Xbox Acquiring Bethesda is Nothing Short of Seismic

Xbox just dropped huge news by announcing the acquisition of Bethesda. Here's why it's the biggest video game news of the year in 2020.

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EasilyTheBest39d ago

Holy Crap. Microsoft managed to get an Infinity Stone!

roadkillers39d ago

Which one? Is it the time stone because they can go back and place all Bethesdas older titles on Gamepass?

ClayRules201239d ago


That’d be pretty awesome if that’s the case. I look forward to seeing what they’re gonna do next and either of those would be amazing!

MWH39d ago

that's the Soul stone, if managed properly.

ClayRules201239d ago

I don’t think Sony should fork over that much for Square. No thank you.

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umair_s5139d ago (Edited 39d ago )

PlayStation have been hit hard. MS have gone all in with their heaps of cash and have set themselves up for success. They now have the cheapest console, the most powerful console, day one first party games on game pass, xcloud streaming, a partnership with EA, rights to Bethesda portfolio, backwards compatibility, and the existing Xbox game studios. The days they were they laughed at are behind them. They are in the console war and they are here to win.

Army_of_Darkness39d ago

This is definitely a big deal, but Sony is still good. They just need too keep doing what they're doing with their first party.

Kaedro38d ago

Wow, gonna need a senzu bean for that burn.

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ClayRules201239d ago (Edited 39d ago )

And Sony will acquire a more promising and special Infinity Stone “Bluepoint” which will gracefully destroy that other Infinity Stone known as Bethesda.

I kid, I just thought I’d be fun to add that in there, that’s all. I know it’s a BIG deal that Microsoft did this. And Bluepoint are small and so forth. But I’d love to see this happen in a sense, in another reality😂🤪

Miraak82 39d ago

Hmmm if Sony ever acquired Fromsoft they'd get the Soul Stone ....... get it haha ... but for real that would be like woah

goldwyncq39d ago

Next week: Sony acquires Ubisoft.

jerethdagryphon39d ago

I have the feeling that demons souls remake is blueprints job application to make the next darksouls or blood Bourne game

LordoftheCritics39d ago

Bethesda's games have a much much larger audience. Gigantic sales is an understatement. Just ignore Fallout 76, that was an abomination.

This acquisition is a bloody nuke.

Lore39d ago

Sony should fork over 5 billion for Square Enix

Diver39d ago

acquisition aint no nuke. you cant spend 7.5 billion, giveaway games on gamepass then ignore the playstation audience. this wont be no diff than minecraft. alert alert minecraft adding psvr support this week. this gonna be the same. peeps that act like this is the end are just so desperate for something to believe in. theyll scream tomorrow how the xbox sold out even though scalpers were fully ready and stores like my local gamestop only got 6 xbox preorders which is half of the 12 they got for ps5.

CaptainHenry91639d ago (Edited 39d ago )

Sony should acquire Capcom and get Resident Evil, and Devils may Cry, and SF and so on. Not Ubisoft

anubusgold39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

@goldwyncq Ubisoft has been fighting a hostile take over for 6 years now i dont think they are interested in selling out.

MajorLazer39d ago


No chance. A remake is very different from creating a brand new game. Only From can do new souls/borne experiences, they are the masters.

MajorLazer39d ago

Some people live in their own little world and think this is anything more than business. Sony aren't going to throw around billions just to score brownie points or "get one over on MS" as some have been saying. Some on Reddit went even further and said Sony should acquire Take Two, a company worth 20% of the entirety of Sony 🙄😶

FyBy39d ago

This is really huge. Now its first time I think MS can aquire enough subscribers so gamepass can be maybe sometime in distant future profitable. If that happens, theres no way back.

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ClayRules201239d ago


Hahahahaha! Yes, I totally get that!

I just wanna refer to these dev studios at Infinity Stones from now on😁 Sony could be Dr. Strange / Microsoft could be Loki😂we all know how that went🤦🏼‍♂️But Microsoft really wants to be “The ONE ABOVE ALL.

ClayRules201239d ago


Hahahahaha! Yes, I totally get that. Love it. We need acquire that darn Soul Stone haha. From now on I just wanna refer to dev studios as different Infinity Stones😜

Sony - On the phone with other studios Microsoft, they’ve done it, they’ve acquired the first Infinity Stone😱Lets assemble all we can/get your friends from other studios. We will not only collect ALL other Infinity Stones, but we will reach WHITE PHOENIX OF THE CROWN before Microsoft acquires all the stones and becomes ONE ABOVE ALL”

YES! They receive a call from Ubisoft

End conversation

Ubisoft - Well, I’d be our pleasure to help you come one step closer to acquiring all those Infinity Stones, and since we’re a rare and unique Stone ourselves

“Sony CEO annoyed just rolls his eyes over the phone at that comment”

SONY - You most certainly are

Ubisoft - We accept your offer! Now, how will we be making this transaction? Would you like to

SONY - CEO’s heard enough of that nonsense, he just wants ALL the Stones

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SpeedDemon39d ago

Now they need to make some kind of cross over fighting games using all their IP's.

porkChop39d ago

That would actually be really cool. Corvo, Doom Slayer, BJ, Master Chief, Marcus Fenix, Agent from Crackdown, BoS soldier, etc. They could do a fighting game or even some kind of hero shooter.

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Sirk7x39d ago

I could see them being added to Killer Instint or Mortal Kombat.

2cents39d ago

I want to see Doom guy and Master Chief Duke it out, then have some cold beers after, lol.

Ghostbob39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

They would need to work together to try and take down Kratos & Atreus and fail badly 👎

fr0sty39d ago

There would be no after... Doom Guy would rip MC's intestines out and use them as a clothesline.

anubusgold39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

@fr0sty All 1st gen Spartans have armored bones lol made from Ceramic armored plates lol.

Tedakin39d ago

They started to do that with KI. Do it again. KI with guest characters Doom Slayer, Master Chief, Arbiter, Rash, Marcus Fenix etc etc etc.

Sciurus_vulgaris39d ago

I think they have the right characters for a hero shooter or a cross over MOBA.

tontontam039d ago

I think you mean a shooter game.

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FallenAngel198439d ago

It’s the biggest most significant acquisition in the entire industry

darthv7239d ago

Only thing bigger would be for someone to purchase EA or Activision.

porkChop39d ago

Those would be too big, even for MS who could afford it if they really wanted to.

LucasRuinedChildhood39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

2K and Ubisoft would be huge as well. Ubisoft is almost a realistic buy for these companies if you look at its overall value. The others are too big.

neutralgamer199239d ago


You said in a reply to one of my other comments that buy Xbox X for $35 a month how?

darthv7239d ago

@neutral, look up Xbox all Access. It is a program that MS has done a couple times now but never at the start of a new console generation. I dont know if it will be carried in all countries the XB sells to but I know in NA there is the Series S for $25 a mo and the Series X for $35 a mo.

anubusgold38d ago

When blizzard got bought made me so mad they have been crap ever since.

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jivah39d ago

No its not. It's big but isn't the biggest. The biggest was supercell. Which arguably brings in more money. It's not about what is relevant to you. It's big and significant cause its close to you. And one of the biggest. I get it. But in the end its all about money And supercell was worth more.

Ghostbob39d ago

second-biggest acquisition in gaming after Tencent acquired an 81.4% interest in Supercell at a valuation of $10.2 billion.

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NEXUS-639d ago

Its massive news - confusing - but massive. Huge win for ms.

phoenixwing39d ago

this acquisition has changed my view on microsoft. I thought microsoft wouldn't spend extravagant amounts of money anymore for anything but the fact they shelled out 7.5 billion basically says they're not joking around and they aren't happy with being number 2 or 3 anymore. Which comes to the sad conclusion of all of this. Basically at any time if microsoft wants to they can strong arm the industry to the point of buying out billions and billions worth of devs to make the case for their ecosystem. This is just something Sony doesn't have the capital to do.


"Basically at any time if microsoft wants to they can strong arm the industry to the point of buying out billions and billions worth of devs to make the case for their ecosystem. This is just something Sony doesn't have the capital to do."

And THAT is what Phil meant when he said that he didn't view Sony as competition compared to Google and Amazon. Sony simply doesn't have the funds to compete on this level.

We've heard rumors that Microsoft has some sort of unannounced deal with Sega as well. I think Yakuza Like a Dragon is a Game Pass game and Microsoft is sitting on that announcement for some reason.

Bruh39d ago

Don't get why people don't understand this, Microsoft's competition in the grand scheme of business is to beat out Apple, Google and Amazon. In that space Game Pass is by far the most exciting scheme in the realm of gaming, far out-doing Google's Stadia and Apple's Game Arcade. Hence why they are pouring so much into this arena, which is great for Xbox Gamers

ClayRules201239d ago

Indeed, Sony simply doesn’t have the funds to compete with Microsoft in that area like Microsoft.

I really hope going forward Microsoft truly delivers across the board some smart and awesome content for their gamers on Xbox/PC. But I also hope the dev’s that are working and bought up by them are given the freedom to do as they want (whether that be early on or over time) hopefully Microsoft sees real genuine value in them, and allows them to stretch their legs and doesn’t just look at them as just another tool for them bringing in money, but also as a genuine source for great, unique gaming experiences only available on Xbox/PC.

By Bethesda lol, nice knowing ya😂😁but jokes aside, I genuinely wish them the absolute best!

SonyStyled39d ago

I’m happy it works for Phil’s image- the guy who sells a hidden trick up his sleeve but never shows it and make that common smirk on his face 😏. Finally, I mean FINALLY, his words and body language have an honest basis. It is a big acquisition, possibly the largest in first part history in one go. In the long term it’s a big delivery for Xbox as a brand. In the short term, little for the console manufacturer with IPs continuing as multi platform. What those studios can bring for potential new IP content for Xbox and PC is AAA. For now, it’s big console war fuel for the fanboys, and I love it. I miss that competitive 1 up atmosphere from the 360vsPS3 days.

On the other hand, my concern is with the end of the console wars. As for the next Xbox after the Xbox series won’t exist from Microsoft as a console manufacturer, and Xbox will be a streaming service than a console directly. Xbox can’t compete with Sony as a hardware giant, thus Xbox’s focus on being the streaming software giant. This may be, and I hope not, the last generation of true console wars. If Sony doesn’t have a console hardware competitor, how much would they up their game without a competing console. The software is there with PlayStation, the software will be there for Xbox after this purchase, but the competition bar for hardware could be reduced dramatically after the Series/PS5

Zeref39d ago

Microsoft was also heavily involved with the server structure for PHANTASY star online in the west. Which is a big reason why it's exclusive here.

It would be huge for Xbox Japan if they get Sega.

Sirk7x39d ago

I still want to see Nintendo buy Sega. Imagine Nintendo in-house developing a Sonic game.

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ClayRules201239d ago


Phil’s still a slimy foolish liar. I don’t know who would deny just how BIG this acquisition really is, because it truly is what it is, BIG/MASSIVE. Define good thing for Microsoft and hope it’ll bring about awesome things for them, Bethesda and gamers on Xbox and PC!

But to your point about “If Sony doesn’t have a console hardware competitor, how much would they up their game without a competing console” While I can’t say exactly what Sony themselves would do here, I still believe they’d up their game from the PS5 to the PS6 in an evolutionary way, in terms of the console. I mean, again, I don’t know how they’d go about it, power wise, and advancements with not just tech, but like with the exciting and really revolutionary tech in the DualSense controller with the Haptic Feedback with adaptive triggers and so on. But I don’t see why they’d rest easy, considering Nintendo would still be there as competition. Just my opinion.

darthv7239d ago

You think they strong armed zenimax? I think there was a mutual agreement they came to that is beneficial for both parties. Strong arming only benefits one party... that who is doing the strong arming. MS had a lot of free capital to spend and the WB deal fell through so they went with plan B.... Bethesda

phoenixwing39d ago

I said strong arm the Industry not whoever they come to agreements with

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porkChop39d ago

I don't think MS will go farther than this. This was Microsoft making a point. It's a power play to show gamers and Sony that Microsoft is done screwing around. They now own more studios than Sony or Nintendo, and they own some of the most historical and beloved franchises. Xbox is going to offer serious competition next gen.

People can hate on Phil Spencer all they want. There is legitimate criticism to be made. But it's now crystal clear that Phil knows what he's doing. All these acquisitions have put them in a very strong and competitive position going into the next gen. That's exactly what Xbox needed.

JeffGUNZ39d ago

MS is going to do whatever it takes to get all big third party games on gamepass day one. They can do that, gamepass will be an absolute monster.

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