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Monday Morning Shocker: Microsoft Purchases Bethesda, Creators of DOOM, FALLOUT, THE ELDER SCROLLS and More

Xbox.com:

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.

No word on what this means for a game like Deathloop, which is (was?) scheduled as a PlayStation 5 exclusive by Bethesda, or if they’ll continue to publish games on platforms other than the Microsoft friendly ones of PC and Xbox. I would imagine it’s very early days overall for those types of decisions.