The biggest news of the day is easily that Microsoft has acquired ZeniMax, but that’s not necessarily bad news for Nintendo Switch owners. Recently, both Microsoft and Bethesda have shown increased support for Switch. That includes stuff like Microsoft’s surprise Ori and the Will of the Wisps launch and the upcoming Doom Eternal Switch port from Bethesda. However, Bethesda Executive Producer Todd Howard (via formal statement) and Xbox head Phil Spencer (via Bloomberg interview) indicate the studio won’t be going purely Xbox-exclusive following the acquisition; other consoles and platforms are still a possibility.
Howard’s statement explains Bethesda’s thinking around the acquisition and its history with Microsoft, and it offers some thoughts about what both companies think about multiplatform releases. Howard said the partnership is about “more than one system or one screen” and that they “should bring that to everyone – regardless of who you are, where you live, or what you play on.” This doesn’t outright announce multiplatform releases and could be a reference to xCloud streaming, but it doesn’t confirm everything is Xbox-exclusive either.
Spencer was more explicit in talking to Bloomberg. As he explained, Bethesda games will be considered for “other consoles on a case-by-case basis.” What criteria might be considered for port/multiplatform selection is unclear.
Microsoft has been increasingly willing to bring select games over to Nintendo’s latest system, and Bethesda has started porting to Switch too. This, combined with the statements made, could very well mean that Bethesda games still come to Switch, at some point anyway.
Do you think we’ll still see Bethesda games on Nintendo Switch beyond Doom Eternal?