Bethesda titles to be “first or better or best” on Xbox, says Microsoft

Bethesda’s titles are planned to be “first or better or best” on Xbox, Microsoft has recently declared.

The statement comes from Xbox CFO Tim Stuart, who spoke at the Jeffries Interactive Entertainment Virtual Conference last week (via SeekingAlpha).

“What we’ll do in the long run is we don’t have intentions of just pulling all of Bethesda content out of Sony or Nintendo or otherwise,” Stuart said. “But what we want is we want that content, in the long run, to be either first or better or best or pick your differentiated experience, on our platforms. We will want Bethesda content to show up the best as — on our platforms.”

Stuart also detailed how that philosophy would tie into Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subcription service.

“If you think about something like Game Pass, if it shows up best in Game Pass, that’s what we want to see, and we want to drive our Game Pass subscriber base through that Bethesda pipeline,” Stuart continued

Following the acquisition announced back in September, Microsoft has yet to fully detail how Bethesda’s games will be treated in the future. They could be Xbox platform exclusive or offer more content on Xbox Game Pass, but one thing is for certain: as first-party titles, they’ll certainly be offered on Game Pass in any instance.

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