Microsoft has indicated that they are buying the Zenimax Media company for $7.5 billion. The move is to ensure that Xbox has a abundant range of top tier to compete with Sony. Bethesda’s structure and leadership will remain in place, Microsoft said.

Xbox and Bethesda go back to Morrowind on the original Xbox console. So the familiarity between the parties has more than passing familiarity. Bethesda has also published on Playstation but it is know known if Xbox is going to to publish there or not.

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, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios. These are the teams responsible for franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, Prey, Quake, Starfield and many more.

  • 343 Industries (Halo)
  • Alpha Dog Games (Mobile games)
  • The Coalition (Gears)
  • Compulsion Games
  • Double Fine (Psychonauts)
  • Xbox Game Studios Publishing
  • The Initiative
  • inXile Entertainment (Wasteland)
  • Mojang Studios (Minecraft)
  • Ninja Theory (Bleeding Edge)
  • Obsidian (The Outer Worlds)
  • Playground Games (Forza Horizon)
  • Rare (Sea of Thieves)
  • Turn 10 Studios (Forza Motorsport)
  • Undead Labs (State of Decay)
  • Bethesda Game Studios (Fallout)
  • id Software (Doom)
  • Arkane Studios (Deathloop)
  • Tango Gameworks (The Evil Within)
  • MachineGames (Wolfenstein)
  • Roundhouse Studios (Prey)
  • ZeniMax Online Studios (The Elder Scrolls: Online)

With the addition of Bethesda, Microsoft will grow from 15 to 23 creative studio teams and will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass. Clearly Xbox wants to be well stocked with games looking forward.

Ten Cent has been investing in several game studios. They seem to be also interested in publishing. PC gaming in China is still a small segment behind the consoles primarily due to the limited living space available. While China has done much to expand the housing supply with more modern apartments there is much pent up demand.

Starfield is a new role playing game that is presently under development. The game is already poised to become another great title along with the other titans. During Bethesda’s live Gamescom 2020 stream, public relations vice president Pete Hines said that, while Starfield isn’t yet ready for a public showing, he thinks its eventual reveals will be “worth the wait.”

Xbox will now have an incredibly strong portfolio of games which bodes well longer term.

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Microsoft said the ZeniMax deal will close in the second half of fiscal year 2021, and have minimal impact on adjusted operating income in fiscal years 2021 and 2022.

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