In a move that’s sure to shake the industry, Bethesda joins Xbox. Microsoft has announced that it is acquiring Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media. This includes Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios, and it means Microsoft will own franchises like Doom, Wolfenstein, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and the upcoming Starfield. Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier reports the acquisition cost $7.5 billion, three times what Microsoft paid for Mojang, the creators of Minecraft.
Xbox and @Bethesda have worked together for years. We share similar passions and beliefs. Proud to welcome them to 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
Probably the most exciting takeaway from the fact that Bethesda joins Xbox as part of this deal is that now Bethesda and Obsidian are studios under the same roof. This means that Fallout: New Vegas 2 could actually happen in the future, providing the stars align within Microsoft. This deal will also, funnily enough, see Microsoft publish two timed PlayStation 5 exclusive games (Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo).
What does this mean for the Nintendo Switch?
As you’d expect, Microsoft says very little about Nintendo in its announcement. However, it’s certainly not averse to allowing their games to release on Nintendo’s platform. As Microsoft published Ori And The Blind Forest on Switch. And also allowed a Switch port of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice on the hybrid console after acquiring the developer Ninja Theory.
With so many games from Bethesda on Nintendo Switch and the promise that Doom Eternal will follow at some point, this deal could still see more games under ZeniMax’s umbrella come to the platform. Of course, they may also stay exclusive to the Xbox / PC ecosystem.
The fact is that Microsoft has worked hard to bring Minecraft to as many platforms as possible since it acquired Mojang. The company also put a lot of effort into the cross-play features in that game. I think that sets a precedent that it’ll follow through with as many titles under this deal as they possibly can. Fallout: New Vegas 2 though? Who knows?
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