After receiving approval from the European Commission for the deal, Microsoft goes ahead with it’s $7.5 billion purchase of Bethesda’s parent company Zenimax, bringing Bethesda and other studios under the ownership of Microsoft.
“This is an exciting day for Xbox. Today we officially complete the acquisition of ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks. It’s an honor to welcome the eight incredibly talented development studios – Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios – and their passionate global communities to the Xbox family.”
The announcement states that some games will be exclusive to Xbox and PC, which will be a disappointment for Playstation owners who may be unable to play some new titles that may otherwise have been available on their chosen platform. The announcement also mentions that “it’s vitally important that Bethesda continues making games the way it always has”, suggesting that Microsoft may give a fair amount of creative control for its newly acquired studios.
To mark the moment, some Bethesda games will be added onto the Xbox Games Pass later this week.