Microsoft announced a massive, $7.5 billion cash acquisition of Zenimax Media and its game publishing arm, Bethesda Softworks. The closure of the deal will also putt Bethesda Game Studios, id, Arkane, Zenimax Onlone, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog and Roundhouse Studios under the Microsoft and Xbox umbrellas, reported Bloomberg.
Xbox head Phil Spencer wrote that this will add 2,300 developers to Microsoft, as well as major PC and console franchises, including The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, Doom, Dishonored, Prey, Quake and Starfield.
In a press release, Bethesda Game Studios vice president Pete Hines wrote that “Microsoft expects the acquisition to close in the second half of fiscal year 2021.” He also said that Bethesda’s games will be “made by the same studios we’ve worked with for years, and those games will be published by us.” That suggests some independence, and even the possibility of games being placed on other platforms.
At the moment, Bethesda is lined up to publish a few upcoming semi-exclusives on PlayStation 5, including Arkane Studios’ Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo from Tango Gameworks.