Welcoming the Talented Teams and Beloved Game Franchises of Bethesda to Xbox

From Xbox Wire: "Critically acclaimed creators of The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, Quake, Starfield and more join Team Xbox.

Today is a special day, as we welcome some of the most accomplished studios in the games industry to Xbox. We are thrilled to announce Microsoft has entered into an agreement to acquire ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks."

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Doge39d ago

Whoa nelly that came outta nowhere.

aconnellan39d ago

It really did - and that’s a get, Bethesda is a powerhouse when it comes to their library of up (not counting the most recent entries to the Fallout franchise)

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RpgSama39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

Oh wow!, that's a big purchase!!, congrats to Microsoft, hopefully this will make Bethesda finally change their dated engine for Fallout and Elders Scrolls, lol.

P.s: Just thought about MS having Avowed AND Elders Scrolls, they sure are hitting hard on that genre market.

P.s.2: how much did they cost? And will they keep those games exclusive, all of them? Some of them? Will they do exclusives on a franchise by franchise basis? SO MANY questions!

UltraNova39d ago


MS spend a cool 7.5 billion to get Bethesda, incidentally that's the same amount of bugs and glitches across the latter's entire game collection.

RpgSama39d ago (Edited 39d ago )


Wow, that's a lot of dough, now I'm even more curious to see what their strategy will be, will they go FULL exclusive or a case by case basis, they will need to recoup all that money.

Sony will definitely need to respond to this with their own set of purchases, if Bethesda will actually be FULLY exclusive, this IS more of a blow than all the other Studios MS bought before put together.

darthv7239d ago

Wow. I didnt believe it at first when I saw some posts on fb. But I guess its true.

MS genereally will keep already established multiplat series multiplat so ones like elder scrolls and fallout should be fine. That new game from bethesda though... that looks like an ES game. Yeah that one is likely exclusive to MS.

Sayai jin39d ago

Bethesda games in the future may still be released on other platforms, there is a large audience on PS. Time will tell on that, but what is for sure is that this aqcuisition will mean even more quality games for game pass.

ABizzel139d ago

There's no downplaying this, this is huge for them, and a big push for GamePass.

SullysCigar39d ago

Yeah agreed. As long as they don't make the games exclusive it's all good! As I understand it, that's not the plan, so nobody gets left behind.

Microsoft seems to have a taste for multiplat publishing now. It's worked well for them with Minecraft - it comes to PSVR as a free patch in a couple of days time, too!

Imalwaysright39d ago (Edited 39d ago )


True! Obsidian, InXile and now Bethesda means that Xbox is the go to console for western RPGs.

pinkcrocodile7539d ago

LOL @uRaDecepticon your eyes got really big?... I nearly cacked me pants.

Hilarious news, amazingly well kept secret by MS with a deliberate news drop of this afternoon (British Summer Time) just before pre-orders go live.

Well done MS, you've taken a sh*t on Sony's lawn

umair_s5139d ago

Yup. That's how it's done.

Ju39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

A lot of subscriptions to make those $7BN back. I wonder how they can make money with that. If you can't beat them, buy them. I guess. And no, no more games for Playstation other the ones which are already on the release plan. No more Doom, etc. Guess I am the only one not being happy about "gangster capitalism"...but ok .

Well, on the flipside, all those games will come out on PC. Hopefully not only on Gamepass, though. Not buying anything from that XB store. That's a joke.

Unspoken39d ago

OMG! Microsoft is firing on all cylinders! While others are looking at mysterious ports, box art, remakes of failing first party franchises, price hikes, being lied to about no cross gen... MS is bringing more gaming to more people with cross gen, Play Anywhere, Gamepass, xCloud, new studios and amazing veterans!

Crap...I might have to switch to Sony. I'm always for the under dog if they have potential to continue innovation. Time to keep supporting both; PSVR, new exclusives and worlds, new architectures and tech. The future of gaming is finally coming into full swing!

TallDarknWavy39d ago

Honestly, Doom is the only thing I care about, I'll be pissed if it doesn't remain multiplatform the same way Minecraft is. Sony needs to buy Take Two and Rockstar in return.

Army_of_Darkness39d ago

Damn! Ms ain't f#*King around next gen!

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UltraNova39d ago

Well this is a megaton... Damn what a move from MS!

Will all those games be Xbox and PC exclusive going forward (sans previous multiplatform contractual agreements of course)?

Jericho133739d ago

Huge news, the day before Xbox on pre order too. Microsoft clearly want their console to be the place to play RPGs and FPSs.

shabz66639d ago

It would be in Microsoft’s best interest to let them publish games on all platforms. Man this the future Microsoft heading to. Becoming ubiquitous. They are publishing games on Nintendo. There was talk of them wanting to publish master chief collection at some point on PlayStation. If they decide to put games from zenimax studios day and date on game pass and then let them release on same time on other platforms it just grows all the teams.

It’s in their best interest to stay multiplat. And I suspect that’s what’s going to happen. Microsoft is spreading its tentacles across the industry.

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jerethdagryphon39d ago

This is bad news a major distribution agent moving lots of major things to probably xbox pc inly

CorndogBurglar38d ago (Edited 38d ago )

I mean, they spent 7.5 billion to buy Bethesda. They'll want to make that money back asap. Which likely means their biggest titles will remain multiplat.....for a while anyway. If they make them exusives they would be cutting their potential audience/sales by more than half.

Seems to me like the smart thing would be to keep those titles on as many platforms as they can until they make their money back.

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-Foxtrot39d ago

They had Obsidian...was that really not enough


UltraNova39d ago


This is truly a "when is enough, enough?" moment.

What's next MS buying T2, EA or Activision?

LucasRuinedChildhood39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

Sony shouldn't have let this happen. If MS makes these games exclusive, their lineup is on par with Sony's. It also means that none of the sequels of PS5 console exclusives like Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo (edit: I should have said that they are timed) will come to PlayStation. Holy shit.

It is telling that Deathloop isn't mentioned or put in the image alongside Bethesda's other games though.

RaidenBlack39d ago

Deathloop and Ghostwire was/is timed console exclusive for PS5. (Has to be)

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Obscure_Observer39d ago


"They had Obsidian...was that really not enough"

Enough? How IRONIC. Specially coming from YOU!

What did you said about Phil, again? Oh yes:

"Doubt it...Phil has been all talk about first party games since he took over. They just don't want to invest or spend money as they are greedy shits."

Serves you RIGHT.

What goes around, comes around.


oof4639d ago

@LucasRuinedChildhood: You know how bonkers this deal is? It cost more than the entire Sony Playstation division made in 2019. That's just insane.

itsmebryan39d ago

This is what happens when you poke the bear. But, instead they poked Godzilla. So, now Xbox gets all their games included with Gamepass day one and MS makes money on copy sold to PS and don't forget Sony is supposed to be using MS cloud services.

That's a boss move make money off of your competition.

Sony could not have stopped it. They are not as big as MS.

Ju39d ago

Well, Zenimax (basically that's what MS bought) tried a hostile take over of Ubisoft a couple of times. I wonder if they will try this again. Sorry to say, but if that's going to happen I will call for regulations. That would be the end of independent publishers and absolutely anti competitive and anti consumer.

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SyntheticForm39d ago

They're playing hardball now.

NeoGamer23239d ago

So, much for people questioning whether MS will stay in gaming and consoles...

This is what is know as a double-down.

Ju39d ago

Well, I wonder who approved that deal. From a business standpoint this doesn't make the slightest of sense. When are they going to make that money back? Never?

PhiberFrenzy39d ago

Microsoft are worth a $trillion they could buy sony a few times over. Let's all pretend it's all about the ps/xbox. I think hardball is an understatement.

lelo2play39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

Great acquisition by Microsoft... BOOOOM.

Big win for Gamepass.

GamerRN39d ago

I'm thinking Gamepass just gained a ton of value!

Relientk7739d ago

Instead of saying "16 times the detail" Todd Howard is now gonna say "16 times the money 💰"

porkChop39d ago

That's insane. Bethesda couldn't have been cheap. I never thought they'd go that aggressive. That's an incredible buy for them. Doom, Wolfenstein, Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Dishonored, Prey, and their huge catalog of dormant IP... Wow. That's a power move.

Ju39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

I wonder if they even knew about that deal. MS bought Zenimax, not Bethesda, but its parent.

UnHoly_One39d ago

7.5 Billion, apparently.

Almost double what Disney paid for Star Wars.

oof4639d ago

Color me flabbergasted.

hulk_bash198739d ago (Edited 39d ago )

Well damn, MS making moves to make surr their next gen consoles are a success. Great get, this defintely made getting a Series X more of a necessity for me.

Ju39d ago

Why? All those games release on PC (incl. Gamepass)

UnHoly_One39d ago

This has been said hundreds of times but some people apparently still don't get it.

Lot's of people don't WANT to game on a PC.

They'd rather buy a 4-500 dollar box, plug it into their TV, and flop down in their recliner to play.

Marquinho39d ago

What a nuclear bomb!!! Wow! Wow! Wow!....


mark3214uk38d ago

typical of ms tho, can't build any good studios and game's, they have to get the wallet out to buy them

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RazzerRedux39d ago

Huge. I'm just glad MS puts all their games on PC.

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RaidenBlack39d ago

I nearly choked while having my breakfast ...

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Charlieboy33339d ago

Are you sure you were chocking on breakfast !? 😝

locomorales39d ago

My vision about Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 changed completely now.

Sony should ask politely to MS put Game Pass on PlayStation, asap.

UltraNova39d ago

It's to MS's best interest to keep publishing on the world's biggest console platform.

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crazyCoconuts39d ago

I doubt they'll roll over and hand Xbox their platform with GamePass, but this will certainly have an impact on PS in the long run. As a Sony fan, i hate to say this, but MS really needs to make the future games exclusive to Xbox to some extent - that's the point of acquiring i think.
Independent of how they handle Game Pass in the future, just having a lock on these IPs is amazing, and is going to rock Sony's world one way or another

UltraNova39d ago


It's MS who has to make up their minds here, not us...

neutralgamer199239d ago


I hope you feel the same if Sony were to buy take two and make GTA exclusive. Sony will react to this now and the same who are praising xbox now will hate on sony

Take two
Square enix

Sony should buy 2-3 of these

Sayai jin39d ago

NeutralGamer, Sony just spent over $750M on securing 3rd party games and content as timed and total PS exclusives. They may try to aqcuire the studios you mentioned, but at the same time, Microsoft may be doing the same. It's all proper strategic moves and who has the deepest pockets.

itsmebryan39d ago

No it's best for them to keep the games to themselves as Xbox and PC exclusives. Remember how important exclusives are? You know people want the console with the most exclusives. Now they have the most powerful console and the best exclusives and more of them with all these studios.

Does this change your choice of next-gen console and if not why?

No Way39d ago


Just a guess, here, but im pretty sure Sony isn't large enough to purchase 2-3 of those companies - especially not Take 2.

MADGameR39d ago

Are you crazy? X Box Gamepass is nothing special. SONY is winning this generation easy.

badz14939d ago


hahaha...NO! Bethesda will continue to self-publish their games despite being under MS and just like Minecraft, will still be available on PS platforms - Plus Minecraft is getting the free VR update soon too. is that available on xbox yet?

there is just no way Sony would be able to stop this as MS is using monies not gained from its gaming division for this purchase. we know MS can even buy EA with all the monies they have but the most important thing here is, the only thing that's going to change is where the money from Bethesda sales end up in, which is to MS now. so far, PS gamers is still getting the games. it would only spell troubles for Sony is MS makes these games only PC and xbox. but I doubt MS hates money as games sales best on PS 99% of the time.

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Felix_Argyle_Catbro39d ago

Bethesda games now only on PC and Xbox. Holy fuck.

dazsarge39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

No, Phil Spencer did not say anything about that yet. We have to wait and see what they do.

Felix_Argyle_Catbro39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

Phil Spencer does not say Bethesda games will now be exclusive to Xbox, but I wonder if they need to be..

$70 on PS5. Or available on Xbox day one as part of Game Pass.

EnViiDisnuCCa39d ago

Phil didn't say yet but it's most likely gonna shut out ps5 besides that ghost of Tokyo game

crazyCoconuts39d ago

I get there's Minecraft, but in general the idea is to buy these to be exclusive to the platform. Maybe they'll entertain timed exclusives but I wouldn't count on it. This is huge

Sayai jin39d ago

That's right Felix...the valie of game pass just grew in magnitude.

Unknown_Gamer579439d ago

Why would they not do that though? MS desperately needs solid exclusives to keep Xbox relevant, and they've somehow managed to acquire a major studio that can give them that in spades. Bethesda may not be my favourite company in the world but their IPs are popular for a reason.