Skip to comments.Microsoft to Buy Game Company ZeniMax Media, Parent of Bethesda Softworks, for $7.5 Billion
Posted on 09/21/2020 10:31:35 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
Microsoft is massively expanding Xboxs original games portfolio: The software giant announced plans to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks one of the biggest privately held game developers and publishers in the world for $7.5 billion in cash.
The deal will give Microsofts Xbox games division ownership of top-selling games including Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein, Prey and Dishonored. Microsoft plans to add Bethesdas franchises to its Xbox Game Pass cloud-based service, which has over 15 million subscribers, including future titles like the buzzy space RPG Starfield.
With the addition of Bethesda, Microsoft will expand from 15 to 23 creative studio teams. The deal is Microsofts biggest ever in the games sector; in 2014, Microsoft acquired Minecraft maker Mojang in a $2.5 billion deal.
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This is no good.
This is no good.
True. Feel bad for Bethesda developers as H1B Indians will be replacing competent American game programmers in true Microsoft style
This may actually be good thing.
Microsoft owns Bethesda Studios.
Microsoft also owns Obsidian, who developed Fallout New Vegas.
If Microsoft had any halfway competent people they would have Obsidian develop Fallout New Vegas 2
New Vegas is arguably the best of the series (though I’ll always be partial to FO3). But it would be fun to see new territory get explored. A lot of Fallout fans have been trying to get Todd Holland to announce Miami as the next setting. Maybe get a Fallout version of Disney World.
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