Microsoft buys ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks

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    Wow didnt see this one coming. Microsoft has bought ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks.  So now they own Elder scrolls, Doom, fallout, Wolfenstein, etc.


    Welcoming the Talented Teams and Beloved Game Franchises of Bethesda to Xbox



      I didn’T see it coming, it’s too late for the XBOX series X, any newly developed title under this deal likely won’t come out until very late in the life cycle of this console generation. And they don’t dare make already announced games xbox exclusive.  If they do they’d only win the ire of people not xbox customers.  At least I hope, but then again some are happy to give money to epic as well.


      Better Microsoft than EA. Hopefully they’ll get serious about getting Elder Scrolls VI out – that’s all I care about. Under Microsoft’s direction they shouldn’t allow Todd Howard to screw it up so badly.


      This certainly came out of left-field, and yet, all I feel is apathy.

      I like the properties owned by ZeniMax, such as DOOM and Elder Scrolls, but recent decisions made by the company have put it in a poor light with fans. People are seeing them on their way to becoming the next EA (and while haven’t exactly gone full woke, they have been increasingly pandering to the ultra-lib types). This is just the cherry on top.

      I think the only thing people are looking forward to at this rate is Elder Scrolls VI. If Bethesda find some way to screw that up, it’ll be the last straw and people will leave en masse.


      I’m fine with this. Bethesda has been in financial trouble for a while now. Fallout 76 was a messy launch, and the game is still not doing too great. From what I’m reading, Microsoft isn’t planning to interfere with Bethesda’s publishing, so this feels like more of a financial boost to ZeniMax studios. Big win for Game Pass too since Bethesda’s games will be on there for Xbox Series S and X on day one. Makes the system a hell of a lot more appealing, at least for me personally. I skipped out on the One, and now I can bypass it entirely for the Series X and get all the games that came out for the Xbox One.

      Obsidian and Bethesda are now under the same roof too. While I doubt it will happen, another Obsidian Fallout game is now possible without licensing issues.


      I’m in the apathy camp.

      I’ve played all the franchises that probably matter in this deal, and after Skyrim and Fallout 4 (which I never even finished) I’ll probably never play those franchises again. They do nothing for me. I did them as something to pass the time and fill. Hell, I got Skyrim super special edition with everything in it on my PS4 a few years ago because it was only $13. That was it. It filled the time, I had an okay experience, but in the end….meh.

      Not to mention, Microsoft will shoot itself in the foot anyways because they’ll just release it all for PC and Steam anyways, and then people won’t need an Xbox.


      I’ll be fine not playing Elder Scrolls until I get better pc.


      It will be interesting to see how MS handles their future titles. They already said they will honor existing PS5 exclusive contracts, but future Bethesda titles will be Xbox/PC and “other consoles on a case by case basis.”


      Bethesda did a nasty number on Obsidian over Fallout New Vegas not getting the desired Metacritic score.

      Now, just imagine if Microsoft told Bethesda to make a new Fallout game and Obsidian is calling all the shots.

      Let that sink in.

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      Microsoft is at least showing ambition but I wonder how this is all going to turn out. Microsoft don’t exactly have a great track record of releasing high quality triple a games.

      The games that come to mind are; Halo 5 Guardians, Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, Scalebound(cancelled),  State of Decay 2, Halo The Master Chief Collection and there are a lot more I missed out on.


      I have heard that Gears of War 5 and Titanfall 2 were good, so that is a positive but I’m not sure they will deliver with Bethesda, Arkane and the other studios they now have.





      They’re getting there.


      This is the type of mega move that can totally swing a few million sales.  Microsoft absolutely dropped the mic here by announcing this the week the Series X and S go up for preorder.


      Yeah, I definitely think that whole “case by case basis” thing is likely to only apply to remasters and maybe some smaller titles.  I’d be stunned to see something big like Elder Scrolls VI not being an Xbox/PC exclusive.  Microsoft definitely didn’t drop $7.5 billion to just let games of that caliber find their way onto PlayStation.


      There are a lot of people trying to rationalize out that the PS5 will get the big titles still like Elder Scrolls 6. If MS does release it on PS5, I don’t see it happening day 1, but maybe a year later.  Will be interesting to see which direction they go with this. The one platform that doesn’t get affected at all by this of course is PC lol.


      Honestly, not that impressed.

      They paid $7.5 billion for a couple of franchises going downhill and a bunch of B-tier games. To put it into perspective, it is way more than Disney paid for Marvel ($4 billion) or Star Wars ($4 billion), so it’s not exactly a bargain.

      Furthermore, the next upcoming games from Bethesda are Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo, both being PS5 console exlusives. Effectively, this means that in 2021 Xbox will publish and finance the marketing of two games exclusive to the PlayStation.

      That is a weird piece of business. But ofcourse the Xbox shills will see anything as a W these days…


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