In a deal worth $US7.5 billion, Microsoft is buying Bethesda Softworks' parent company, ZeniMax Media, which includes such gaming blockbuster franchises as "Doom", "The Elder Scrolls", and "Fallout", among many others.
"For us this is about gamers having great access to the games that they love on the devices they own". They were first to fully embrace cross-platform play, they've put a ton of previously Xbox exclusive games on Switch, and the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S have been created to play every generation of Xbox game from day one.
Firor continued on and said he's excited to see how Microsoft and ZOS can work together to make ESO an even better game for everyone before thanking fans for the continued support over the years. I wouldn't expect Microsoft to just give up on that IP, though.
Microsoft says Bethesda's "structure and leadership will remain in place". Polygon noted that the ZeniMax board is composed of a hodgepodge of personalities whose interests lie mostly outside video games.
For its part, Microsoft has not been shy about acquiring studios since 2018. On top of that, Bethesda SVP of global marketing Pete Hines said, "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". Our teams have a close and storied history working together, from the awesome 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. The purchase price is three times what Microsoft paid in 2015 for Mojang, the company behind the Minecraft franchise.
We'll have to wait and see what sorts of games and exclusives will come out of this Microsoft Bethesda deal.
The acquisition means that ZeniMax's game roster will be added to the 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 now in development by Bethesda Game Studios.