This afternoon brings some huge news: Microsoft has acquired ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks.
Microsoft has bought the company in a $7.5 billion cash deal. It means that all ZeniMax Media’s properties – including The Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Prey, Dishonored, Fallout and more – are now Microsoft properties.
On the acquisition, Pete Hines, senior vice president of Bethesda, has said:
“…the key point is we’re still Bethesda. 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.
So why the change? Because 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.”
Exactly what this means for the future of Bethesda games is unclear. Presumably Deathloop will still remain to be a PS5 timed exclusive. It doesn’t necessarily mean that all Bethesda-published games going forward will be console-exclusive to Xbox (look at Minecraft), but it’s certainly a possibility.
This is huge for the industry, and we’re excited to see what’s next.
We think it’s safe to say that the old “but Xbox has no games!” adage isn’t going to hold up anymore.