Microsoft buys Fallout, Doom, Elder Scrolls creator Bethesda for $7.5 billion
Microsoft announced that they have acquired ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks and its many studios.
Bethesda boasts legendary titles like Doom, Fallout, Skyrim, Quake, Starfield and Wolfenstein. Microsoft has acquired Bethesda for $7.5 billion.
Bethesda joins team Xbox
The acquisition was announced on Twitter. Further details were given on the Xbox blog post by Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox.
On their relationship with Bethesda, Phil says "Bethesda’s games have always had a special place on Xbox and in the hearts of millions of gamers around the world. Our teams have a close and storied history working together, from the amazing 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". He further adds "Over the years I’ve had many deep conversations with the creative leaders at Bethesda on the future of gaming and we’ve long shared similar visions for the opportunities for creators and their games to reach more players in more ways." Xbox has said that Bethesda's iconic titles will be to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC.
An announcement was made by Pete Hines, SVP of PR and Marketing at Bethesda explaining the reason behind this move. "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."
He further adds that, "It allows us to make even better games going forward. Microsoft is an incredible partner and offers access to resources that will make us a better publisher and developer. We believe that means better games for you to play. Simply put - we believe that change is an important part of getting better. We believe in pushing ourselves to be better. To innovate. To grow."
An exciting venture!
This acquisition not only includes Bethesda Softworks, but also id Software, ZeniMax OnlineStudios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios. This move has given Microsoft some blockbuster titles under its belt.
While Bethesda still has a few unannounced games and Starfield being under development, it will be exciting to see how things pan out in the future and what this acquisition brings to the table.