Microsoft’s Bethesda acquisition is immediately proving fruitful, with 13 of Bethesda’s best video games coming to Xbox Game Pass.
This week, Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media was approved by European antitrust authorities, finally allowing Microsoft to purchase the multi-developer gaming company. Bethesda’s the grand prize for Microsoft, but the deal also includes id Software, Arkane, MachineGames, ZeniMax Online Studios, and Tango Gameworks.
These six major studios each have exclusively developed games, giving Microsoft access to a vast library, one that the company’s already tapping, even though the purchase is less than a week old. 13 of Bethesda’s best games are coming to Xbox Game Pass, adding on to the 7 already on the service.
Xbox’s Game Pass (and Game Pass for PC) costs $9.99/month for access to over 100 games, available for download and play at any time on a computer. Both of these services cost $9.99 individually, or you can get Game Pass Ultimate for $14.99/month which includes both and more. You have to be subscribed to the service in order to have access to the games however, and once you unsubscribe, you lose access. It’s a great deal at $10/month, especially when taking into account that you can get a year of Game Pass for the same price of two $60 video games.
Game Pass provides access to Xbox first party games the same day as release, with additional deals. Since Bethesda and other studios are not first-party Microsoft studios, those games are included.
This week’s Bethesda additions to Game Pass for PC include the following 13 games:
Yes, there are. The real catch for the “Play 20 Iconic Bethesda Games” is that it’s literal. Microsoft gives you access to 20 Bethesda games through Game Pass. Seven games have already been on the platform, and 13 of them are coming to the platform.
The seven games currently available include: Doom Eternal, Fallout 76, Rage 2, Dishonored 2, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Fallout: New Vegas, and one other game that I totally can’t point out.
Even more specifically, all of those 20 games are available on PC, console, and mobile (through xCloud game streaming), excluding Fallout: New Vegas, Morrowind, Oblivion, and The Elder Scrolls Online. If you plan on playing through Mobile devices with xCloud, you’d need Ultimate ($14.99/month) anyway, and then you can’t play these four games.
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This is still great for Microsoft and Xbox gamers however, as these 13 games are great. I’ll definitely be playing them in the future, and it’s just a sign of how Bethesda and Microsoft’s deal is gong to help drive attention and playing on Microsoft’s platforms. Hopefully, it’ll help make Xbox more attractive, giving it some needed game availability.
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