Microsoft announced that it has finalized a $ 7.5 billion deal to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks. The confirmation comes a day after the European Union approved the deal. Xbox CEO Phil Spencer announced the news on Twitter and wrote about it in a blog post.
“This is the next step in building an industry-leading studio team of our own, a commitment we have to our Xbox community,” says Microsoft Gaming Chief Phil Spencer. “With the addition of Bethesda’s creative teams, gamers should know that Xbox, PC and Game Pass consoles will be the best place to experience new Bethesda games, including some new titles in the future that will be exclusive to Xbox players. and PC. “
Today we officially welcome Bethesda to Team Xbox. Our goal is to empower Bethesda teams to create their best work and learn from them as we bring more games to more players around the world. Our work together begins now. https://t.co/Ul0jJ41Dr0
– Phil Spencer (@ XboxP3) March 9, 2021
Spencer confirmed that Xbox and PC gamers will get exclusivity to some of the new titles created by the studio in the future. These new titles may include the next edition of Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and other games.
Along with Bethesda, the list of studios acquired by Microsoft includes id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios. The company now has 23 studios of its own.
Bethesda Softworks VP of Public Relations and Marketing Pete Hines revealed in a blog post that there will be no major changes for now.
“First, let me tell you that we are not making any announcements or historical changes at this time,” Hines said. “As we have all shared, the expectation is that Bethesda Softworks and our studios will continue as we have in the past, only with more support and resources than ever before. Obviously, Game Pass has been a major initiative for Xbox, and we will work to put even more of our games on Game Pass than ever before. Beyond that? Stay tuned, we’re just getting started together. “
To recall, the acquisition plans were first announced in September 2020, prior to the launch of Xbox Series X. As of yet, there is no confirmation regarding the number of titles that will be included in Xbox Game Pass. The console maker will reveal more in the video presentation about the recent series of events on Thursday.