After Zenimax deal – Microsoft is still looking for studios

from Sebastian Glanzer
The fact that Microsoft keeps bringing game studios under its umbrella is nothing new. The purchase of Zenimax for a whopping 7.5 billion USD was not only an excitement in the community because of the apparently very high price. Anyone who thought that this was enough for now is mistaken. Because those responsible want to expand the Microsoft platform, especially for Xbox users.

Microsoft recently made headlines with the acquisition of Zenimax (parent company of Bethesda). For a whopping 7.5 billion USD – almost 2 Lucasfilms – the hardware and software giant has secured the rights to The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, Dishonored, Prey and Quake, among others. That should please fans of the Xbox in particular.

With Double Fine Productions, inXile Entertainment, Mojang and Obsidian, Zenimax joins a series of studios that were bought by Microsoft. And Microsoft is far from finished. In one Interview with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella mentioned that they will keep an eye on suitable studios. "You can't just wake up one day and say 'let's build a gaming studio'" and "We'll also try to grow inorganically if it makes sense to us," said Nadella.

As Nadella and Xbox boss Phil Spencer emphasized several times in interviews, Bethesda and the games associated with it will be left alone and let them continue to work for them. Because their product is what made them attractive to Microsoft in the first place. According to those responsible at Microsoft, the acquisition of Zenimax and other studios is about offering more content for Xbox gamers, for example. In the future, all new Bethesda games will be included in Xbox Game Pass from day 1.


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