As the dates draw closer to the release of the next-gen consoles, both Microsoft and Sony are working hard to get sales. Sony has hit a bit of stumble with the sudden and unannounced news that the PS5 was available for preorder. Microsoft learned from this and stated that preorders for both the Series S and Series X will go live on September 22. Major new was announced early this morning in the video game industry. But today Microsoft is making headlines with the massive announcement that they are bringing in Bethesda into the Microsoftsoft family.
That’s right, Microsoft has purchased Bethesda’s former parent company, ZeniMax, for $7.5 Billion cash. This means that all of Bethesda’s library will apart of the gigantic library for Game Pass. Game Pass has become a key selling point for Microsoft, especially with the Series S for digital games only. This was brought up by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella; “Quality differentiated content is the engine behind the growth and value of Xbox Game Pass- from Minecraft to Flight Simulator. As a proven game developer and publisher, Bethesda has seen success across every category of games, and together, we will further our ambition to empower the more than three billion gamers worldwide.”
With this purchase, Microsoft will have access to the development studios and publishing offices of ZeniMax. ZeniMax President and CEO Rober A. Altman commented, “The big winners today are our fans. We are continuing to develop our slate of AAA games, but now with Microsoft’s scale and entire Game Stack, our games can only get better.”
VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines noted with excitement about the acquisition and the future of Bethesda. “And soon the conversation will move on from this deal to talking about our games again. And I can get back to answering the questions that get us all excited. Tell me more about Deathloop. When can I see more Ghostwire? What’s coming Q4 for The Elder Scrolls Online? I want to see more of the DOOM Eternal DLC. WHEN THE HELL WILL YOU TELL ME ABOUT STARFIELD? I’m excited for those conversations and look forward to talking about all of that – and much, much more – in the weeks, months, and years ahead.”