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Xbox Game Pass Will Add Elder Scrolls 6, Starfield, And All Other Bethesda Games

Microsoft has acquired Bethesda and its parent company ZeniMax for a whopping $7.5 billion, bringing it into the Xbox fold. That includes some massive franchises like Doom, Fallout, and The Elder Scrolls. But as part of the acquisition news, the companies also dropped a reminder that first-party games like Starfield will be available on Game Pass upon release. You may never have to actually purchase another Bethesda game again.

The announcement from Bethesda mentions Starfield specifically: “Microsoft will grow from 15 to 23 creative studio teams and will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass. This includes Microsoft’s intent to bring Bethesda’s future games into Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or PC, like Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios.”

In a roundtable interview following the announcement, Bethesda Game Studios’ Todd Howard said that some people

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So, What Happens Now With Elder Scrolls 6, Starfield, And Bethesda’s PS5 Exclusives?

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.

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Elder Scrolls 6, Starfield Will Be On Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft has acquired Bethesda and its parent company ZeniMax for a whopping $7.5 billion, bringing it into the Xbox fold. That includes some massive franchises like Doom, Fallout, and The Elder Scrolls. But as part of the acquisition news, the companies also dropped a reminder that first-party games like Starfield are available on Game Pass upon release.

The announcement from Bethesda mentions Starfield specifically: “Microsoft will grow from 15 to 23 creative studio teams and will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass. This includes Microsoft’s intent to bring Bethesda’s future games into Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or PC, like Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios.”

The press release makes no such specific mention of Elder Scrolls 6–which Todd Howard has said is still a long way off–but the precedent set by other first-party

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Microsoft to buy ZeniMax, owner of Fallout, Elder Scrolls franchises

Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella speaks to participants during the Viva Technologie show at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on May 24, 2018 in Paris, France. Viva Technology, the new international event brings together 5,000 startups with top investors, companies to grow businesses and all players in the digital transformation who shape the future of the internet.

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Microsoft announced Monday that it will buy ZeniMax Media, the company that owns well-known video game publisher Bethesda, for $7.5 billion in cash.

It’s one of the most notable video game acquisitions in Microsoft’s history. The company bought Mojang, the studio behind Minecraft, for $2.5 billion in late 2014. That proved to be a boon to the firm as Minecraft surged in popularity, rapidly becoming one of the best-selling games in the world thanks to its simple design and gameplay.

With a developer like Bethesda under Microsoft’s belt, that

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Microsoft Buys Elder Scrolls Game Maker Zenimax For $7.5 Bln

Microsoft Corp.  (MSFT) – Get Report said Monday that it has agreed the takeover of video game publisher Bethesda Softworks that values the maker of Fallout and The Elder Scrolls at around $7.5 billion.

Under terms of the deal, Microsoft will purchase Zenimax, the parent company of Washington, D.C.-based Bethesda Softworks, for $7.5 billion in cash. The tech giant said the purchase won’t likely impact its non-GAAP earnings for this year or next, but said new game launches would be added to its XBox Game Pass system on the same day they’re launched. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2021, Microsoft said.

“Gaming is the most expansive category in the entertainment industry, as people everywhere turn to gaming to connect, socialize and play with their friends,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. “Quality differentiated content is the engine behind the growth and value of

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