I read the fine print on this Fusion article about x86

Now that I’m a persistent macOS user, this affects me. Turns out they won’t be supporting x86 ISOs booting on ARM (M1 or Apple Silicon). VMware is inventing something new.

“We don’t plan to support installing or running x86 VMs on Macs with Apple silicon.”

“running x86 operating systems on Apple silicon is not something we are planning to deliver with this project”