Microsoft Acquires Zenimax Media and Bethesda Softworks
Interesting way to start a Monday by talking about Microsoft with an interesting acquirement of both Zenimax Media and Bethesda Softworks. Published on the Xbox Wire site by Phil Spencer announcing today welcoming Fallout, Wolfenstein, Doom, Dishonored, Quake, Starfield and The Elder Scrolls franchise to Microsoft.
Microsofts Big Move
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. 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.
Just as they took the bold first steps to bring The Elder Scrolls franchise to the original Xbox, Bethesda were early supporters of Xbox Game Pass, bringing their games to new audiences across devices and have been actively investing in new gaming technology like cloud streaming of games. 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.
Keep in mind that this was a 7.5 Billion dollar deal which makes another move on Microsofts part to get more gaming content on their platform. Microsoft just recently added EA Play to Xbox Game Pass for users which is great. Some of us came to the realization that game pass gives us what we always wanted when it comes to “Try Before you Buy.” Also with a discount you make more with more users buying said game.
I personally play a lot of the Bethesda titles on Xbox myself and congratulations on this acquisition. Let’s see what will be the roadmap for this venture and what to expect in future games. What say you gamers? – Beast Out –