal that is special is Game Pass bringing more people to Arkane’s games more easily.
“Being able to be apart of the Xbox Game Pass ecosystem makes things a bit different for us, because we can occupy a space in that service, and we will continue to make the kind of games that we make and make them well,” Bakaba said.
Arkane’s Prey, Dishonored, and Dishonored 2 are now on Game Pass. Bakaba noticed he’s seen more chit-chat online about these games, all thanks to their inclusion on Game Pass.
“A lot of people are saying that you need to play these games and have no excuse not to, so it’s been very encouraging. It’s a service that will allow us to remain creative and have the audience and build that relationship over time and that’s really exciting.”
Although Microsoft acquired ZeniMax and all of its subsidiaries–including Arkane– Deathloop will continue on a timed exclusive on PS5. Microsoft is honoring any arrangements that were made before the acquisition. However, going forward, Microsoft plans to only release new Bethesda games on platforms that support Game Pass.