Microsoft has announced that they have acquired ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks.
Responsible for franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, Prey, Quake, Starfield and many more, Bethesda have a rich history in videogames. All of these titles (and more) now fall under the Xbox umbrella.
“Bethesda’s games have always had a special place on Xbox and in the hearts of millions of gamers around the world,” said Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, in a post on Xbox Wire. “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.”
“We will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC. One of the things that has me most excited is seeing the roadmap with Bethesda’s future games, some announced and many unannounced, to Xbox console and PC including Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios.”
This development is certainly an interesting one. Two of Bethesda’s titles (Ghostwire Tokyo and Deathloop) were previously thought to be timed-exclusives for the Playstation 5. With this deal now in place, it looks like that won’t be the case.
We’ll continue to share updates as more come through.