Just before the pre-sale of the Xbox Series starts on September 22nd, there is a bang! The people in charge at Microsoft announce on the official Xbox website that ZeniMax Media and Bethesda Softworks as well as all associated gaming brands could be acquired.
Do you still remember the E3 trade fair before the corona pandemic? "Back then" for a number of years it was simply part of the fact that the "big players" organized their own shows to make everything palatable to gamers that they were currently developing. In addition to Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and Ubisoft, the big names in the industry also included Bethesda Softworks. It has been clear since this afternoon: Should there be another comparable E3 trade fair in the coming years, we will probably no longer be able to enjoy our own event from the latter publisher.
The reason: on the official Xbox website Head of Xbox Phil Spencer announced that Microsoft was able to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks – including all affiliated studios and trademark rights. In other words: Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein, Doom, Quake, Dishonored, Prey, The Evil Within as well as new franchises like Starfield all belong to Microsoft. Cost point according to the games economy: $ 7.5 billion.
What the takeover will look like in the future remains to be seen. According to Pete Hines of Bethesda Management and structures at ZeniMax should not change as a result of the acquisition. "We will continue to work on the games we were working on yesterday, these will continue to be made by the well-known studios we have worked with for years, and the games will eventually be published by us as publishers."
Hines goes on to say that through Microsoft they will be able to develop even better games than before in the future. Because of Microsoft's resources, they can do their job as publisher and developer even better. In the future, the Bethesda franchises will be added to the Xbox Game Pass for consoles and PC – this obviously also means that we can play games like Starfield or Elder Scrolls 6 right at the launch as part of the subscription.
The number of Microsoft studios is growing from 15 to 23 Tomorrow, on September 22nd, the pre-sale of the Xbox Series is to start.
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