During the Microsoft-Bethesda roundtable livestream, Xbox boss Phil Spencer was asked a crucial question about how the partnership will impact exclusivity on the platform. Spencer responded that there are “contractual obligations” that must upheld, but the partnership is really about delivering exclusive games that “ship on platforms where [Xbox] Game Pass exists.”
Pete Hines is the one that threw the question at Spencer, who stated he heard the community and since he believes in being transparent, wanted to be clear.
“If you’re an Xbox customer the thing I want you to know is this is about delivering great exclusive games for you, that ship on platforms where [Xbox] Game Pass exists. That’s our goal. That’s why we’re doing this. That’s the root of this partnership that we’re building and the creative capability we will be able to bring to market for our Xbox customers. It is going to be the best it’s ever been for Xbox after we’re done here.”
Spencer clarified that Xbox has games on other platforms, like Minecraft, which continue to be supported. Bethesda games will fall into this category, as Spencer states that the company “loves those communities [of players] and will continue to invest in them.”
Shortly after answering Hines’s question, Xbox announced 20 Bethesda games will head to Xbox Game Pass tomorrow.