ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, is now in an agreement for Microsoft to buy them outright. The cost of the company will be a staggering $7.5 billion.
Bethesda Softworks is the studio responsible for titles such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Doom & Doom Eternal (under ID Software), Fallout 4 and more. The acquisition will mean that Microsoft also gets control over future releases such as Starfield. Bethesda also have several sub-studios which produce games such as Dishonored, Wolfenstein and The Evil Within.
Exclusives to PS5 are in question
Games such as Deathloop, which were originally due to be a Playstation 5 and PC exclusive will be decided on at a later date. Whether Microsoft keeps the exclusivity of these titles or changes the plan entirely is yet to be seen.
The move now means that Microsoft have 23 development studios under them. This acquisition is a landmark step towards Microsoft’s powerhouse of software developers.
Microsoft launches the Xbox Series X on the 10th November with pre-orders opening tomorrow in most locations.