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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.

LEGO Unveils a 1989 Burton-Styled BATWING on #BatmanDay!

LEGO.com:

This is no kid’s toy. If you’re serious about BATMAN™, comic book super heroes or making cool models, this LEGO® DC BATMAN 1989 Batwing is for you!

Recreate the authentic detail and gothic elegance of BATMAN’s iconic aircraft, the Batwing, with this LEGO brick build-and-display model. The impressive reproduction features realistic details, removable canopy, full interior, poseable flaps and a new special brick that will allow you to mount and display your model on your wall. There’s also a stand, nameplate and 3 minifigures – BATMAN™, THE JOKER™ and a Lawrence the Boombox Goon™ – to create an impressive setting for your model.

I have to admit, as awesome as this 2000+ piece set is, I was sold by the 1-2 punch of the wall mount and the mini-figure of Lawrence. Nice touch.

That said, I’d probably want both this and the 1989 Batmobile if I were to pick this up, so I think I’m gonna keep that wallet of mine closed.

The 1989 Batwing retails for $199.99 and releases on November 1, 2020.

DC Universe is Dead, Long Live DC Universe Infinite

The announcement everyone has expected has arrived.

DC Comics PR:

Calling all comic book fans to Explore the Multiverse! DC today announced the evolution of DC UNIVERSE into DC UNIVERSE INFINITE, a premium digital comic book service set to launch on January 21, 2021. With access to more than 24,000 comic books at launch, DC UNIVERSE INFINITE subscribers will also encounter digital-first comics, exclusive access to DC fan events, as well as a steady stream of recently released comics six months after the physical versions hit store shelves. Following its initial launch, DC UNIVERSE INFINITE will begin expanding globally in SUMMER 2021.

The big takeaways:

  • Titans and Doom Patrol were already confirmed as moving to HBO Max for their third seasons, with their prior seasons already having moved over to the platform
  • Harley Quinn1, which has taken off rather considerably with its first two seasons hitting HBO Max, has finally been picked up for a third season.
  • The comics catalog for DC Universe Infinite now is at a six month delay from retail, versus the current one year delay, putting it on parity with Marvel Unlimited.

The only bummer? Pricing remains the same – $10 a month, or $75 yearly. Given how regularly you can get a coupon code to have a year of Marvel Unlimited for $60, it would behoove DC to match or beat that.

Also, can we get some Vertigo, please?

  1. I started watching Harley Quinn earlier this week. It’s actually really good. Give it beyond the pilot – it’s very Venture Bros-esq.