European Commission Approves Microsoft/Bethesda Deal With No Conditions

William writes: "In what is sure to be welcome news for Xbox fans, the European Commission has approved the Microsoft Bethesda deal. While this does not signify the closing of the deal yet, it is an important final step before the two companies merge."

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lelo2play40d ago (Edited 40d ago )

Soooo... what happens now?

DJStotty40d ago (Edited 40d ago )

They get taken over by Microsoft.

Come a few months Microsoft will own the entirety of Zenimax Media with no conditions. Essentially meaning Microsoft can do what they want with any IP and any studio.

And there was some that were saying they would have conditions to be multiplatform imposed lol.....

StarLink40d ago

You sure. Maybe the "no conditions" could be referring to something outside the contract MS and Zenimax signed? I don't know so someone else let me know.

DJStotty40d ago (Edited 40d ago )

I'm quite positive that is what "no conditions" means. If it was "outside" the MS/Zenimax deal, then it is nothing to do with the deal.

It is a takeover, not an exclusivity contract between the 2. When taken over, Microsoft hold the reigns and can dictate what they want regarding games/platforms.

Exciting times ahead!!

cammers199540d ago

Don't know why people are disagreeing with you because you are right. And sadly, I feel microsoft is gonna purge some zenimax subsidiaries.

RaidenBlack40d ago

Master Chief and Doom Guy sharing a beer.

annoyedgamer40d ago (Edited 40d ago )

Or both being put into a grave given how bad Halo Infinite looks. And im not a sony fanboy either, just a longtime fan watching the entire industry crater.

Zhipp40d ago

I think Infinite is the best looking Halo since Reach...

RedDevils39d ago

Both are meh games. Power Ranger in FPS

RazzerRedux40d ago

Microsoft gets out the checkbook.

RazzerRedux40d ago (Edited 40d ago )


If they have handled all the regulatory requirements then isn't it normal to assume that the transaction will go through?

"They get taken over by Microsoft."

You basically just said the same thing.

DEEHULK8840d ago

Is that a trick question or are you someone who just doesn't understand how business works?

RedDevils39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

Business uses Checkbook all the times.

Orchard40d ago

It's like buying a house - Microsoft provides the cash, gets the keys, and has a house (or a lot of new exclusive games in this case).

RedDevils39d ago

MS bought the house, is their they own it outright they can do what the f they want with it; included burning it to the ground if they want.

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DJStotty40d ago

"One thing is absolutely for certain though, Xbox fans have a lot to look forward to in this coming generation."

And i can not wait to see what games for the future holds for my beloved miniature black fridge!!!

RaidenBlack40d ago

Now only if MS would acquire Crytek, as well.
They are a seriously talented bunch, just in need for financial support.

DaveZero40d ago (Edited 40d ago )

I wished MS would acquire Ubisoft and Sega, those are my two, but Crytek are good as well.

RedDevils39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

Not bad, I want to see their games full potential on my 3090.

DiRtY40d ago (Edited 40d ago )


Let’s see what they will do with it.
Microsoft can easily position themselves as the go-to console for RPGs


The Elder Scrolls

as possible exclusives.

Same for shooters by the way


Gears of War
Perfect Dark

as exclusives.

DiRtY40d ago

Oh I forgot Fallout for RPGs and Prey for shooters.
What an insane lineup.

TheRealTedCruz40d ago

The Prey reboot was far more a RPG/immersive sim than an actual shooter. You can get through pretty much that entire game just being smart and bending the world in your favor.

RaidenBlack40d ago

The projects that were already announced (Even if lacking the info regarding the platforms) and close to release, those might release as multiplatform titles i.e Starfield, Ancient Gods II.
But regarding titles that are wayy off like ES6 and Indiana Jones, I am not sure. (timed exclusive?)
Same also goes for future supposed titles like Wolfenstein III, Doom Eternal sequel or Quake Reboot and Prey sequel.
They might also consider selective exclusivity. Like some games becomes entirely exclusive to Xbox n PC henceforth while some titles continues to be mult-platform.

Zhipp40d ago

I'm gonna go with selective exclusivity. Especially for Indiana Jones. Disney might want that one to stay multiplat.

Kilua39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

It only needed to be bought, MS has a great talent in money spending. Well done to them for writing a cheque.

SlothLordPootus40d ago

We were lucky enough to get a 2nd Rage. Don't hold your breath for a 3rd.

ThePacemaker40d ago (Edited 40d ago )

Very good. I can play all of these great games day ONE on my RTX 3080 ti PC 👍🏻

StoneyYoshi40d ago

Good luck getting one especially since the TI variant hasn't been released yet.

RaidenBlack40d ago (Edited 40d ago )

Your "3080Ti" PC?
At least let Nvidia announce the damn product first.

DiRtY40d ago

This comment is such a failure.

1st: The product you claim to have isn't even announced.
2nd: The product will be like 3 times the price of an Xbox Series X.
3rd: The game still requires you to play on a Microsoft platform: Windows.
4th: Microsoft will still appreciate your purchase for the game. Or your subscription to GamePass. I doubt they really care.

anubusgold40d ago

You forgot about Crimson skies which they havent did a sequel yet for.

DaveZero40d ago (Edited 40d ago )

Theres that Hood game from Sumo Digital on the way out that I think looks very nice..

potedude40d ago

Microsoft paid $7.5 billion for Bethesda based on present and future earnings. Those earnings include selling games on all consoles. If they start making games exclusive then the company isn't worth $7.5 billion.

That's not to say they won't take the hit and make these games exclusives, damaging Bethesda's profitability, but the bean counters would be well against that.

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stupidusername40d ago

Would be nice if MIcrosoft forced some quality control on Bethesda's own games.

Sephiroushin40d ago

Hopefully because their games are a bug fest!

Darkborn40d ago

Then they'll take 15 years to release a game instead of like 7 or 8.

Sephiroushin40d ago

@Darkborn ... No, they need to hire better team members to support their current teams, their games has way too many bugs some are unplayable at launch

RedDevils39d ago

They can join up with the Cyperpunk team, and release even more unplayable games at launch.

DaveZero40d ago

With those types of games it's easier I think to release the game and have the community route out the bugs and then the devs go take them out. PC MMO's have done it like that for ages and it's much faster having a forum open for bug reports so players can ticket them. Games like that for a dev team can be like finding needles in a universe but get a million or more players playing and your universe in shrunk.

Sephiroushin38d ago (Edited 38d ago )

Doesnt matter the kind of game bathesda developers always makes buggy games except a few selected ones were they actually only publish... and theres a difference betwen fixing some stuff and adding mods than fixing a unplayable game that people are charged full price because the developers are deficient and dont even know how to fix their shit!

These are the assess that wanted to monetize mods and get a cut from mods people make to fix their shit as well....

They get away with it because dumb people keep buying their infinished mess!

Highrevz40d ago

Great news.

Looking forward to seeing what grows from this further down the line.

MrDead40d ago (Edited 40d ago )

It means other tax dodging tech giants who want a gaming service are going to start taking entire publishers for themselves, as of now they will have no choice but to do so if they want to complete with MS.

I know fanboys will have their company branded knickers in a twist at me saying this but I don't care, I'm a gamer

Extermin8or3_39d ago

I agree I think the practice of buying an entire publisher and it's IP's rather than individual studious abd building new studios and IP's is an appalling one for the industry.