The Bethesda acquisition (ZeniMax Media) has been confirmed by Microsoft and is now complete, Bethesda will soon be joining the growing number of game developers that have been taken over by Xbox.
The $7.5 billion deal was affirmed the day after the EU approved the acquisition. Development studios under ZeniMax Media include:
These studios are responsible for some of the most well-known games including: Doom Eternal, Wolfenstein, Rune II, The Evil Within, GhostWire: Tokyo, Dishonored, Fallout and The Elder Scrolls. All of these games will now be under the control of Xbox Game Studios.
This brings the total number of game studios Microsoft has to 23.
Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, released a statement saying:
“Now that everything is official, we can begin working together to deliver more great games to everyone.”
However, Bethesda will be run separately from Microsoft, retaining its existing leadership. Spencer also did mention Bethesda will continue making games the way it always has. Microsoft will also honor Bethesda’s PS5 (timed) exclusives: Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo.
There has been a lot of speculation around whether future titles will be exclusive to PC and Xbox but it seems that this will be a game by game decision. However, Spencer did say:
“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.”
So while it doesn’t seem like Bethesda games will be PC and Xbox exclusives, it does seem the best way to play their future games will be on Xbox Game Pass, where they will launch on Day One.