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Xbox and Bethesda talk about their future in new roundtable livestream

Leaders from Microsoft and Bethesda will talk about the future

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Members of leadership from the Xbox and Bethesda Softworks teams will discuss Microsoft’s recently confirmed acquisition of ZeniMax Media, Bethesda’s parent company, during a livestreamed video roundtable on Thursday. The event will kick off at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, and will be streamed on YouTube.

Described as “a conversation with key leaders celebrating Bethesda joining Team Xbox,” the event will not be focused on news and game reveals, according to general manager of Xbox games marketing Aaron Greenberg. Instead, it will be “a great chance to learn more about the teams & people at Bethesda,” Greenberg said.

In other words, don’t expect first footage of Bethesda Game Studios’ Starfield or The Elder Scrolls 6 to show up during the stream. (Those games are still far, far away.) Viewers may get more information about additional Bethesda Softworks-published games coming to Xbox Game Pass. Some Bethesda games, like The Evil Within, have never appeared on the service, while others (e.g., Prey, Doom, Fallout 4) have come and gone for Game Pass subscribers.

Microsoft officially confirmed its $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media on Monday, bringing Bethesda Softworks’ eight owned studios into the Xbox fold. Microsoft also confirmed that some future Bethesda games will be exclusive to Xbox and PC platforms.

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