Microsoft acquires Bethesda for R125 billion: What you need to know

This deal could change the face of gaming forever.

Microsoft acquires Bethesda for R125 billion: What you need to know

Microsoft pulled a power move ahead of presales for the new Xbox. The software giant recently announced that it had bought ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion (R125 billion). ZeniMax Media is the parent company of Bethesda Softworks.

Microsoft-Bethesda deal

Bethesda Softworks is a video game publisher that has many large franchises on its roster like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Dishonour, and the Evil Within to name a few.

This is a really big acquisition and it increases Microsoft’s first-party game titles. Xbox head Phil Spencer had this to say:

“We will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC”.

What does it mean for the future of Bethesda?

This means that the ripple effect of this acquisition will affect some titles under Sony, Microsoft exclusive games, and Xbox Game Pass.

The short term benefit of this deal means that if you have Xbox Game Pass, you are getting access to all these awesome major titles. This also makes it very consumer-friendly for the players who don’t want to get Xbox hardware as it will be readily available on PC.

Pete Hines, who is the vice president of Bethesda, explained:

“The key point is we’re still Bethesda. We’re still working on the same games we were yesterday, made by the same studios we’ve worked with for years, and those games will still be published by us”.

Watch: Phil Spencer on CNBC TV

It is definitely a power play by Microsoft. The announcement coming just before pre-orders of the new Xbox console begins. This also means that the next Elder Scrolls game may not be available on PlayStation 5.

This will surely affect the consumer’s decision on which machine they want to buy. PC gamers are rejoicing now that they have access to all these amazing Triple-A titles, and this decision will definitely change the face of gaming forever.

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Source : The South African More