Microsoft has now officially acquired Bethesda
A huge move by Microsoft just before the release of next nex-generation consoles.
The company behind blockbuster titles such as The Elder Scrolls and Fallout is now officially purchased by Microsoft.
Today is a special day… We are THRILLED to welcome the talented teams and beloved game franchises of @Bethesda to Team Xbox!— Xbox (@Xbox) September 21, 2020
Read the full announce from @XboxP3: https://t.co/Jn0HcTJ9Mi pic.twitter.com/iQVutgT6zq
Xbox released a statement on the acquisition, ”Today is a special day, as we welcome some of the most accomplished studios in the games industry to Xbox. We are thrilled to announce Microsoft has entered into an agreement to acquire ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks.”
The acquisition means Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios are now under the banner of Microsoft.
Microsoft has added: “Just as they took the bold first steps to bring The Elder Scrolls franchise to the original Xbox, Bethesda were early supporters of Xbox Game Pass, bringing their games to new audiences across devices and have been actively investing in new gaming technology like cloud streaming of games.”
“We will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC. One of the things that has me most excited is seeing the roadmap with Bethesda’s future games, some announced and many unannounced, to Xbox console and PC including Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios.”
As we are nearing the release date of next-generation consoles and such a massive move by Microsoft could impact consoles sales right away because franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonoured, Prey, Quake, Starfield and many more are now officially owned by Microsoft and they have the power to make it Xbox exclusives. It is only a possibility but we never know.