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Xbox buys Bethesda and its Studios

Microsoft just pulled the win of the century, announcing today that they’ve acquired ZeniMax Media, the parent of video game publisher Bethesda. But what does this mean for Bethesda and Xbox as a whole?

As GamesIndustry.biz explains, the deal between Microsoft and Bethesda means that the number of game development studios Microsoft owns has risen from 15 to 23, 2,300 employees have been added to Xbox, and more, incredible games will fall be added to Xbox’s portfolio. And yes, this does mean that Bethesda’s games will be coming to Xbox Games Pass for console and PC.

IP added to Xbox’s portfolio includes Bethesda Game Studio’s Fallout, Elder Scrolls, as well as studios behind games such as Dishonored, Doom, Wolfenstein, The Evil Within, Rage, Prey, and Starfield. We assume this also means Deathloop, even though it has been advertised as a timed exclusive on the PS5. Whether that’s changed or not remains to be seen.

As for whether future games from these studios will just be exclusive to PC and Xbox has yet to be confirmed, but in a blog post from Vice President of Bethesda, Pete Hines, did state that Bethesda were still going to be publishing their own games. This could mean that games like Elder Scrolls 6 won’t leave the non-Microsoft audience behind, but as of yet, there are no definite answers.

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