Xbox now owns Doom, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, Dishonored and more
Microsoft annouced that the company agreed to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks for, $7,5 billion US dollars – the biggets acquisition in videogame business in History. Now, the Xbox owner has got game franchises such as Doom, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein, Disnohored and many more from studios like Bethesda, Arkane Studios, Tango Softworks, Machinegames, and more. We still don’t know if the all games will be exclusive to Xbox Series X right now, but deals made prior to the aquisition, such as Deathloop having exclusive features on PlayStation 5, are still on. We don’t how that will change in the future.
The acquisition follows earlier Bethesda games coming to Xbox Game Pass on console and PC, and it gives Microsoft control of future games like Starfield, which has not has a release date yet. Microsoft says future Bethesda games, including Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI, will launch on Xbox Game Pass the day they come to Xbox or PC.
The news comes a few weeks before Microsoft releases its two new consoles: the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S. They’re arriving on November 10th for $299 US dollars (Series S) and $499 (Series X).
Bethesda had already announced two PlayStation 5 and PC exclusives that will arrive in the future: Arkane’s Deathloop and the Tango Gameworks title Ghostwire: Tokyo. Phil Spencer, Xbox’s boss, confirmed that Microsoft will maintain these deals, but future games will come to non-Xbox platforms on a “case-by-case basis”.
Many more studios
This 7,5 billion dollar acquisition increases the number of game studios Microsoft has to 23. With this deal, the company now has sub-studios owned by Bethesda like Dishonored developer Arkane, Wolfenstein studio MachineGames, Doom maker id Software, and The Evil Within studio Tango Gameworks. Microsoft says Bethesda will retain its existing leadership. We expect that Microsoft will use this studios do make exclusive games do the Xbox console family. We don’t know about future PS5 titles.
Microsoft already owns Mojang, the company behind Minecraft. The game is a hit for years and it’s available in all consoles, PC and mobile. It also owns 343 Industries (Halo), Turn10 (Forza), Ninja Theory (Hellblade), Rare (Sea of Thieves, Killer Instinct), Double Fine (Psychonauts, Gang Beasts) and Obsidian (Fallout: New Vegas).
Bethesda is not worried about the aquisition not focusing on PS5 titles. “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,” wrote Bethesda marketing head Pete Hines in a statement.
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