Microsoft acquires Fallout creator Bethesda

Tuesday, 22 Sep, 2020

Microsoft has entered a deal to purchase Bethesda's parent company ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion Dollars.

In an absolutely massive move, Microsoft just announced that it's entered into an agreement to acquire ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks for an eye-watering $7.5 billion.

Game series like Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, DOOM, and Wolfenstein all come from Bethesda, and are some of the biggest game franchises on the planet.

Bloomber's Jason Schreier also confirmed that the future games from Bethesda will be on Xbox console systems, PC, and other consoles.

After adding EA Play to Xbox Game Pass, you sensed something was happening at Xbox and Microsoft ahead of the Next Gen console release of Xbox Series X|S.

"Like us, Bethesda are passionate believers in building a diverse array of creative experiences, in exploring new game franchises, and in telling stories in bold ways", said Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox. The deal has PlayStation fans anxious that their favorite franchises - namely The Elder Scrolls, Fallout and Doom - could become Xbox exclusive. Future games, like Starfield, will be available for Xbox, PC and Microsoft's Game Pass video-game service. Phil Spencer said that the relationship between Microsoft and ZeniMax's various studios has been a close one for years.

For example, the company purchased Minecraft back in 2014 for $2.5 billion Dollars (about $3.3 CAD) and continued to release the game across all major video game consoles, including the PlayStation 4. On Game Pass for PC, you can now play Fallout 76 and Wolfenstein: Youngblood. Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard said in a 2018 Guardian interview that the company wanted to keep development in house.

You might be wondering why that's all of a sudden a possibility when the first New Vegas game came out nearly a decade ago. ZeniMax Media divisions include Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames, ZeniMax Online Studios, Alpha Dog Games, Roundhouse Studios, ZeniMax Europe Ltd., ZeniMax Asia K.K., ZeniMax Asia Pacific Limited, and ZeniMax Australia Pty Ltd.

The fate of games like Starfield, Elder Scrolls VI, and whatever the next Fallout turns out to be are now up in the air.