Leaked Bethesda Game Collections Hint Upcoming Lineup Could Be For Xbox Series

KEY POINTS

  • Microsoft recently acquired Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax Studios
  • The acquisition provides Microsoft access to a wide range of hit games and franchises from Bethesda
  • A recent leak may have revealed the upcoming games that Bethesda is working for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S

Two collections of games from videogame publisher Bethesda, apparently being developed for Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles, were recently leaked online.

Microsoft recently acquired Bethesda’s parent company, ZeniMax Studios.

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) recently issued ratings for the two collections, which include the “Wolfenstein Alt History Collection” and the “Dishonored & Prey: The Arkane Collection”. Both collections list the Xbox Series consoles as their only platforms, suggesting that they could release as Xbox-exclusives.

Each of the game collection features four games but there is no information regarding the specific titles included in them. There are speculations that

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2 Reasons Microsoft’s $7.5 Billion Bethesda Buy Will Boost Its Stock

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will pay $7.5 billion to acquire ZeniMax Media and its game publisher Bethesda Softworks, according to Microsoft.

This is the best news for Microsoft shareholders since its bid to co-acquire TikTok was rejected last week.

How so? Microsoft’s Bethesda buy passes two key tests for successful acquisitions: it will give Microsoft a bigger piece of a large market and the combined companies will be better off. Whether the deal will pass the third test — earning a positive net present value on the $7.5 billion investment — remains to be seen.

The Microsoft/Bethesda Deal

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Xbox Game Pass Will Add Elder Scrolls 6, Starfield, And All Other Bethesda Games

Microsoft has acquired Bethesda and its parent company ZeniMax for a whopping $7.5 billion, bringing it into the Xbox fold. That includes some massive franchises like Doom, Fallout, and The Elder Scrolls. But as part of the acquisition news, the companies also dropped a reminder that first-party games like Starfield will be available on Game Pass upon release. You may never have to actually purchase another Bethesda game again.

The announcement from Bethesda mentions Starfield specifically: “Microsoft will grow from 15 to 23 creative studio teams and will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass. This includes Microsoft’s intent to bring Bethesda’s future games into Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or PC, like Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios.”

In a roundtable interview following the announcement, Bethesda Game Studios’ Todd Howard said that some people

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Microsoft’s Bethesda deal: Great for Game Pass, troubling for exclusives

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Microsoft is now at a crossroads when it comes to handling this influx of new titles. The decisions it makes over the next few years have the potential to fundamentally reshape the gaming industry. Microsoft could either perpetuate the exclusivity war it’s been waging with Sony for years — something that inevitably hurts gamers who only own one system — or it could take the high road where it ends up publishing more titles on competing platforms. (That’s something Microsoft is already doing with Minecraft on the PlayStation 4 and Switch.)   

Microsoft Xbox head Phil Spencer told Bloomberg that the company is honoring Bethesda’s deal with Sony to release Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo as PlayStation 5 exclusives for a limited period. Meanwhile, the company plans to bring upcoming Bethesda titles like Starfield on Xbox, Windows PCs and Game Pass, while managing releases on other consoles on a “case-by-case basis,”

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Xbox Game Pass Will Have Elder Scrolls 6, Starfield, And All Other Bethesda Games

Microsoft has acquired Bethesda and its parent company ZeniMax for a whopping $7.5 billion, bringing it into the Xbox fold. That includes some massive franchises like Doom, Fallout, and The Elder Scrolls. But as part of the acquisition news, the companies also dropped a reminder that first-party games like Starfield will be available on Game Pass upon release.

The announcement from Bethesda mentions Starfield specifically: “Microsoft will grow from 15 to 23 creative studio teams and will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass. This includes Microsoft’s intent to bring Bethesda’s future games into Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or PC, like Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios.”

The press release makes no such specific mention of Elder Scrolls 6–which Todd Howard has said is still a long way off–but the precedent set by other

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How Microsoft’s CEO, Xbox head say Bethesda will bolster Xbox Games Pass lineup

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Microsoft’s purchase of ZeniMax comes mere weeks before the company’s next big launch of its next Xbox consoles.


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Microsoft may be known as a business software giant, powering most of the world’s PCs and building backroom technology and tools. But it’s also spent more than $10 billion buying development studios behind some of the most popular video games in the world. To Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, it’s all about the future of software.

Though not known as a gamer himself, Nadella’s made big bets on the video game industry, buying Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion shortly after he was named CEO in 2014. Then he bought five more studios in 2018, including role-playing game maker Obsidian, known for the space adventure The Outer Worlds and the well-received South Park: The Stick of Truth. In 2019, it bought Double Fine, maker of adventure game Psychonauts.

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Xbox’s Bethesda acquisition is evidence of blockbuster gaming’s volatility

Microsoft’s Xbox gaming division is acquiring The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim publisher Bethesda for $7.5 billion. And it’s difficult to overstate how much this changes gaming. The easiest way for me to think about this is that Xbox just bought one of the only other companies that actually has a major media presentation during E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show) each year. This has led to a lot of talk about what the purchase means for Xbox and its Game Pass subscription service. But the deal tells us just as much about how unsustainable the triple-A blockbuster gaming business is.

Bethesda is one of gaming’s main publishing companies. Like Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, and Take-Two, it built a business by creating studios and releasing games for PC and consoles. Its biggest releases are megahits like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4. And yet the owners of ZeniMax Media

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What Microsoft’s $7.5B purchase of Bethesda parent ZeniMax means for Xbox Series X

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Microsoft’s making more investments in its Xbox gaming franchise.


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Microsoft’s Xbox team significantly expanded its list of game development studios on Monday, announcing the purchase of ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion in cash. The entertainment company owns several industry-leading game developers, including Bethesda Softworks, the maker of the post-apocalyptic Fallout games and the fantasy series The Elder Scrolls. It also owns Id Software, known for its Doom, Rage and Wolfenstein shooting game franchises.

The move grows the number of in-house Xbox game development studios to 23, up from 15 earlier, giving it control of some of the game industry’s most popular franchises. Microsoft also plans to run Bethesda as its own division, with leadership and structure intact. 

“As a proven game developer and publisher, Bethesda has

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How Microsoft’s CEO, Xbox head say they won’t screw up Bethesda

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Microsoft’s purchase of ZeniMax comes mere weeks before the company’s next big launch of its next Xbox consoles.


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Microsoft may be known as a business software giant, powering most of the world’s PCs and building backroom technology and tools. But it’s also spent more than $10 billion buying development studios behind some of the most popular video games in the world. To Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, it’s all about the future of software.

Though not known as a gamer himself, Nadella’s made big bets on the video game industry, buying Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion shortly after he was named CEO in 2014. Then he bought five more studios in 2018, including role-playing game maker Obsidian, known for the space adventure The Outer Worlds and the well-received South Park: The Stick of Truth. In 2019, it bought Double Fine, maker of adventure game Psychonauts.

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All Bethesda Games, Including Starfield, Will Be On Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft has acquired Bethesda and its parent company ZeniMax for a whopping $7.5 billion, bringing it into the Xbox fold. That includes some massive franchises like Doom, Fallout, and The Elder Scrolls. But as part of the acquisition news, the companies also dropped a reminder that first-party games like Starfield are available on Game Pass upon release.

The announcement from Bethesda mentions Starfield specifically: “Microsoft will grow from 15 to 23 creative studio teams and will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass. This includes Microsoft’s intent to bring Bethesda’s future games into Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or PC, like Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios.”

The press release makes no such specific mention of Elder Scrolls 6–which Todd Howard has said is still a long way off–but the precedent set by other first-party

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