After Microsoft took over Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Media, Tim Stuart (Xbox Chief Executive Officer) also commented on the current strategy for Bethesda games. Similar to Phil Spencer, he stated that it would not be about “taking something away” from the other platforms with any exclusive games such as Starfield or The Elder Scrolls 6. The Bethesda games should appear earlier or “in better form” on their platforms (PC and Xbox) and possibly keep the Xbox Game Pass attractive. His statement came from the Jefferies Interactive Entertainment Virtual Conference via Gematsu und Seeking Alpha (Transcript).
Tim Stuart: “Yes, the goal (…) let’s say it from a cross-platform perspective. Microsoft is a platform. We are among the first to really support Minecraft, Roblox and Fortnite on a cross-platform basis. That is why we promote cross-platform play, simply from the following perspective: If it is good for the gaming ecosystem, then it is good for us, because, as is well known, a flood raises the water level for all boats.
In the long term, we have no intention of simply pulling all of the Bethesda content off Sony or Nintendo or otherwise. But what we want is for this content to be either first, or better, or best on our platforms in the long run – or for a differentiated experience. We want Bethesda content to show its best on our platforms.
Yes, it’s not a question of exclusivity. It’s also not about adapting the timing, the content or the schedule. […] We want to cheer our Game Pass subscriber base through this Bethesda pipeline. […] So again, I am not going to announce that we will be pulling content off platforms one way or another. ”
In September 2020, Xbox boss Phil Spencer told Bloomberg business service that implementations on competitor platforms would not be ruled out per se. However, one wants to decide on a case-by-case basis whether a publication away from PC, Xbox and Game Pass is considered (we reported).