In a statement to CNET, Xbox’s Phil Spencer noted that Microsoft currently plans for Bethesda to operate semi-independently despite the fact that they were one of the ZeniMax Media studios acquired in a recent deal.
“It is about the culture of those teams,” said Spencer of Bethesda. “They’re not about becoming us.”
While Spencer does not elaborate on how, exactly, Microsoft and the Xbox team will treat Bethesda in regards to official requests and other procedural matters, everything that we’ve heard so far seems to indicate that the plan is for Bethesda to pretty much function as they would have prior to this acquisition. Representatives from Bethesda have also previously indicated that they intend to still make the “same games” and still publish those same projects.
Yet, we can’t help but feel like quite a few important unanswered questions remain regarding the specifics of this arrangement. While the general indication is that Bethesda will carry on much as they would have before all this started, we know that’s strictly speaking not true. For instance, we suspect that Bethesda likely would not have released Starfield on Game Pass as a day one addition, and Microsoft has already indicated that’s exactly what they intend to do.