Microsoft didn’t spend $ 7.5 billion on ZeniMax / Bethesda just for its current pipeline – the company shelled out that huge amount because it believes in Bethesda’s future games. We don’t know exactly what they are, but now Xbox boss Phil Spencer has provided a tease.
In an appearance on Major Nelson’s podcast, Spencer said he knows the “future roadmap” for Bethesda’s gaming studios and believes it is an “incredibly exciting time.”
“I have the benefit of knowing the future roadmap and having an idea of the announced and unannounced things that the teams are working on,” Spencer said. “It’s an incredibly exciting time for the work Bethesda studios are doing as they continue with the craft of making games and also think about how our game medium continues to evolve and their role in that.”
Some of the most high-profile games under development at Bethesda studios that we are aware of include Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI. Bethesda also confirmed it is working on a third Wolfenstein game.
It appeared that Obsidian Entertainment, which had previously worked on Bethesda’s Fallout franchise, was emulating the Elder Scrolls series first-person fantasy RPG with Avowed. With Bethesda now part of Xbox and the development of an official Elder Scrolls VI, however, it looks like we’ll likely have more games like this in the next few years. We do not complain.
The Wolfenstein game will likely be developed by MachineGames, which developed the original, its sequel, and standalone versions of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood and Wolfenstein: Youngblood. The latter game was co-developed by Arkane Studios. Both will soon be owned by Microsoft. But the Wolfenstein series also got a virtual reality game recently. It is unclear whether Bethesda will continue to work heavily in VR after moving to Xbox Game Studios.
In addition to new console and PC games, Bethesda has expanded its efforts on mobile devices, so you can expect additional titles for phones and tablets as well.
Also in the interview, Spencer talked about why he believes Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda was a “natural” next step in their existing relationship.
“You find teams out there that are always pushing themselves and their skills, and basically I think the more closely we work with teams like that, the better we are as a platform,” Spencer said.
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