Microsoft has purchased Bethesda for a whopping $7.5 billion. The company announced that the company behind games such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, Quake and Starfield is now part of Team Xbox.
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Bethesda Game Studios includes the following developers;
- id Software
- Zenimax Online
- Arkane Studios
- Machine Games
- Tango Gameworks
- Alpha Dog Games
- Round House Studios
The company announced the acquisition on the Xbox News blog saying;
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”#15FF12″ class=”” size=”21″]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.
As one of the largest, most critically acclaimed, privately-held game developers and publishers in the world, Bethesda is an incredibly talented group of 2,300 people worldwide who make up some of the most accomplished creative studios in our industry across Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios. These are the teams responsible for franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, Prey, Quake, Starfield and many more.
Bethesda’s games have always had a special place on Xbox and in the hearts of millions of gamers around the world. Our teams have a close and storied history working together, from the amazing first DOOM, and its id Tech engine, innovating games on PCs to Bethesda bringing their first console game to the original Xbox, the groundbreaking The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Over the years I’ve had many deep conversations with the creative leaders at Bethesda on the future of gaming and we’ve long shared similar visions for the opportunities for creators and their games to reach more players in more ways.[/perfectpullquote]
Vice President of Bethesda Softworks, Pete Hines commented on the acquisition saying;
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”#FF6612″ class=”” size=”21″]But the key point is we’re sill Bethesda. We’re still working on the same games we were yesterday, made by the same studios we’ve worked on for years and those games will be published by us.”[/perfectpullquote]
By the sound of things, all currently-developed games will still release on all gaming platforms as planned. However, future titles may be different. Perhaps we will see Fallout 5 exclusive to the Xbox ecosystem?