And a belief we should bring that to everyone - regardless of who you are, where you live, or what you play on. It's an earth-shattering move, and the tremors will be felt for months to come. The same goes for all of Bethesda's important franchises as well.
The CEO of the company, Satya Nadella, acknowledges that they are considering the acquisition of new studios to reinforce their brand, Xbox Game Studios. When the platform-holder picked up Minecraft and Mojang in 2014, for a cool $2.5 billion, Microsoft could have easily made the game an Xbox-exclusive title.
Aside from that, the Redmond-based architect of Microsoft Azure had also told on Monday that the American software industry behemoth, whose Xbox Game pass claims to have over 15 million subscribers, had been purchasing the video game developer in a bid to flesh up its Xbox Game Pass subscription service.
Then you've got the likes of Ninja Theory, Double Fine and Obsidian.
Microsoft buys Bethesda Softworks
Yet, according to Howard, everybody was excited and pretty much said "of course", with the feeling that the acquisition is going to make upcoming games better. Could the next Elder Scrolls or Fallout game be a timed or full exclusive for Xbox/PC gamers? You should probably expect them to have some sort of Xbox and PC exclusivity.
"For us there's this long-standing relationship of what does it mean for [Bethesda] to build what they're trying to build on top of our platform that makes, in many instances, us feel like one team", Spencer said. In fact, his statement was rather vague in this regard, but it did reassure that they were still committed to delivering the same quality products to players; no matter the console they play on.
Bethesda's Creation Engine was the focus of some controversy back in 2018 when Howard revealed its next-gen games like Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6 would be using the studio's proprietary game development tool. He revealed that the game engine will be new and he is quite surprised that fans are still looking forward to this game despite not showing anything more other than the reveal last showcase.