ZeniMax Media owns Bethesda Softworks the publisher of The Elder Scrolls, Doom, Dishonored, Prey and Fallout.
Microsoft today announced a $7.5 billion cash deal to buy the company.
The deal boosts Microsoft’s collection of 15 creative studios to 23, once all of ZeniMax’s studios are added in. It brings Bethesda’s computer roleplaying games to Xbox Games Pass.
Starfield, the space epic currently in development at Bethesda will now have the same-day launch on PC, Xbox and into the Xbox Game Pass.
Satya Nadella, the CEO who has transformed Microsoft, told press;
Gaming is the most expansive category in the entertainment industry, as people everywhere turn to gaming to connect, socialize and play with their friends,”
Quality differentiated content is the engine behind the growth and value of Xbox Game Pass—from Minecraft to Flight Simulator. As a proven game developer and publisher, Bethesda has seen success across every category of games, and together, we will further our ambition to empower the more than three billion gamers worldwide.”
You can see Microsoft’s press release here.
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