EU approved the deal between Microsoft and Bethesda. Microsoft has officially acquired Bethesda’s parent company named ‘ZeniMax Media’ for $7.5 Billion and Microsoft has since confirmed more Bethesda exclusives for Xbox and PC. Acquisition of Bethesda takes the total number of first party studios under Xbox at 23 compared to Sony’s total 13.
“This is the next step in building an industry-leading first party studios team, a commitment we have to our Xbox community,” says Microsoft’s gaming chief Phil Spencer. “With the addition of the Bethesda creative teams, gamers should know that Xbox consoles, PC, and Game Pass will be the best place to experience new Bethesda games, including some new titles in the future that will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players.”
Bethesda will be functioning as a separate business under its existing leadership. This comes as a similar approach from Microsoft as with its other recent acquisitions including Mojang, LinkedIn and Github.
Microsoft already promised that it will be honouring PS5 Exclusive commitments for Deathloop, Ghostwire: Tokyo. Other Multiplatform games like Elder Scrolls: Online will continue to be supported just as they are.
On the other hand, there are some general questions people will undoubtedly have. One of such is about the exclusive Xbox titles and Phil Spencer has confirmed that there will be new titles coming that will be exclusive to Xbox and PC.
The most obvious possibility about this acquisition’s future is that all of Bethesda’s upcoming games will go exclusive to Windows 10 and Xbox, with complete access in the Xbox Game pass from Day 1.