In addition to the games titles, Microsoft will now also own the id Tech games engine, developed by Bethesda’s sister firm id Software.
Doom Eternal, which was released this year and received praise for the quality of its graphics, was built using the most recent version of id Tech.
Piers Harding-Rolls, research director from Ampere Analysis, described the deal as “a major coup”.
“Microsoft has often been criticised for its lack of heavy-hitting first-party games franchises when compared to Sony and Nintendo. This deal catapults Microsoft’s games portfolio into a much stronger position,” he told the BBC.
I actually got goosebumps when I read the tweet on a thread here. Then I went to Xbox Wire to verify and almost poked my eye out trying to put on my monitor/reading glasses.
I could care less about the exclusivity portion of this deal. Just imagining what @TheRayTracer listed is a recipe for [expletive] awesome! The potential of full use of XVA and the Series X is amazing. And I hope they start by practicing with X/S enhancements on the urrent and last gen BGS titles!
I was working when the announced this. I had seen on twitter at lunch time talk of an Xbox announcement today about Pre orders, speculation that they might lower the price a little again. Thought an hour later after work I’d just check the news and saw the actual news and had to double take. It was a surreal moment. I then had a meeting straight after and couldn’t concentrate.