Microsoft has made a big move before the start of a new console generation by acquiring ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks.
This acquisition will give Microsoft access to the IP powerhouse held by Bethesda which includes some big names like Fallout, Wolfenstein, The Elder Scrolls, DOOM, and Dishonred. They are also getting Starfield, which is a brand new IP currently in development at Bethesda Softworks.
ZeniMax Media owners a large number of developers spread across the world. There are more than 2300 developers across the various studios including Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios.
This has cast some doubt over whether the upcoming games that were being published by Bethesda are coming to the PS5. According to Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, future Bethesda games will be on Xbox, PC, and “other consoles on a case by case basis.”
Bethesda Softworks owns some of the biggest IPs in gaming especially with two extremely popular WRPGs. They have Fallout and The Elder Scrolls. Currently, Fallout has an online spin-off with Fallout 76 while The Elder Scrolls VI is confirmed to be in development along with Starfield, a brand new sci-fic RPG from Bethesda Softworks.
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