Dishonored, Prey, and Wolfenstein
Microsoft has owned Bethesda for two weeks now — at least that’s how long it has been since the announcement — and we’re already seeing the effects of the new leadership. (In actuality, maybe Bethesda does some or all of this on its own, but it’s too tempting to ascribe all developments as Microsoft’s mandate from up high.) It seems like one of the first moves, apart from getting Doom Eternal on Game Pass, is to group together a bunch of last-gen games into high-value bundles.
Thanks to another ESRB leak (and this is really too easy lately with the “Recently Rated Games” tab), we’ve learned of two upcoming Bethesda bundles for Xbox Series X. One is The Arkane Collection which features four games. The most likely candidates are Dishonored, Dishonored 2, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, and Prey.
There’s a similar situation with MachineGames’ recent projects. There’s a Wolfenstein Alt History Collection which also bundles four games. Those have to be Wolfenstein: The New Order, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Wolfenstein: Young Blood.
Assuming a $60 price point, that’s a whole lot of video game in each collection. Or, thinking optimistically, maybe Microsoft is bundling these to add to Xbox Game Pass all together. None of this has been formally revealed yet, so we’ll have to wait to find out what Microsoft’s intentions are. But, as misguided as Bethesda has seemed with properties like Fallout, the games mentioned in these lists make up some of the publisher’s best efforts over the past 10 years or so. They’re fine candidates for the bundle treatment.