Video Games

Microsoft acquires Bethesda

Microsoft has been hyping up the Xbox Series X for almost 6 months now. Originally revealed at The Game Awards (2019) event, Xbox Series X is being touted as the most powerful console, and they have the specs to back it up with it. Microsoft revealed more specs of Xbox Series X. There was a controller leak of the Series S, which shows the same controller, but with a white matte finish, but on the box, it shows when retailers can sell it or display it: November 3rd. This morning, there was a leak of Xbox Series S, but then, Microsoft said “Okay, the leaks are out there now. Let’s just announce it.” And so, in a tweet, Microsoft announced Xbox Series S with the image of the console. Shortly thereafter, Microsoft released the trailer for Xbox Series S. The next morning, Microsoft officially announced the price and release date for Xbox Series X: It will be released November 10, 2020 (same day as Series S), and will cost $499.

Microsoft made a shocking announcement on September 21, 2020 – that Microsoft has acquired ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames, Roundhouse Studios, Alpha Dog, and Arkane…

Xbox Buys Bethesda

This is big, because ZeniMax Media encompasses not just Bethesda, but at least 6 companies under them. Bethesda publishes many games, and has hundreds of games in their backcatalogue. The most recognizable ones are pictured above: Wolfenstein, Doom, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Dishonored, Prey, The Evil Within, and the upcoming Starfield title.

Microsoft said they will be mostly “hands off” with the acquisition. They said they’ll leave it alone. It’s business as usual. The previous commitments to Sony’s time exclusive titles will be honored, and going forward, games will be released for platforms on a case-by-case basis. Some will be multi-platform titles, some will be exclusive to the Xbox branded consoles, and some will be available for PC.