So, the gaming community experienced a seismic shift in the on-going “console wars” of this new impending generation earlier today. Microsoft dropped the news that they purchased Bethesda/Zenimax Studios in a deal that cost the software titan 7.5 billion dollars. Franchises like Fallout, Doom, Dishonored, Elder Scrolls and Wolfenstein are now all set to become Microsoft 1st Party titles. There has not been any official word on whether these landmark gaming franchises will become Xbox/PC exclusives… but I don’t think we’ll hear anything on that for a while.
This is a huge get for Team Microsoft who has been placing all their chips on services over exclusives. Sony has mainly been trying to win the hearts of gamers through their insane lineup of first party EXCLUSIVE to the PlayStation games and so far up until today it seemed like the strategy was paying off. Granted the whole PS5 pre-order fiasco was newsworthy for all the wrong reasons, it still showed a fevered desire for Sony’s new hardware. Xbox HAD Halo Infinite until that got delayed till next year over a rather “shoddy” looking debut trailer. Microsoft doesn’t have any massive 1st party games to launch the console with so making this new acquisition really seems to kind of settle that problem.
As I said, Microsoft is really banking on the services they have to offer, with Xbox Game Pass being the thing they’re hoping is going to move Xbox’s this holiday season. Now that they own Bethesda, they can include Fallout, Doom and Elder Scrolls on their release day and date in the catalog of Game Pass titles for users to enjoy. This is also a boon for future titles in these venerable franchises as now they have Microsoft backing and projects that seemed a little out of reach just became that much more tangible.
Fallout New Vegas 2 anyone?!
Either way this is a historic move and really is quite the kickoff only weeks before both the PS5 and Xbox Series X and Series S are set to launch to the public. This is a story still in motion, so we promise to update you with information as it is made available to the world.