Microsoft has just announced one of the most important movements in the history of the video game industry: the purchase of ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks, for 7,500 million dollars that have been paid in cash. The purchase, which is announced one day before the Xbox Series booking campaign is launched and when there are less than two months left for the new generation to start, is a huge boost for Xbox, Xbox Game Studios and Xbox Game Pass.
With this acquisition Microsoft takes over the exclusive rights to the following franchises: The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, Doom, Dishonored, Prey, The Evil Within, Quake and Rage, as well as the games not yet released Starfield, The Elder Scrolls VI, Ghostwire: Tokyo and Deathloop. For its part, Xbox Game Studios expands with the addition of the following eight teams: Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog and Roundhouse Studios. The package also includes idTech technology.
The big beneficiaries of this purchase will be Xbox Game Pass subscribers, who from today will have available all the games developed by Bethesda Softworks from the day of their launch, including the already announced Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI. In addition, the Bethesda Softworks titles already available should soon be added to the premium service catalog. Microsoft has also revealed that Xbox Game Pass already has more than 15 million users, 5 million more than last April.