Following Microsoft’s bombshell acquisition of ZeniMax Media, fans have been curious about how franchises like Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, and DOOM will fit into Microsoft’s plans for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. One of the more fun things many are hoping to see are some crossovers between Bethesda Softworks’ games and the titles from other studios underneath Microsoft’s wing. Here are five of those crossovers we’d love to see the most.
Doom Slayer in Killer Instinct
Source: id Software
For one, Microsoft has already proven how open it is to the idea of bringing guest stars from other franchises into Killer Instinct. Arbiter from Halo, General RAAM from Gears of War, and Rash from Battletoads all appeared in Killer Instinct and were immensely popular with the fanbase. Additionally, a Doom Slayer appearance would help get eyeballs on the Killer Instinct franchise, which is something that it sorely needs if Microsoft wants it to compete fiercely with the likes of Super Smash Bros. and Mortal Kombat. Lastly, Doom Slayer in a fighting game would simply be awesome. With his vast arsenal of weaponry and his brutal melee moves, the Doom Slayer would be a perfect fit for the ultra-violent action of Killer Instinct.
Spartan Power Armor skin in Fallout
While it’s true that Bethesda could also simply add regular armor to a Fallout game that resembles Spartan suits, I think it would be cooler and more creative for it to make a Power Armor design instead. In Halo, Spartans are the one-man-armies of the battlefield, taking down hordes of Covenant soldiers that would wipe the floor with regular UNSC Marines. Power Armor-clad individuals in Fallout occupy the same role; players who are decked out with it can survive an extreme amount of damage that would instantly kill them otherwise. It’s a perfect match.
DOOM skin in Halo Infinite, Gears 5
At the end of the day, both Doom Slayer and Master Chief get up to similar activities: saving the universe from overwhelming invaders that would exterminate all of humanity otherwise. Plus, they’re both armored head-to-toe in green plate, so they share a similar aesthetic.
As for how Doom Slayer would fit into Gears of War, he would be in heaven fighting the Locust horde with a Lancer. Just imagine all of the glory kills that he would pull off with an assault rifle that has a chainsaw on it.
A Flood easter egg in a Prey sequel
Prey was all about making your way through a near-lifeless space station while desperately trying to escape the wrath of the Typhon aliens. These creatures, capable of reproducing rapidly and morphing into many different forms, are not unlike the Flood in these respects. Plus, the eerie and unsettling nature of the Typhon matches up well with the horror vibes that Bungie was going for with the Flood in Halo.
If a follow-up to Prey is indeed made, it would be cool for the developers to add a small nod to the Flood. Perhaps the player will be able to discover an Infection Form in a containment chamber, or a Combat Form hidden away in a locked room.
A Fallout reference in Wasteland 3
What do you think of our crossover ideas? Do you have any of your own? If so, share them in the comments.
For more on Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media, don’t miss our analysis of the deal in which we examine how the acquisition will seriously boost Xbox’s RPG offerings. Also, don’t miss our roundup of the best Xbox One RPGs.
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