A week or so later, and we’ve pretty much all recovered from Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda . The discussion has returned to the PlayStation 5 and its list of games , but analysts are still trying to diagnose the effects of the buyback. And speaking with GamingBolt, Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities weighed in on the situation.
“It really depends on the agreements that were in place,” he said. “I think Starfield will be released soon, so it will probably be on both platforms. It will really be new games coming in 2021 and beyond that will be exclusive, although while some have been announced for PlayStation, I think they will arrive on PlayStation. So this will not have an immediate impact. “
Pachter added that he believes the acquisition will sell Xbox consoles and, most importantly, Game Pass subscriptions – The Elder Scrolls 6 being the biggest difference factor. “I think in the future, The Elder Scrolls will sell 15 million units, and I think that will get people looking to Xbox. I think two to four million gamers who would have otherwise owned PlayStation will now own Xbox. “
But of course, there is no release date attached to this particular title. “Bethesda Studios, they’re not prolific, but they release at least one or two games a year,” he continued. “For example, the last Elder Scrolls game was released in 2011, and I expect a new one to be released since 2016 – I’ll be right after all!”
Microsoft has said it will release Bethesda’s games to PlayStation on a case-by-case basis, but it has since suggested the acquisition is to strengthen the Xbox ecosystem over its closest competitor. In reality, it will be a few years before we feel the repercussions of the buyout, so we will have to stay vigilant and see what happens.