Bethesda have officially been acquired by Microsoft and Xbox, and Phil Spencer has announced that “some” future Bethesda titles will be exclusive to Xbox and PC.
PlayStation has arguably been leading the pack with their exclusive content, but now that Bethesda has been officially acquired by Xbox, that could all change.
In an announcement post written by Xbox’s Head, Phil Spencer, it was confirmed that “Xbox consoles, PC, and Game Pass will be the best place to experience new Bethesda games.” It’s unclear what these benefits will be, but we can look at other studios’ relationship with PlayStation as an indicator.
In Call of Duty, PlayStation players get access to exclusive game modes, weapon blueprints, and double XP. Controversially, 2020’s The Avengers also offered Spider-Man as an exclusive playable character to PS players. It’s possible that for buying Bethesda games on Xbox or PC or playing them through the Game Pass, you’ll get certain exclusive items to use in-game.
Spencer added that there will be “some new titles in the future that will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players.”
What these titles are is anyone’s guess. Fans across all platforms are awaiting any news on The Elder Scrolls VI with bated breath, so it would be a bold move to make it exclusive to Xbox and PC. Although Bethesda’s Todd Howard said “it’s hard to imagine” TES VI as an Xbox exclusive, only time will tell what platform the successor to the ever-popular Skyrim will release on.
It was announced that Bethesda are developing a new Indiana Jones game, so this is a prime candidate for exclusivity. Xbox also now owns other major franchises Doom, Dishonored, and Wolfenstein, so it’s also highly possible that these games will be Xbox and PC exclusive going forward.
Xbox representatives have reinforced their belief that “it’s vitally important that Bethesda continues making games the way it always has.” They say they will help make Bethesda titles “the biggest and most popular games in their history,” with the help of Game Pass.
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How to fix Warzone’s never-ending update loop on PlayStation & Xbox
Warzone’s developers have offered a potential fix for console players having to continuously reinstall the most recent update.
Warzone players on console have been stuck in a never-ending update loop where they need to install the update multiple times over, but Raven Software has offered players a solution to fix this frustrating issue.
Since Warzone’s update on April 6, which nerfed the dominant FFAR and AUG weapons, some console players have had to install the latest updates over and over. This never-ending update loop has been preventing players from accessing Warzone as the download never completes.
Some players reported this issue after the mid-Season 2 update dropped, but the issue appears to have cropped up again after the most recent Warzone update.
To end the update loop and access the game, some players have reported that they have had to completely uninstall the game and reinstall it. However, Raven Software have now acknowledged the issue in Warzone and have provided a possible solution.
Taking to their official Trello board, Raven Software added a card to their Warzone list that states “Some players on console are having to reinstall the update multiple times over.”
They have confirmed that the issue is under investigation and asked players to refer to the description for a potential solution.
Here’s what Raven Suggests to fix the never-ending update loop:
- Let both install
- Launch the game
- Go to DLC Management screen (R3) from Main menu or via Settings menu
- Install both Campaign Packs, & Special Ops Packs
Raven emphasized that this should fix the update loop, but asked players to let them know the results. You can get in touch either through their Twitter or the r/CODWarzone subreddit.
While this bug has most often been reported on PlayStation and Xbox, it’s worth trying on PC too if you’ve been having the same issue. Also, if you have the same issue on Black Ops Cold War, it’s worth trying this method here too.
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Rumor: Battlefield 6 could launch on Xbox Game Pass
It’s possible that Battlefield 6 will launch on Xbox Game Pass following rumors of a Triple-A FPS game launching on Game Pass in Fall.
Rumors that a Triple-A first-person shooter game is highly likely to launch on Xbox Game Pass in Fall have led to speculation that this is Battlefield 6.
The Battlefield 6 rumor mill has been continuously turning, with details of the game supposedly being leaked. The content and settings of the game are still unconfirmed, but we know for definite that Battlefield’s 2021 title will launch in the Holiday season.
Talking on The XboxEra Podcast, Shpeshal Ed revealed a rumor that, “There is a third party, Triple-A, first-person shooter that is very highly likely to be launching in Game Pass this fall.”
Also talking on the podcast, Jon Clarke, the co-founder and Editor in Chief of XboxEra, explains that when you say “triple-A, third party, first-person shooter,” there are two franchises releasing games in 2021 that come to mind: Call of Duty and Battlefield.
It’s highly unlikely that Call of Duty 2021 will launch as part of Xbox Games Pass, as Activision already have an exclusivity deal with PlayStation. Therefore, Battlefield 6 is the most likely candidate.
“My other bet would be Battlefield 6 because the EA Play relationship already exists,” Clarke explained. “And I’m sure Microsoft are sharing lots and lots of lovely numbers on what it does for a player base when you’ve got 20 million people immediately available to play your game.”
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EA Play, EA’s subscription service, has now joined Game Pass, offering almost the entire backlog of Battlefield games to Game Pass owners, as well as free trials for the latest titles. This deal makes it very possible that Battlefield 6 will be available on the Game Pass.
Shpeshal Ed rebutted saying that Back4Blood is also releasing in Fall, but those on the podcast weren’t sure it would qualify as a Triple-A game. That leaves only Battlefield 6.
With Xbox acquiring Bethesda and having some of their games launch exclusively on the Xbox and PC, it’s clear that Microsoft is making moves to acquire the biggest franchises for Game Pass.
We reiterate that this is only a rumor for now, and all signs point towards Battlefield 6 being on Game Pass, but whether it’s a launch title remains to be seen.
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How to get 10 free PlayStation games in 2021
Sony is offering PlayStation 4 and 5 owners free copies of AAA, VR and Indie games as part of the Play At Home initiative in 2021.
Sony is offering PlayStation games for free to PS4 and PS5 owners during the months of March, April and May 2021.
As part of Sony’s “Play at home” initiative of 2021, PlayStation gamers are being treated to a library of indie, VR, and AAA games to play, free of charge. These titles will all be available for a limited time during the months of March, April, and May of 2021 in the PlayStation Store for download.
These games will be available to all PlayStation gamers, without the need for an active PS Plus subscription. Any Play At Home titles are completely free for all players, as was the case when Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection was offered in the past.
Free PS Games for March 2021
The following games will be available for download from March 25, 2021 at 8 P.M. PT until April 22, 2021 at 8 P.M. PT.
PlayStation Indie Game Titles
- Enter the Gungeon
- Rez Infinite
- The Witness
PS VR Titles
- Astro Bot Rescue Mission
- Paper Beast
- Ratchet & Clank (Available from March 1, 2021 until March 31, 2021 at 8 P.M. PT)
Free PS Title For April 2021
For April, there is currently only one game announced for free. That will be Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition, which becomes free for all players between April 19, 2021, at 8 P.M. PT until May 15, 2021, at 8 P.M. PT.
Be sure to not miss the deadline for any of these games, and get them in your library before they’re gone. If you’re a PS VR owner, this may be a great time for you to stock up on quality titles for your hardware.
Sony has stated that they’ll have more to share soon, so perhaps that will be even more free titles for gamers to enjoy in the future. We’ll be sure to update when Sony makes an announcement.
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