Microsoft is acquiring ZeniMax Media - parent company of Bethesda. Yeah, let that one sink in. Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios are all set to become a part of the Xbox Game Studios family.
No doubt this is major, perhaps the biggest and most surprising gaming news story and acquisition we've seen in years. As part of the announcement, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox took to Xbox Wire to formally welcome Bethesda.
As one of the largest, most critically acclaimed, privately held game developers and publishers in the world, Bethesda is an incredibly talented group of 2,300 people worldwide who make up some of the most accomplished creative studios in our industry across Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios. These are the teams responsible for franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, Prey, Quake, Starfield and many more.
As per above we've got confirmation that all Bethesda titles will make their way to Xbox Game Pass. Which really, is now ridiculously good value for gamers -- and something that will make both the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X pretty hard to resist in the years to come. That said it leaves a big question mark surrounding the PlayStation 5 exclusivity deals surrounding Arkane's Deathloop and Tango Gameworks' Ghostwire: Tokyo.
Phil is also alluding to perhaps one of the most anticipated and mysterious RPG's in years -- Starfield, from Bethesda Game Studios -- becoming a PC and Xbox exclusive. Which probably means the same for The Elder Scrolls VI.
Today is a landmark step in our journey together and I’m incredibly energized by what this step means for Xbox.
No doubt Phil, no doubt. This is huge -- and in all honesty will take a while to process. The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, DOOM, Wolfenstein. Yeah, these are now Xbox franchises.
woah, that's a huge get. i wonder how many billions of dollars they paid.
edit: $7.5 billion apparently.
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Carmack on the deal:
"Great! I think Microsoft has been a good parent company for gaming IPs, and they don’t have a grudge against me, so maybe I will be able to re engage with some of my old titles."
Obviously Zenimax was just a pain in the ass for him
well, they did sue him over oculus vr.
Bethesda have been trash tier for a while now unfortunately. Fallout 4 was awful and people seem to dislike ME:A and Fallout 76. Elder Scrolls VI better be pretty special.
i recall Fallout 76 went from billboard & bus stop advertising to dropped on Facebook Marketplace to quick recoupe a disappointing loss quicker than you could scroll through several media shills blatantly hyping it on twits
sad yet satisfying to watch
Bethsoft Deserved this for what they did sucking up iD software and Killing off prey II then remaking prey into system shock 1.5 with shadow aliens bastards!