Nothing short of an epochal acquisition for Microsoftwho bought the whole ZeniMax Media. Among the divisions of him, we find Bethesda.
A few months ago, rumors began to circulate about a possible acquisition by Sony of ZeniMax Media, the group that owns Bethesda and the various associated studios for the development of video games.
The rumors have caught us, albeit in part: it was not Sony that took the entire company home, but Microsoft.
With a truly sensational and surprise announcement, the Redmond giant announced that it has completed the acquisition of ZeniMax Media for 7.5 billion dollarswhich also includes the Bethesda division and associated development studios Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios , id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog and Roundhouse Studios.
The announcement was made by Phil Spencerhead of Microsoft’s Xbox division, who spoke of the great esteem for Bethesda and its products, from The Elder Scrolls to DOOM, from Prey to Wolfenstein. Bethesda games will begin arriving on Xbox Game Pass for consoles and PC starting in the next few weeksenriching the already extraordinary subscription service.
During the presentation of this maxi-acquisition, Spencer also made a surprise name Starfield, Bethesda’s sci-fi IP announced in 2018 and hasn’t been heard from since. The game, as Spencer confirms, is still in development, and apparently it will be something mind-boggling.
It will be interesting to observe, now, what will happen with future Bethesda (and ZeniMax) products. Will Microsoft become a cross-platform publisher, as Epic Games intends to become, or future The Elder Scrolls, DOOM, etc. will become Microsoft exclusives?
Xbox and @Bethesda have worked together for years. We share similar passions and beliefs. Proud to welcome them to the Team @Xbox. Excited how we’ll advance gaming together for players everywhere https://t.co/0BcLULyFYF pic.twitter.com/2aectsejsk
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) September 21, 2020