In September 2020, Microsoft announced that it would buy Bethesda for $ 7.5 billion. However, this deal is not yet dry. The EU Cartel Office has yet to agree to this. The decision is expected to be made on March 5, 2021.

EU still has to agree

According to the media agency Reuters, Microsoft requested approval from the European Commission for the purchase on January 29th. The EU antitrust agency can now approve the deal on a preliminary basis or launch a full investigation should serious concerns arise. How the decision will be made is not yet clear. However, last year Microsoft assumed that the purchase could be carried out without any problems.

Until the purchase is completed, Bethesda is still working independently. Microsoft cannot intervene in company processes. Only after the purchase will Microsoft basically take over the helm and help make decisions. Including whether upcoming games such as Starfield or The Elder Scrolls 6 will appear exclusively for Xbox Series X / S and PC. This is something that Playstation owners in particular are very interested in. Microsoft has not yet made a clear statement on whether future Bethesda games will also be released for Sony's console. At least one time exclusivity for Xbox and PC is very likely to eat.

Now it's time to wait until the European Commission decides on March 5th about Microsoft's purchase of Bethesda. If this is approved, a decision may be made in the coming months about game releases on Playstation. We may then soon know more about which platforms Starfield will be the next big Bethesda release for.

Source: Reuters

01:08
Starfield: Bethesda's all-new SciFi game in the E3-2018 teaser

Read also Microsoft: According to Insider, there could soon be takeovers of further developer studios (1) "src =" https://www.gamesaktuell.de/screenshots/237x133/2019/02/Xbox-Game-Studios-pc-games_b2teaser_169.jpg

Microsoft: According to Insider, there could be more takeovers soon

According to information from an insider, other developer studios could soon be taken over by various publishers. Wasteland 3: Studio InXile is apparently working on a huge first-person RPG (1) "src =" https://www.gamesaktuell.de/screenshots/237x133/2020/08/Wasteland_3_Scorpitron_Keyart_variant-pcgh_b2teaser_169.jpgPcPS4XBO

Wasteland 3: Studio InXile is probably working on first-person RPG

Job postings suggest that Wasteland-3 developer InXile is working on a great first-person RPG. In the past Microsoft had a takeover of Electronic Arts and Nintendo in mind. "Src =" https://www.gamesaktuell.de/screenshots/237x133/2008/07/5a_-_microsoft-logo_b2teaser_169.jpg

Microsoft: Acquisition of Electronic Arts and Nintendo was in the room

A few years ago, Microsoft toyed with the idea of ​​taking over Electronic Arts and Nintendo, among others.