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Microsoft acquires Bethesda Softworks in $7.5B deal
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ZeniMax Media acquisition brings Doom, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and more to Xbox

Microsoft has acquired ZeniMax Media and publisher Bethesda Softworks, the company announced Monday. Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, published a letter on Xbox Wire, welcoming the The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, Doom, Dishonored, and Quake franchises, as well as Starfield and more, to Microsoft.

Bethesda’s games have always had a special place on Xbox and in the hearts of millions of gamers around the world. Our teams have a close and storied history working together, from the amazing first DOOM, and its id Tech engine, innovating games on PCs to Bethesda bringing their first console game to the original Xbox, the groundbreaking The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Over the years I’ve had many deep conversations with the creative leaders at Bethesda on the future of gaming and we’ve long shared similar visions for the opportunities for creators and their games to reach more players in more ways.

Just as they took the bold first steps to bring The Elder Scrolls franchise to the original Xbox, Bethesda were early supporters of Xbox Game Pass, bringing their games to new audiences across devices and have been actively investing in new gaming technology like cloud streaming of games. We will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC. One of the things that has me most excited is seeing the roadmap with Bethesda’s future games, some announced and many unannounced, to Xbox console and PC including Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios.

Spencer said the acquisition is a “landmark step” for Microsoft. In a news release, Microsoft said it now has 23 “creative studio teams” — up from 15 — making games for Xbox and PC. Microsoft will add Bethesda’s games to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC, too. Microsoft also intends to add future Bethesda games to Xbox Game Pass “the same day they launch on Xbox or PC,” specifically calling out Bethesda Game Studios’ Starfield.

“One of the things that has me most excited is seeing the roadmap with Bethesda’s future games, some announced and many unannounced, to Xbox console and PC including Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios,” Spencer wrote.

Pete Hines, senior vice president of global marketing and communications at Bethesda, posted a separate letter on the developer’s website, outlining why Microsoft is a good fit for the company. Hines said the company has a “long history of working with Microsoft,” and will continue to make games as it always has.

“But the key point is we’re still Bethesda,” Hines wrote. “We’re still working on the same games we were yesterday, made by the same studios we’ve worked with for years, and those games will be published by us.”

Hines added that the Microsoft acquisition will allow Bethesda more resources “to innovate” and “to grow.”

Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media and Bethesda Softworks unites the Fallout publisher and Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment under the same company. Also of interest: Bethesda has two games slated as timed exclusives for Microsoft’s competitor, Sony. Published by Bethesda, Arkane Studios’ Deathloop and Tango Gameworks’ GhostWire: Tokyo are expected to be timed exclusives when they’re released on PlayStation 5 next year. Polygon has reached out to Microsoft for clarification.
https://www.polygon.com/2020/9/21/21448884/microsoft-buys-bethesda-zenimax-xbox-game-studios-starfield-fallout-doom

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Microsoft acquires Bethesda Softworks in $7.5B deal


At first, I thought that said "$7.58" and I was about to be very concerned.

Edited September 21st by Canary Yellow
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At fist, I thought that said "$7.58" and I was about to be very concerned.


Could have been the best $8 anyone has ever spent.

Edited September 21st by Q
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Does this mean their games may not even be on the ps5 anymore? So long as they're still on pc whatever I guess. Maybe I'm just getting weird and easily annoyed, but I am a bit sick of seeing all of the big corporate acquisitions lately.

Edited September 21st by Grey Echelon
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Does this mean their games may not even be on the ps5 anymore?


I doubt MS will take Bethesda games away from PlayStation users as that would piss alot of people off and keep MS from making money off of those gamers. MS bought another company not long ago and kept the games releasing on PlayStation 4 but I honestly cannot remember what that company or the game was.

We will see Bethesda games get added to GamePass where as on PS4 and 5 you'll have to pay for them individually.

Posted September 21st by Q
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I doubt MS will take Bethesda games away from PlayStation users as that would piss alot of people off and keep MS from making money off of those gamers.

Ah but even despite the controversies with bethesda they do still have some pretty big games. They could also seriously benefit off of keeping them off playstation because people will buy then regardless of if they're pissed off. Hasn't stopped big corporate fucks before even in gaming.

Posted September 21st by Grey Echelon
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Does this mean their games may not even be on the ps5 anymore?


They've confirmed that any upcoming games that were announced for other consoles are still getting released on those consoles. The games mentioned in the OP are also retaining their timed exclusivity to PS5.

I would imagine going forward that their established series like Elder Scrolls and Fallout will be multi-console but new series or one-offs may end up being Microsoft exclusives.

It's also worth remembering that Bethesda are largely a publisher of games made by other developers, so it's not as clear cut as some of Microsoft's other purchases who were just developers.

Posted September 21st by Moonray
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Ah but even despite the controversies with bethesda they do still have some pretty big games. They could also seriously benefit off of keeping them off playstation because people will buy then regardless of if they're pissed off. Hasn't stopped big corporate fucks before even in gaming.


True but MS has been allowing other games, such as Cup Head, to be released for other consoles. I think MS is starting to focus more on selling software than Hardware, however they'd still like you to buy their hardware.

Posted September 21st by Q
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They also bought mine craft and that is still everywhere (and being updated everywhere)

Posted September 21st by S.O.H.
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True, I forgot about that and MC is a pretty big game.

Posted September 21st by Q
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This is huge news. MS has given Nintendo some support with Minecraft, Banjo Kazooie, Ori sreries.. But I don't see them giving nearly as much support on Playstation consoles, because Sony is their #1 competitor.. but we'll see.

MS's major goal is to have their software everywhere.

Posted September 22nd by ShadowFox08
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