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Microsoft acquires Bethesda's parent company ZeniMax for US$7.5 billion

Microsoft now owns all Bethesda titles
Microsoft now owns all Bethesda titles (image via Phil Spencer on Twitter)
Microsoft now owns all franchises like Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein, and Fallout thanks to its acquisition of Bethesda's parent company ZeniMax. Several Bethesda, id Software, and Arkane Studios games will be added to the Xbox Game Pass soon.
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In a move that has taken the gaming industry by surprise, Microsoft has just acquired ZeniMax, the parent company of several well-renowned publishers like Bethesda, id Software, and more. According to a blog post by Bethesda, Microsoft has reportedly paid US$7.5 billion for the acquisition.

Microsoft's acquisition of Bethesda means that it now practically owns a plethora of classic franchises such as Doom, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, and Quake. The transfer of ownership shouldn't affect the present and future availability of existing and upcoming titles on other platforms. However, Microsoft could use this opportunity to develop some Xbox exclusives in the future. Interestingly enough, Jason Schreier says that Microsoft is working on two timed PlayStation 5 exclusives.

Fans will be pleased to know that Microsoft will be adding select Bethesda titles to Xbox Game Pass soon, presumably before the Xbox Series X drops. The additional titles should incentivize confused buyers towards Team Microsoft. A lot of the PlayStation 5's appeal came from its vast range of exclusives. With Bethesda under Microsoft's wing, Sony will have to do a lot more to remain competitive.

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Anil Ganti - Senior Tech Writer - 626 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've been an avid PC gamer since the age of 8. My passion for gaming eventually pushed me towards general tech, and I got my first writing gig at the age of 19. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and have worked in the manufacturing industry and a few other publications like Wccftech before joining Notebookcheck in November 2019. I cover a variety of topics including smartphones, gaming, and computer hardware.
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Anil Satyanarayana, 2020-09-21 (Update: 2020-09-30)