Microsoft has revealed it isn’t necessarily done acquiring new developers, although it won’t make any such announcements during TGS, shutting down rumors of a Sega purchase. Read on for a look at what the Bethesda acquisition could mean, and make sure to also check out our take on why buying Bethesda isn’t about exclusives.
The week is off to a busy start with the massive news that Microsoft has purchased ZeniMax Media and, by extension, Bethesda Softworks and its many game studios. That puts franchises like Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Doom, and others under the Xbox Game Studios umbrella, calling into question what exclusivity might look like for these big-name franchises as we enter the new generation. In the more immediate future, it also raises the issue of what happens with a pair of Bethesda-published games that were previously set to debut exclusively on PC and PS5: Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo.