The most expensive acquisition in gaming history comes with more than simply some of the most beloved Bethesda games of the past few decades.
Monopoly and Microsoft. I think ive never heard nobody talk about that....
Because there isnt one. If they got EA, Activision and Ubisoft then you might have a case.
they wont stop here....
Game Pass is getting all EA Play games this Holiday. Game Pass is fantastic!
fanboys are shook... relax people at least you'll get these games on PC day one unlike Sony
"The most expensive acquisition in gaming history" No it's not.. Media biais.. ..And those games are multiplatform
How exactly do people like you think monopolies start? Do you think Disney became a monopoly by buying one company?
If they purchase EA I suspect all franchised games such as FIFA, star wars etc would have to remain multiplatform. But games like Titanfall, PVZ, Sims etc would become exclusive. Not sure they would purchase EA though.
The biggest question is whether future games will be exclusive. Microsoft can make a ton of money selling all their games and microtransactions on Sony's console, they may need to to make back some of the 7.5 billion they spent on this. This is why Minecraft is on PS4, because it's not strategically advantageous to not put such a popular game on every console to make as much money as possible.
Therr are so many publishers and devs that this isn't remotely close to a monopoly. Perhaps you need to brush up on the definition.
Btw, they wouldn't have to buy all/most the publishers to be classified as a monopoly. They'd have to buy enough (or other practices like perpetually operating at a loss) to no longer allow Sony/Nintendo to be competitive and subsequently dominating the console market. Long way from that happening obviously.
when you got more studios Then Sony and nintendo combined.....
Microsoft has been in trouble for this before. Remember the windows fiasco??
Exactly Zenimax only make up a very small amount of game releases.
Its almost as if the original Xbox 1 launch didn't happen. The obvious implications that MS would have had a complete monopoly they would have had regarding anything and everything done with the console as far as games were concerned.
What do you mean these games just won't be on Playstation. But, as every Playstation owner says they have a PC so they don't need a Xbox. So, everyone can play. 😉
Lol something tells me suddenly NO ONE has a powerful PC since MS bought Bethesda. As much as Sony has shut out MS this gen and even before next gen starts with their “exclusive time” games and content I don’t want to hear any complaints from Sony fanboys. Personally I would have bought all the Bethesda games on Xbox anyway because I buy all multiplats on Xbox and PS for its exclusives so for me nothing has changed.
^^^ Most don't though, powerful PCs aren't cheap. Also I hate to be that guy BUT MS did the whole exclusive thing first so can't really moan about Sony taking the initiative. Granted I don't like it either but I won't ever forget GTA 4's DLC.
People forget that all these games are PC day one
No. The truth is they will be able to play gamepass on their phones. What happens to exclusive is bad and counter to what gaming is about though? Where is the anti consumer outcry there was for a single character not long ago? There is a lot of hypocrisy.
Lol but i'm sure you would just be fine if this was sony! Also this apparent monopoly has the best deal in gaming with game pass and has the lowest priced console for next gen as an option.
really? a dlc with spiderman on avengers was terrible, weeks of news about how that was bad for all gamers.... But this is good. Again, i hope microsoft gamers act the same way if Sony buys Capcom, Sega, Platinum or Ubiisoft.....
@xTonyMontana i think you might be to young to know your history. But there was a reason why Dreamcast and Sega lost to Sony. And just one hint it was not because of better hardware or better first party games.
I'm not actually too fussed who Microsoft buy, buy I hope Sony adds a few more developers as well. My concern would come if Amazon, Google or Apple purchase publishers or studios. There is no way I want cloud only exclusives.
Do Sony have a Monopoly with Blu-Ray rights?
Yah. No one is talking about it because it’s not even close to a monopoly
Yes, they are putting everyone else under pressure and putting the whole industry at risk. Hurray!
Being a bit dramatic aren't you? If MS hadn't acquired them, then perhaps Amazon or Google might have. I know who I would prefer. Well done MS
Let's not drag the discussion into what if's what actually happened is Microsoft paid 2-3x the value of the company just to keep games off other devices.
Where are you getting your valuations from? You think Phil is just given a box of cash?? He would have had to go through a stringent process. I'm really interested in how you calculated Zenimax's value...
@rightfoot Yes, just like Sony did when it bought 10 studios like insomniac over the last 20 years. Why else do you buy studios? The difference is MS will have their games on multi platforms just not Playstation. But, all Playstation owner have gaming PCs so the will be fine.
Um...no they're not. Sony and Nintendo will do just fine regardless. It's a significant purchase, sure, but it's not as if MS somehow removed some pillar that held everything else up. Bethesda's great when they're at their best, but there's much more out there than just Doom, The Elder Scrolls and other such IPs.
Fanboy logic :- "lolz, xbox has no games, they need to buy more studios, they have no talented devs lol" (Xbox acquires talented studios/devs) "they are putting the whole industry at risk, this is a dark day for gaming"
Next Gen is going to be interesting
It seems to be heading as a subscription war, rather than a console one. Fanboys are already arguing which subscription service is better.
And there is now a clear winner on that front, all MS 1st party on gamepass day 1, now includes any new elder scrolls, fallout, doom, quake and more.
It should be obvious Microsoft is acquiring more than games with there in-progress acquisition of Bethesda [and Zenimax Media]. Microsoft will acquire another game publishing branch, the id tech engine and notable studios (id, Bethesda Game Studios, Arkane, and Machine Games), plus 3 smaller studios that could function in development support. Microsoft's biggest acquirement besides the additional studios, is the Fallout, Elder Scrolls and id Universe (Doom, Wolfenstein and Quake) IPs .
I think id Tech5 would work best on PS5 though. That's the one that 'pioneered' megascans or something like that isn't it?
id Tech doesn't use megatextures anymore.
Happy to be wrong, I was sure that was idTech though.
Throwing money around and buying success isn't a move that deserves credit like it has been. Building successful studios and games over years like Sony does deserves more credit.
You do know Naughty Dog were around long before Sony "bought" them. Guerilla Games was also bought by Sony. Used to be called Lost Boys.
If you're going to compare, MS just made the biggest or second biggest acquisition the industry has ever seen - gotta take that into account. And big publishers with globally recognized and leading IPs.
blah blah blah deflect to Sony... typical.
And they've flourished under Sony, whereas RARE was, and some extent still is, considered to be the guy in the gimp suit MS hauls out from time to time.
@Godmars290 Except RARE was already on the way down, hence why Nintendo had no problem letting them go. Buuuut, who needs facts when they don't support the narrative.
@Sitdown: "who needs facts when they don't support the narrative." You don't apparently. Its that they never really improved under MS. That their best IPs were given to other studios to remake.
LMAO they like to pretend like that never happened.smh
GG was 1 small studio not an existing publisher with 8 studios that made multi-plat games on PC & consoles. GG ended up developing games for PS since 2004 most of GG lifespan which was a good reason for Sony to acquire them.
Credit from a respect perspective, I agree. Ultimately, people that are Xbox fans should applaud the move because while it doesn't mean they necessarily get more or better games, it shows MS is willing to go on the attack to keep Xbox competitive. Sony fans will obviously hate it. In terms of the industry, if it keeps Xbox on the game, It's good. If they mess up our beloved game franchises or start acting anti-competitive then not so good. So there are different lenses to judge they buyout
Ermm... it certainly means more and better games
The thing is what MS actually does with the tech and studios they buy. And there's already examples of how many times they've either squandered resources, let them rot, or overemphasized selling something before making sure that it worked.
I'm sure you said exactly that when Sony bought insomniac Welcome to the real world. Welcome to how business work.
Insomniac had like one game on Xbox. Fact is: Sony makes new IPs, MS pays for existing Multiplatform IPs to not appear in other consoles.
@imtiyaz6.... seriously... sony has been doing whatever it can to bolster its launch line up. It was even trying to get exclusivity on bethesda content... oops... that didn't pan out, did it? Sony are the masters at buying third party content, whereas MS just buy it outright Get over it
I agree. It's like art.
Maybe with the Id 7 Engine in there hands they can finally figure out there Slipstream Engine for Halo sorry Craig U gotta Go Haha 😂
I think the overall problem is that the purchase is slightly overrated. They literally gave one maybe two games that will sell 10 million lifetime.
2 things. 1. they're game series so they can make new games in the series over and over selling 10 million multiple times 2. the streaming software tech is probably what really drove up the evaluation for their price. Right now it upgrades microsoft to be able to provide 4k streaming at a bandwidth that's not overkill and works on phones. To microsoft that is probably one of the single most valuable things they could buy for their current business strategy.
Agreed. But, the industry will prop up anything MS does and latches onto things far less significant than this, so it's no surprise so many journalists are getting in on this for clicks. It will die down soon.
Oh look, another one.
Keep on building mountains out of a molehill games journalists. MS will probably get 2-3 more exclusives this gen than they did last gen, which is nothing to snuff at, but isn't the checkmate it's being built up as. Getting access to better game engines is definitely something they need judging by the recent Halo trailer blunder, but they still have their work cut out for them if they want to compete with the relatively consistent output of Sony first party studios.
Well it would probably help if people stopped calling it the Bethesda acquisition and actually call it right in Zenimax.
Yeah, they bought a reputation and 76....
Likely Xbox gets first dibs at everything but don't think for a second Playstation won't get a say, by them offering it on that platform they make money from them too.
the whole thing just feels sketchy. as hell. also, alot of ppl really overestimate Bethesda games. sure they have fallout and ESO but... lets not forgett hat most of their games were multiplat, that alone does not scream success for exclusives.
Even though Microsoft has had brushes with Monopoly talks in the past, this Acquisition is not a Monopoly. They need to buy at least 3 more Publishers for the talks of Monopoly to even start. Stop this dumb stuff. Sheesh!
Indeed, MS is also getting plenty of bugs and glitches when they bought Zenimax.