Microsoft has announced the first Bethesda game to hit Xbox Game Pass following the announcement of its astonishing $7.5bn deal to acquire Zenimax and all its studios.
That game is Doom Eternal, which will land on Game Pass for consoles on 1st October and for PC later this year.
Doom Eternal is of course made by id Software, one of the studios in Zenimax’s sprawling portfolio, and one Microsoft will own once its deal becomes official.
Microsoft’s deal is largely about securing games past, present and future for Xbox Game Pass, Eurogamer editor Oli wrote last week.
So, when should we expect the full Bethesda and Zenimax back catalogue to appear? It’s likely some games are currently tied up in other subscription deals, but it also seems likely Microsoft will drip feed its new library of first-party games onto the service to keep interest sustained over the coming months and years.
“This deal isn’t about limiting the number of people who can play Bethesda games,” Oli wrote, “it’s about expanding it. At a small, monthly cost.”