The acquisition was worth $7.5 billion
Preorders for the Xbox Series X and S will be starting from tomorrow, and Microsoft just showed another ace up their sleeve. Xbox will be acquiring Bethesda Softworks and it’s parent company ZeniMax Media.
For those who are not aware, Bethesda is the publisher behind games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Fallout, and Doom. These games will bow be included with Halo and Gears of War as first-party Microsoft releases and will be filling out the Xbox Game Pass service in the future.
More on the acquisition
Microsoft will be paying $7.5 billion in cash for the acquisition of ZeniMax Media. This will make Microsoft entitled to all of Bethesda’s properties along with their eight studios and 2,300 employees. They include Bethesda Studios, Id Software, ZeniMax Online, Arkane Studios, Machine Games, Tango Gameworld, Alpha Dog Games, and Roundhouse Studios.
In a blog post, Xbox head Phil Spencer wrote, “All of our work, and the foundation of our relationship with you, starts with a commitment to deliver a breadth of amazing games to discover and play on Xbox. Today is a landmark step in our journey together, and I’m incredibly energised by what this step means for Xbox.”
This has already become one of the biggest acquisitions in the history of video games, and we can see Microsoft’s strategy here clearly. Each game from Bethesda will be launching on the Xbox Game Pass subscription service. From this we can understand that the following games are going to be exclusive for Xbox and PC.
But a question that remains is concerning Deathloop, which is Bethesda’s PlayStation 5 exclusive. For that we will have to wait until further statements are released.