In a surprise announcement this morning, Xbox confirms that Microsoft has entered into an agreement to acquire ZeniMax Media, parent company to Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios. Microsoft will pay $7.5 billion in an all-cash deal, expecting to be finalised in 2021.
Together, the studios bring with them many wildly successful franchises, including Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, Starfield, and Quake.
Phil Spencer confirmed in his announcement that Xbox “will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC.” He goes on to say, “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.”
The acquisition has left PlayStation fans uncertain as to whether they will be able to play future Bethesda games without an Xbox or PC.
Pete Hines SVP, Global Marketing and Communications at Bethesda, shares their statement as to why Microsoft “Is The Perfect Fit”.