Out of nowehere, Microsoft and Xbox Game Studios announced that they’ve acquired Zenimax which owns Bethesda Game Studios. A deal that will most likely send shockwaves through the entire gaming industry for years to come, and likely starts a “war” like we’ve never seen before.
The news come from the official Xbox account in various social medias, with a full post on the Xbox news-site.
Included in the deal is every team that Bethesda currently owns, like Mikami’s studio Tango, the Doom developer ID and Wolfenstein developer Machine Games.
The deal reportedly cost Microsoft 7.5 Billion Dollar, an absolutely huge deal.
All games will be available day one on game pass, and the entire Bethesda library will now be put on Game Pass. Games like Starfield and beyond will come to Xbox and PC – with no mention of other platforms. A great day for Xbox fans, and for Game Pass owners. However, a sad day for PlayStation and Nintendo fans most likely.
Another focus for Microsoft in this deal seems to be ID’s engine, for better PC ports of the future Xbox games.
Bethesda also wrote about the news on their blog, stating that the games will still be developed and published by them. They’re still working on the same games as they previously did. Full quote is
But the key point is we’re still Bethesda. We’re still working on the same games we were yesterday, made by the same studios we’ve worked with for years, and those games will be published by us.
This will surely send shockwaves throughout the entire video gaming industry, and the ramifications will be felt for years afterward. I would not be shocked if we see Sony pick up someone like Square Enix or Capcom as an answer to this.
Let the acqusition wars begin.