In a move most of us didn’t see coming this Monday morning, it has been announced that Microsoft has purchased Bethesda/Zenimax for $7.5 billion. The announcement was made on the Bethesda website in a note from Todd Howard and on the Microsoft/Xbox site in a letter from Head of Xbox Phil Spencer.
Spencer wrote, “All of our work, and the foundation of our relationship with you, starts with a commitment to deliver a breadth of amazing games to discover and play on Xbox. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been excited to share more detail on important elements of a plan we’ve been building towards for years. A plan that is the fulfilment of a promise, to you the Xbox player, to deliver the most performant, immersive and compatible next-generation gaming experiences, and the freedom to play blockbuster games with your friends, anytime, anywhere. Today is a landmark step in our journey together and I’m incredibly energized by what this step means for Xbox.”
Todd Howard said, “Like our original partnership, this one is about more than one system or one screen. We share a deep belief in the fundamental power of games, in their ability to connect, empower, and bring joy. And a belief we should bring that to everyone – regardless of who you are, where you live, or what you play on. Regardless of the screen size, the controller, or your ability to even use one. We can’t think of a better group of people to do that with than those at Xbox. We have friendships that go back to those original days. From Phil to his senior leaders to developer support, they don’t just talk about putting players first, they passionately live it.”
The move will see some of gaming’s greatest properties become part of the Microsoft experience. These include perennial favorites such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, Quake, and many others.
Read more by visiting the links above. What are YOU excited to see in this new partnership?