The deal is done, Microsoft has completed the acquisition of ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, for $7.5 billion. This deal will raid the company’s catalog of first-party studios to 23.
In a statement from Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, he writes, “This is the next step in building an industry-leading first-party studios team, a commitment we have to our Xbox community. With the addition of the Bethesda creative teams, gamers should know that Xbox consoles, PC, and Game Pass will be the best place to experience new Bethesda games,” and then adds, “including some new titles in the future that will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players.
This is a big announcement from the Xbox team who hasn’t been shy about sharing IPs such as Minecraft with other platforms.
In the statements, Spencer shares, “Now that everything is official, we can begin working together to deliver more great games to everyone. At every step building toward this moment, I’ve been inspired and motivated by the creativity, insight, and community-first approach of the talented people at Bethesda. Our goal is to give these teams the best foundation for doing their greatest work and to learn from them as we continue to build Xbox into an inclusive platform for all players.”
It’s going to be interesting to see where the future of Bethesda titles ends up and how they will be delivered to players. It seems up in the air at this point as to whether series such as Fallout will continue to release on any PlayStation. Sure, it’s more money for the team, but Xbox still needs exclusives.
You can watch a video about the acquisition below:
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