In a massive sweep up, Microsoft has now completed the acquisition of American video game publisher Bethesda Softworks, along with its ZeniMax Media Inc for an astounding deal worth in the region of $7.5 Billion.
With the agreement made official on Monday evening on Microsoft’s Xbox Wire, several revered franchises from Bethesda Softworks, such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, Prey, Quake, Starfield are now a part of the Xbox team.
Today is a special day… We are THRILLED to welcome the talented teams and beloved game franchises of @Bethesda to Team Xbox!
— Xbox (@Xbox) September 21, 2020
Microsoft acquires Bethesda and plans to bring its titles to Xbox Game Pass
With the acquisition, Microsoft has now increased its ‘creative studio teams’ from 15 to 23 to develop future titles for both Xbox and the Windows platform. Additionally, the ‘Xbox Game Pass’, Microsoft’s video game subscription service for both platforms will now feature all of Bethesda’s titles.
“Today is a special day, as we welcome some of the most accomplished studios in the games industry to Xbox. We are thrilled to announce Microsoft has entered into an agreement to acquire ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks,”on the official website.
The history of Bethesda and Microsoft go way back to 2002 when Bethesda released The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind on the original Xbox console. Subsequently, the Fallout games and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has also seen a massive player base in the platform.
“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,” Spencer added.
Xbox and @Bethesda have worked together for years. We share similar passions and beliefs. Proud to welcome them to Team @Xbox. Excited how we’ll advance gaming together for players everywhere https://t.co/0BcLULyFYF pic.twitter.com/2aectsejsk
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) September 21, 2020
Bethesda Softworks’ public relations and marketing department vice president Pete Hines penned down a distinct announcement on the official website of Bethesda, hailing the team up with Microsoft and emphasising on both the companies’ shared vision of ‘passion, quality, collaboration, and innovation.’
“Microsoft is an incredible partner and offers access to resources that will make us a better publisher and developer. We believe that means better games for you to play. Simply put – we believe that change is an important part of getting better. We believe in pushing ourselves to be better. To innovate. To grow,” wrote Hines.