Microsoft Is Buying Bethesda Parent ZeniMax for $7.5 Billion

Ruben Fields
September 22, 2020

It explains that this "includes Microsoft's intent to bring Bethesda's future games into Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or PC, like Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic now in development by Bethesda Game Studios". These are the teams responsible for franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, Prey, Quake, Starfield and many more. All future game releases will be on the service on day-one.

For its part, Microsoft has not been shy about acquiring studios since 2018. Microsoft recently debuted a cloud gaming service that will allow subscribers to play the same titles on Xbox, PC, phone, tablet and even Mac, over its Azure cloud platform.

"Bethesda's games have always had a special place on Xbox and in the hearts of millions of gamers around the world", reads an Xbox news post.

Today's press release concludes with a forward-looking statement that explains Microsoft is expecting "the acquisition to close in the second half of fiscal year 2021 and to have minimal impact to non-GAAP operating income in fiscal years 2021 and 2022".

The 2014 acquisition of Mojang Studios, creator of the reliable "Minecraft", is emblematic of Microsoft being a practical publisher. With this new round of purchases, the company now has ownership of 23 different creative studio teams.

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The Xbox Game pass costs $10 a month (for one platform). As per above we've got confirmation that all Bethesda titles will make their way to Xbox Game Pass.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer told CNBC: "They'll come to Game Pass day-and-date and people will have just an fantastic collection of games to play on Xbox".

The announcement came one day before preorders open for Microsoft's next-gen Xbox consoles, the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X, scheduled to arrive this November.

Whether the same rules apply for upcoming games remains to be seen, but Todd Howard's comments coupled with Microsoft's track record suggests that PS5 owners could still have access to Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6 when they eventually launch. Add to that the financial crisis everyone is now facing with the pandemic and things seem just a bit clearer.

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