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Microsoft Has Acquired Bethesda Parent Company ZeniMax Media

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Microsoft has just announced a huge deal, which will see Xbox acquiring ZeniMax Media, parent company to The Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Prey, Dishonored, Wolfenstein, and Fallout publisher/developer Bethesda Softworks. The agreement sees Xbox taking on all of Bethesda Game Studios' affiliated developers including id Software, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames, Arkane, and others.

"Bethesda’s games have always had a special place on Xbox and in the hearts of millions of gamers around the world," writes Xbox boss Phil Spencer in the announcement on Xbox Wire. "Our teams have a close and storied history working together, from the amazing first DOOM, and its id Tech engine, innovating games on PCs to Bethesda bringing their first console game to the original Xbox, the groundbreaking The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind."

Spencer notes that he's held "many deep conversations with the creative leaders at Bethesda on the future of gaming and we’ve long shared similar visions for the opportunities for creators and their games to reach more players in more ways," which has apparently led up to this monumental acquisition for Xbox. The deal will also see Bethesda's back catalogue added to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC.

"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," Spencer's statement continues. "All of their great work will of course continue and grow and we look forward to empowering them with the resources and support of Microsoft to scale their creative visions to more players in new ways for you."

According to Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier, Microsoft is paying $7.5 billion to acquire Bethesda/Zenimax Media, and the deal now sees both Bethesda and Obsidian under the Xbox umbrella. That means Fallout: New Vegas 2 could be a distinct possibility. Deathloop and GhostWire Tokyo will remain timed PS5 exclusives, but future titles like Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI could now be Xbox exclusive (but likely won't be).


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