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Game publisher Bethesda Softworks is now owned by Microsoft.

Bethesda’s parent company, Genmax Media, has been acquired by Microsoft for $ 7.5 billion.

The exact implications of this are still uncertain. In a Interview with Bloomberg, Xbox boss Phil Spencer vaguely clarified that they “take other consoles by the case,” leaving the possibility of a software-over-hardware strategy. Minecraft And Minecraft Dungeon After Microsoft acquired Mojang Studios in 2014. Equally, Ninja Theory Senua Saga: Hellblade II PC / Xbox exclusive, So that’s an example, too.

In an interesting twist, Microsoft will have two timed PS5 exclusives at Arkane Studios. Deathloop And Tango Game‌Works’ Ghostwire: Tokyo, Microsoft is now a commitment It was confirmed to be sticky.

It has been confirmed that the new Bethesda and Genimax games will join the Xbox Game Pass in the console and PC release, which is essentially a major competitive action.

This acquisition will reunite Bethesda with Obsidian under Microsoft, meaning that Obsidian may once again have access to Fallout IP Fall: New Vegas. This is something that fans will love to see, even as Obsidian has already moved forward with its own IP in the last year Uter ter Worlds.

Speaking of the acquisition, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said:

“We add Bethesda’s iconic franchises to the Xbox Game Pass for console and PC. Looking at the roadmap with Bethesda’s future games made me very excited, some announced and unannounced, including Starfield Xbox Console and PC, the most interesting, new space epic currently being developed by Bethesda Game Studios.

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“Like us, Bethesda is a passionate believer in building diverse creative experiences, exploring new game franchises and boldly telling stories. We look forward to continuing and growing throughout their great work and empowering more players with new resources for you with Microsoft’s resources and support to scale their creative visions. ”

While no Xbox console specificity has yet been confirmed, this is another set of important additions to Microsoft’s list of first-party Xbox games studios. Bethesda, ID Software, Arcane Studios, MachineGames and Tango GameWorks are among Microsoft’s previous acquisitions, including Obsidian Entertainment, Playground Games, Ninja Theory, Double Fine Productions, Compulsion Games and Dead Labs. It should also be noted that last week the CEO of Bungie Shot the rumors Bungee negotiated a similar acquisition with Microsoft.

It feels like a next-gen strategy Answer the criticism Microsoft faced with the Xbox One, Which boasts some first-party specs compared to the Sony rival.

Pre-orders for Microsoft’s two new consoles are set to open tomorrow At different times depending on your area.

Updated: September 21, 2020, 6.55 pm BST

The story has been updated to reflect comments from Phil Spencer to Bloomberg on whether Bethesda, now Xbox studio, will release its games on the PS5.

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