Microsoft acquires Bethesda
Just a few days ago, Microsoft announced their acquisition of ZeniMax, the parent company to Bethesda. Sources such as Bloomberg say that Microsoft acquired the company for $7.5 Billion! This has made it one of the biggest video game purchases we have ever seen!
What does this mean for Switch/PlayStation owners?
In the Bloomberg article, Phil Spencer, (Head of Xbox) mentioned that future games will be available on Xbox, PC and Gamepass. For other consoles, he says “We’ll take other consoles on a case-by-case basis,”. Hopefully, we will be seeing future releases on other platforms, but we can’t be 100% sure unless we see it for ourselves. Interestingly, Bethesda recently agreed to make 2 of their upcoming games (Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo) PlayStation 5 timed exclusives. This would mean that, for a certain period of time, those games would only be able to exist on the PS5, and not the Xbox. Spencer says that they will “keep that commitment”, which I find quite interesting.
Bethesda is a very well-known game developer in the industry for titles such as Skyrim, Fallout, DOOM, etc, and Microsoft have definitely made the right move to purchase them, as, with Halo Infinite being pushed back, Xbox didn’t have a very strong launch lineup. With Bethesda’s games being on Gamepass (and new ones being added on launch), this may entice more players to come to Xbox over PlayStation. Since Bethesda/Zenimax also own Obsidian Entertainment, many fans are hoping for a Fallout: New Vegas remaster/sequel.
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