Microsoft takes over ZeniMax Media and thus Bethesda and all associated brands. The parent company of Bethesda is now part of Xbox Game Studios. Is that why brands like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Doom or Starfield will appear exclusively for Xbox and PC? Microsoft is putting a total of 7.5 billion US dollars on the table for the deal.
Microsoft today announced the acquisition of ZeniMax Media and, consequently, Bethesda. Now many fans are wondering what will happen to the famous brands of Bethesda in the future. As a result of the deal, game series such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Doom, Dishonored or Prey move into the possession of Microsoft. Will new offshoots of these brands only appear for Xbox and PC from now on? There is still no clear answer to this. In the message from Pete Hines (VP of PR & Marketing) it says:
"But the point is, we're still Bethesda. We're still working on the same games that we were working on yesterday, with the same studios that we've worked with for years – and those games are all published by us."
The announcement of the takeover comes one day before the start of the Pre-orders for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. If upcoming games like Starfield or The Elder Scrolls 6 actually appear exclusively for Xbox and PC, Microsoft could probably attract a few more fans to its own site. It has already been confirmed that the titles from Bethesda will all be available for release in the Xbox Game Pass in the future. According to Microsoft, the service now has over 15 million subscribers.
Xbox Game Studios grow from 15 to 23 development teams
The deal makes Xbox Game Studios even bigger. New additions include Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog and Roundhouse Studios. Wolfenstein and Quake are also now on Xbox. Microsoft will pay an impressive $ 7.5 billion for the acquisition. We'll stay tuned for you.
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