"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", Microsoft said in a statement.
"By now I am sure that most of you have heard the exciting news: ZeniMax Media (the parent company of ZeniMax Online Studios) has signed a deal to be acquired by Microsoft, including Bethesda Softworks and all of its studios, including ZOS", ZeniMax Online Studios director Matt Firor said in a statement released on Twitter.
Zenimax Media is one of the largest game developers and publishers, with instantly recognizable brands under their umbrella. including Bethesda Softworks, id Software, and Arkane Studios. "As a proven game developer and publisher, Bethesda has seen success across every category of games, and together, we will further our ambition to empower the more than three billion gamers worldwide". These are the teams responsible for franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, Prey, Quake, Starfield and many more.
While Microsoft is yet to make an official announcement regarding console availability for future Bethesda games, studio head Todd Howard suggests that upcoming releases won't just launch on Xbox.
Xbox is leaning heavily on its Game Pass subscription service after its biggest launch title, Halo Infinite was delayed into 2021.
"If you want to play Elder Scrolls 6, you will have to buy Xbox", said Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter. The other is that, as a now first-party studio, games from Bethesda will appear on Xbox Game Pass.
Bethesda Xbox are hoping to bring Bethesda's blockbuster titles to their Series X console. At this point, Bethesda already has a couple of deals lined up for the PlayStation 5, so this acquisition drew questions over those deals.
What this likely means is that historically multiplatform IP like The Elder Scrolls will continue to release across multiple consoles and PC. This is huge - and in all honesty will take a while to process.