Microsoft acquires Bethesda for $7.5 Billion

Last updated on Sep 21, 2020

Posted on Sep 21, 2020

Today, Microsoft has announced that they have acquired ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks. This announcement comes in the form of a news post over on the official Xbox website.

With this acquisition, games such as DOOM, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Quake, and many more big-name titles are now part of the Xbox Team. This includes game developers such as Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios.

Microsoft has confirmed that Bethesda and ZeniMax games will be available to play through the Xbox Game Pass and that they are looking forward to the games that will be released in the future for PC and Xbox. Microsoft has also announced that the upcoming PlayStation 5 timed-exclusive games Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo will continue as planned, and nothing will change from what was initially announced.

"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." -Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox.

This deal marks the second-largest video game acquisition known, following behind Tencent's $8.6 billion acquisition of Supercell.

With the studio being acquired by Microsoft, the creators of the Xbox. It is interesting to see just how many games will be released for the PlayStation 5 in the future. It is said that games will be coming to the Xbox and PC for sure, and other consoles will be on a case-by-case scenario. Only time will tell what will happen.

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