Microsoft purchased Zenimax Media for $7.5 billion United States dollars, which gives Microsoft immediate ownership of Bethesda, partner studios such as id Software and MachineGames, and lucrative video game brands including Doom, Fallout, Prey, The Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein, and Dishonored, among others.
"For us this is about gamers having great access to the games that they love on the devices they own".
"As a proven game developer and publisher, Bethesda has seen success across every category of games", Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in the press release. The image also mentioned existing IPs, like Dishonored, DOOM, The Elder Scrolls, The Evil Within, Fallout, and Prey, while also showing the upcoming Starfield.
I've asked Microsoft for clarification on that language, but the issue of publishing is an interesting one.
For its part, Microsoft has not been shy about acquiring studios since 2018.
Bethesda Game Studios' Todd Howard shared a lengthy statement of his own.
Phil Spencer detailed in an Xbox Wire post the long history between Microsoft and ZeniMax, which had resulted in sharing outstanding experiences like Doom and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind with players. In 2014, Microsoft spent $2.5 billion on Mojang developer Minecraft.
Microsoft says it plans to add Bethesda's classic franchises to its Xbox Game Pass subscription service for consoles and PCs, and says future games including Starfield will be available on Xbox Game Pass on launch day. This acquisition is meant to make the new consoles more enticing.
Phil is also alluding to perhaps one of the most anticipated and mysterious RPG's in years - Starfield, from Bethesda Game Studios - becoming a PC and Xbox exclusive.
Microsoft announced the buyout on Monday, as the company gears up to launch two new next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. The software giant took ownership of Bethesda's parent company - Zenimax Media - bringing Bethesda and eight other studio teams into its stable. A couple of Bethesda titles were already on Game Pass, but it's likely that Microsoft will look to capitalize on the acquisition of popular titles including "Fallout" and the "Elder Scrolls" series. Add to that the financial crisis everyone is now facing with the pandemic and things seem just a bit clearer.
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