Microsoft acquires Bethesda Softworks for $7.5 billion

By Sean Carey,
Microsoft has just dropped a bombshell, by announcing it has entered into an agreement to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks. All studios under the Bethesda banner, such as Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios, and more will soon be owned by Microsoft. This also means iconic IPs such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, DOOM, Quake, The Evil Within, Dishonored, Starfield, and more are also now owned by Microsoft.

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Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said in a post over on Xbox Wire, "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." In Bethesda's press release it mentions that Microsoft has paid a whopping $7.5 billion to acquire the company.

The Xbox Wire post also mentions that Microsoft will be adding "Bethesda's iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC." Spencer continues, "One of the things that has me most excited is seeing the roadmap with Bethesda's future games, some announced and many unannounced, to Xbox console and PC." We could potentially see The Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield, a game that's currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios, as Xbox exclusives and even added into Xbox Game Pass.

The news comes just a day before preorders go live for the Xbox Series X/S and will potentially sway people into ordering one of Microsoft's next-gen consoles. Microsoft has always somewhat battled with the reputation that it doesn't have any major exclusives or big named studios under its banner. Following today's news, that can no longer be said.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean graduated from Southampton Solent University with a first-class honours degree in Journalism, which he uses to keep TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies topped up with gaming and industry news. When not scouring the web for the latest big story, you’ll find him tearing up the streets in Forza Horizon 5, or failing miserably in Call of Duty: Warzone.