In a move that has Quite Frankly Stunned The Entire Industry Microsoft Xbox confirmed that they are purchasing ZeniMax Media the owners of Prolific Game publisher Bethesda that means in simple terms Microsoft have buys Bethesda. along with it they now own a slew of popular games such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, DOOM, Dishonored, Wolfenstein, The Evil Within, Pray and Quake. Just to name a few in turn Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arcane Machine Games, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog Games and Roundhouse Studios and now all first party Xbox Developers.
This is one of the biggest acquisitions in the history of Video Games and i’m here today to ask what does this mean for PlayStation and the PlayStation 5. so where do i even begin with this, this was a genuine shock i don’t think anyone expected Microsoft to buy a whole publisher i mean that’s unheard of that’s wild
The news was broken earlier today and i do not think it was an accident that this was announced the day before Microsoft open up pre-orders for the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S. This was a perfectly timed marketing stunt and it’s fair to say that it’s paired off Microsoft have purchased ZeniMax Media for 7.5 billion dollars. 7.5 billion dollars that is so much money for comparison Microsoft bought the creators of Minecraft for 2.5 billion and Disney bought Lucasfilm for 4.05 billion Star Wars was cheaper than Bethesda.
- That’s so strange head of Xbox Phil Spencer provided a statement on the acquisition singing quote is.
as one of the largest most critically acclaimed privately held game developers and publishers in the world Bethesda is an incredibly talented group of 2 300 people worldwide who make up some of the most accomplished creative studios in our industry across Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arcane Machine Games, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog Games and Roundhouse Studios these are the teams responsible for franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, DOOM, Dishonored, Wolfenstein, The Evil Within, Pray and Quake and many more.
That’s such a long list of studios and games so we’re a PlayStation channel so we have to ask the question what does this mean for PlayStation well the immediate question that most people had was will future Bethesda Games become exclusive to the Xbox ecosystem both on consoles and PC will the next The Elder Scrolls, Fallout and Starfield be Xbox Exclusive Games.
- Well Phil Spencer didn’t explicitly say which is really interesting in his statement he said.
One of the things that has been most excited is seeing the road map 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.
Now you’d think if you paid 7.5 billion dollars for exclusivity, you’d be shouting about it at this point so the lack of clarity is really interesting Microsoft could be pulling in Minecraft and planning to release every single Bethesda game on multiple formats both on the PlayStation 5 and indeed to the Nintendo Switch.
Bethesda have been very big supporters of the platform since its release and as a PR move this would be very very smart it also wouldn’t be unpresented Microsoft have released Minecraft on multiple systems and will continue to do so moving into the next generation.
They’ve brought pretty much every single first party release over to the PC and they’ve even launched things like Ori and Cuphead on the Switch so it would further cement Xbox’s new image of a consumer friendly publisher if they were to release The Elder Scrolls and Fallout and DOOM on PlayStation hardware moving forward.
However, what’s really smart is that if Microsoft still publish Bethesda games on the PlayStation 5 it still works in the company’s favour for starters these games will cost 70$ on the PlayStation 5 but will presumably be included in Game Pass Day one is part of an existing Subscription on both PC and Xbox.
Which is wild just from a consumer perspective buying three games for 70 dollars apiece or subscribing to a subscription service for 10$ a month less than that as little as 7.99$ over here in the UK a month to play next generation Bethesda Games that is such a huge get for Microsoft.
Remember they’ve announced this one day before pre-orders open for the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S how many The Elder Scrolls or Fallout fans are going to look at this news and think to themselves yeah, I’m going to buy an Xbox Series X as part of the all-access program where I get the console for a set fee per month and I get game pass included for two years of course to go with Microsoft Next Gen.
So, what about PlayStation 5 console timed exclusives that Sony have already purchased from Bethesda such as Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo well Phil Spencer said that Microsoft will honour these exclusivity deals which makes sense.
One of the first things you’ll see is an Xbox Games Studio logo and that is one hell of a thing also these are timed exclusives so they will eventually come to the Xbox as well presumably via Game Pass so what about Bethesda in general well it stands to reason that Xbox will become the lead platform for the company all of their future games will no doubt come to both PC and Consoles not only will new releases be part of Game Pass all existing Games will be added to the service that was confirmed.
So Game Pass will include all Fallouts, all Elder Scrolls, DOOM everything Arcane’s ever made Game Pass is becoming flush with incredible games most of them now developed by Xbox First Party Studios what’s really interesting is that now there is potential for franchises to be passed around within this network of developers for instance.
Obsidian owned by Microsoft can now create another Fallout owned by Bethesda in fact Obsidian even did a joke tweet about this very thin earlier today so who knows what kind of conversations are going on behind the doors of Microsoft a Halo Game developed by id Software it could literally happen and finally one big question we saw floating around Twitter is could Sony pull off an acquisition like this and the answer is no it seems very unlikely. Remember this isn’t Xbox making this purchase it’s Microsoft
Microsoft have a market capitalization of 1.5 trillion dollars in comparison PlayStation owner Sony have a capitalization of around 100 billion that’s not comparable Microsoft are a huge company especially in comparison to Sony, Microsoft can afford to swallow up these huge publishers and it will only leave a minor dent on their bottom line. But realistically the question is do Sony need to make a purchase like this and the answer is no.
Sony already have a stellar collection of First Party Studios if anything this is just Xbox catching up PlayStation has lived and died on its incredible First Party line up so although it may be a shame that we might not get The Elder Scrolls 6 on a PlayStation 5 this doesn’t necessarily mean that Xbox have Quote, unquote won the generation before it’s even begun.
If anything, it’s just made the next generation way more exciting than any of us predicted it would be this is a huge purchase one of the biggest in gaming history having DOOM, Elder Scrolls and Fallout as potential Xbox Series X Exclusives is a huge statement by Microsoft despite the Xbox one falling behind last gen Microsoft are coming out of the gate swinning.
So, all those people who said there were No Games on the Xbox it’s hard to say that now Microsoft now own 23 First Party Studios it’s going to be an interesting ride so what do you think of the news of this acquisition has it made you change your mind on which Console you’ll buy next generation.