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Microsoft To Buy Bethesda Studios For $7.5 Billion

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Posted · Original PosterOP

As of this morning, Microsoft announced its plans to aquire ZeniMax for $7.5 billion. It's said it's to help boost Xbox sales as a push to get Bethesda games onto game pass.

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Microsoft Corp. said Monday it plans to acquire ZeniMax Media Inc., owner of the storied video-game publisher Bethesda Softworks, for $7.5 billion, its biggest video game purchase ever.

 

I don't know about y'all, It doesn't seem great for future Bethesda titles. But who am I to say?

 

https://www.vg247.com/2020/09/21/microsoft-bethesda-acquisition/?fbclid=IwAR39jdPgWoaF4GPMXTOzMqSGQMU1ztSqHM-HfrL1lD1xEdA2gpFAjOfb_6Y
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-21/microsoft-to-buy-bethesda-studios-for-7-5-billion-to-boost-xbox

UPDATE: The purchase was confirmed https://twitter.com/Xbox/status/1308028874962337793
https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/09/21/welcoming-bethesda-to-the-xbox-family/?ocid=Parterships_soc_omc_xbo_tw_Video_buy_9.21.1

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That was unexpected...


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1 minute ago, GamingAsian0 said:

As of this morning, Microsoft announced its plans to aquire ZeniMax for $7.5 Billion. It's said it's to help boost xBox sales as a push to get Bethesda games onto game pass.

I don't know about y'all, I this doesn't seem great for future Bethesda titles. But who am I to say?

 

https://www.vg247.com/2020/09/21/microsoft-bethesda-acquisition/?fbclid=IwAR39jdPgWoaF4GPMXTOzMqSGQMU1ztSqHM-HfrL1lD1xEdA2gpFAjOfb_6Y
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-21/microsoft-to-buy-bethesda-studios-for-7-5-billion-to-boost-xbox

It's hard to fail harder than Bethesda did by themself, so future is looking brighter now.

 

This might be a game changer for the NEXT generation of consoles, considering Bethesda's roadmap (2022+ for Starfield and ??? for TES6) but won't really change much for this one.

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1 minute ago, shermantanker said:

That was unexpected...

Same here my heart kinda stopped for a second 

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Let's just hope they lift Bethesda and not tank MS by adopting Bethesda's people or culture.

 

Maybe we'll get a decent Fallout 76 after all?!


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This is 3x what they payed for Mojang/Minecraft 


 

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Will mircosoft lift them up or will bethesda drag microsoft down? That's the real question. Bethesda worked hard to get to the bad reputation they have now. They'll have to work even harder to get back to where they were at the release of TESV.


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2 minutes ago, Shreyas1 said:

This is 3x what they payed for Mojang/Minecraft 

Yeah, but with this they get more than 1 SINGLE SOLITARY game :)

 

 


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Microsoft playing Monopoly Simulator I see. It's not entirely unexpected that they've acquired Bethesda since MS has slurped up a few other studios in the past. Still, afaik this is their biggest yet. 


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2 minutes ago, Master Delta Chief said:

Microsoft playing Monopoly Simulator I see. It's not entirely unexpected that they've acquired Bethesda since MS has slurped up a few other studios in the past. Still, afaik this is their biggest yet. 

MS bought inXile a bit ago. Pushed Wasteland 3 price to $60, kinda pissed me off.

 


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Posted · Original PosterOP
6 minutes ago, Shreyas1 said:

This is 3x what they payed for Mojang/Minecraft 

Money at this scale is blinding to me honestly.

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13 minutes ago, Stahlmann said:

Will mircosoft lift them up or will bethesda drag microsoft down? That's the real question. Bethesda worked hard to get to the bad reputation they have now. They'll have to work even harder to get back to where they were at the release of TESV.

My friend is thinking that from now on, Microsoft might bring some new and proper titles to the TES series.

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This is great news for future Bethesda titles in my opinion. Bethesda's games the past years have mostly been jokes in terms of quality so hopefully with Xbox and Microsoft managing them, we will get games with better quality. There should also be more funding available for the games now which is positive. 


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Wow. That one acquisition makes the binge they went on for E3 last year look like peanuts. It's the most aggressive move I can imagine from Microsoft going into the Series X. If every Bethesda game ends on game pass + all future titles start appearing on day one, that's a massive competitive advantage against PS5.

 

It also could be good news for some of the devs like Arkane; I love their games but they've never been huge sellers. If they become Microsoft's source of immersive sims for Game Pass that could be a brilliant source of stability for them.

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Well, 4 was the last different Quake unless you wanna count Enemy Territory.   I enjoy the arena aspect they've stayed.   Doom does better as a SP game, imo.


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Just now, ne0tic said:

This is great news for future Bethesda titles in my opinion. Bethesda's games the past years have mostly been jokes in terms of quality so hopefully with Xbox and Microsoft managing them, we will get games with better quality. There should also be more funding available for the games now which is positive. 

i agree it might help on that side, but it will likely mean they will be locked behind the windows store

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how does it not look good for bethesda titles? they'll be free day 1 via Game Pass and I highly doubt their games would get buggier than they've already been, maybe developing for PC and a single console would actually help them optimize


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3 minutes ago, cj09beira said:

i agree it might help on that side, but it will likely mean they will be locked behind the windows store

Doubtful, MS pushes to steam now.  https://store.steampowered.com/curator/3090835


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It's a huge move, if not so great for PlayStation and Switch owners. My question: is this a major coup, or is Microsoft pulling another Nokia and buying a key company when it's too late to save the platform?

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1 minute ago, cj09beira said:

i agree it might help on that side, but it will likely mean they will be locked behind the windows store

Microsoft has all their PC games available on Steam


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