A bunch of beloved Bethesda titles have been rated for the Xbox Series X and Series S, according to new rating summaries from the ESRB.
IGN reported on the ratings early Tuesday morning.
Bethesda released digital versions of the Arkane Anniversary Collection and Wolfenstein: Alt History Collection on Xbox One back in August and June, respectively.
Notably, the two anthologies did not launch on PlayStation 4 over the summer. This might have been an early consequence of Microsoft’s acquisition of the publisher and its parent company, ZeniMax Media, which was announced last month.
So there’s a good chance these next-gen rereleases will be exclusive to the Xbox Series. Phil Spencer told Bloomberg in September that Microsoft properties will hit “other consoles on a case-by-case basis.”
Two upcoming Bethesda titles, Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo, will honor pre-existing deals to launch as PlayStation “timed console exclusives.” But we can expect to see the majority of Bethesda games hitting Microsoft platforms — meaning Game Pass, PC, and Xbox — in the near future.
Bethesda and Microsoft have had a strong working relationship since before the launch of the original Xbox in 2001, with The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind finding commercial and critical success on the console.
Had Morrowind not been such a hit, games like Fallout 4 and Skyrim would probably not exist, and the Xbox was a large factor in growing Bethesda’s audience at the turn of the millennium.