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by Monkey Man » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:02 pm

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

Critically acclaimed creators of The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, Quake, Starfield and more join Team Xbox

Today is a special day, as we welcome some of the most accomplished studios in the games industry to Xbox. We are thrilled to announce Microsoft has entered into an agreement to acquire ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks.

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, 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.

Bethesda’s games have always had a special place on Xbox and in the hearts of millions of gamers around the world. Our teams have a close and storied history working together, from the amazing first DOOM, and its id Tech engine, innovating games on PCs to Bethesda bringing their first console game to the original Xbox, the groundbreaking The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Over the years I’ve had many deep conversations with the creative leaders at Bethesda on the future of gaming and we’ve long shared similar visions for the opportunities for creators and their games to reach more players in more ways.

Just as they took the bold first steps to bring The Elder Scrolls franchise to the original Xbox, Bethesda were early supporters of Xbox Game Pass, bringing their games to new audiences across devices and have been actively investing in new gaming technology like cloud streaming of games. We will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC. One of the things that has me most excited is seeing the roadmap 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.

Like us, Bethesda are passionate believers in building a diverse array of creative experiences, in exploring new game franchises, and in telling stories in bold ways. All of their great work will of course continue and grow and we look forward to empowering them with the resources and support of Microsoft to scale their creative visions to more players in new ways for you.

All of our work, and the foundation of our relationship with you, starts with a commitment to deliver a breadth of amazing games to discover and play on Xbox. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been excited to share more detail on important elements of a plan we’ve been building towards for years. A plan that is the fulfilment of a promise, to you the Xbox player, to deliver the most performant, immersive and compatible next-generation gaming experiences, and the freedom to play blockbuster games with your friends, anytime, anywhere. Today is a landmark step in our journey together and I’m incredibly energized by what this step means for Xbox.

Please join me in welcoming all of our friends at Bethesda to Team Xbox.


https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/09/21/ ... ox-family/

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by JChalmers » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:04 pm

Damn thats huge!

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by Mafro » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:05 pm

Great news for the industry.

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by Rax » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:05 pm

Shiiiiiiiiiiiit. That is a big get.

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by Tafdolphin » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:06 pm

Legit strawberry floating megaton

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by Fuzzy Dunlop » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:07 pm

Mafro wrote:Great news for the industry.

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PostRe: Microsoft acquire ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks.
by Knoyleo » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:09 pm

Aren't Arkane still working on PS5 exclusive Death Loop?

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by Tafdolphin » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:10 pm

Knoyleo wrote:Aren't Arkane still working on PS5 exclusive Death Loop?


Similar to Doublefine and Obsidian I image any platform exclusivity deals will come into effect with their next games

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by Venom » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:10 pm

Holy strawberry float - that IS a megaton.

I think it demonstrates that in the long-run Microsoft will be in the gaming industry the longest because they can buy all the major studios and IP. Bad news for PlayStation if the Elder Scrolls becomes an Xbox exclusive.

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by Memento Mori » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:12 pm

So Microsoft now own both Bethesda and Obsidian. Bodes well for Fallout.

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by Garth » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:12 pm

Wow!

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by Edd » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:12 pm

Why's it good for the industry out of interest?

Be interesting to see what they do with stuff like Elder Scrolls, if it becomes Xbox exclusive or it continues being multi-plat like when Microsoft bought Minecraft.

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by Tafdolphin » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:12 pm

I don't like this

Edd wrote:Why's it good for the industry out of interest


I think there's a healthy amount of sarcasm implied there.

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by more heat than light » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:12 pm

Blimey.

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by BAKA » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:14 pm

That's legit insane...

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by Cheeky Devlin » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:21 pm

Holy gooseberry fool that's big.

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by Garth » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:22 pm

That's going to be a lot of games for Game Pass :shock:

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by wensleydale » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:22 pm

Elder scrolls in gamepass? Yes please!

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by Victor Mildew » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:22 pm

Skyrim an Xbox series X exclusive?!?!!

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by JChalmers » Mon Sep 21, 2020 2:24 pm

Victor Mildew wrote:Skyrim an Xbox series X exclusive?!?!!


:slol: I was fully expecting Skyrim to get the PS5/Series X release.

I reckon we could see all of the missing Bethesda big titles added to Gamepass for Series X launch. Haven't played the last two Doom games so want to give them a blast at some point.

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