"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.
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