Weeks after the company’s Microsoft acquisition, Bethesda appears to be releasing compilations of several of its current generation standouts, both on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as the Xbox Series X/S when that system comes out.
News of this comes from two sources: the first to sprout up was ESRB ratings for both the Dishonored & Prey The Arkane Collection and the Wolfenstein: Alt History Bundle that listed both collections for Xbox Series X/S, but there is no mention of any other platforms as of this writing. But more concrete information on the content of the bundles has come through Best Buy listings for both compilations. While there’s no such listing for an Xbox Series X/S version of either, both collections have separate listings for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, implying that Bethesda isn’t going to hold back from launching the collection on PlayStation despite the Microsoft acquisition. Whatever the case may be, we’ll likely find out soon, as Best Buy says both collections are supposed to launch today, October 6.
Here’s the full list of contents for both bundles, according to the box arts seen on the Best Buy listings:
Dishonored & Prey: The Akane Collection:
- Dishonored: Definitive Edition
- Dishonored 2
- Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Wolfenstein: Alt History Bundle
- Wolfenstein: The New Order
- Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
- Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
While these compilations are coming to PlayStation 4, there’s nothing to indicate they’re coming to PlayStation 5 just yet. That doesn’t mean they won’t, but given that Bethesda is officially a Microsoft company now, it stands to reason that at some point we’re going to see PlayStation missing out on something Bethesda releases. It could start with something as innocuous as a collection of old games, which could still even be played on PS5 using the system’s backwards compatibility with PS4 games. But sooner or later we’ll start seeing if Microsoft is going to be holding Bethesda games back from its primary competitor. However, it’s not out of the question for Microsoft and Bethesda to release games on PlayStation, especially after it’s seen Minecraft flourish over the years because of its ubiquity, and that comes from the company not sequestering the game to its own platforms.
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Microsoft acquired Bethesda, its studios, and all its IP to the tune of $7.5 billion back in September, and it set off plenty of speculation about whether huge games like The Elder Scrolls VI would end up being Xbox Series X/S and Windows exclusives. While definitive word on that is cagey at best, Microsoft has said it will be honor exclusivity deals Sony had in place with Bethesda, specifically referring to Deathloop, a game in development over at Arkane as a timed PlayStation 5 console exclusive. The game was meant to launch this year, but was delayed due to complications during the team’s shift to working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.