Microsoft has announced they are purchasing games publishing giant Bethesda for $7.5 billion. More accurately, Microsoft is purchasing Bethesda’s parent company; ZeniMax Media.
This news comes just weeks before both Microsoft and Sony release their next generation games consoles; the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
The acquisition is expected to significantly bolster the Xbox’s library of exclusive game titles.
Will Fallout and The Elder Scrolls Become Xbox Exclusives?
Bethesda are best known for their long running Elder Scrolls series. Along with the post-apocalyptic Fallout games.
Although Bethesda is also responsible for Doom, Wolfenstein, Dishonored, Prey, and The Evil Within.
Future titles in any of the series may become Xbox exclusives going forward. This would give Microsoft a game-changing advantage in the console war.
The Xbox One was criticized for not having enough exclusive titles when compared to its main rival; the PS4.
It seems clear that this is Microsoft’s intention behind the buyout, as it will level the playing field with Sony.
Existing Sony Deal with Bethesda
Sony already has exclusivity deals with Bethesda in place for certain PS5 games. Whether these deals will continue or be abandoned remains to be seen.
Microsoft will now also be responsible for the success and failure of various Bethesda titles. This means that sales will be important to them. Cutting PlayStation out completely could be damaging.
While we fully expect Microsoft will make some Bethesda games Xbox exclusives, it's unlikely to be all of them.
Although the acquisition will likely stimulate console sales too. As more people buy Xbox consoles to play Bethesda exclusives.
We’ll keep you updated as this story things develops.