Microsoft Acquires Bethesda for $7.5 Billion – Bethesda Games to Join Xbox Game Pass on Day One

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Xbox Game Pass is widely regarded as the best deal in gaming, and Bethesda has just joined it to make it even better. Microsoft has just announced that Bethesda has now joined the Xbox family, with all past and future titles making their way to Xbox Game Pass.

All Future Bethesda Games To Join Xbox Game Pass

In a new Xbox wire post, Xbox head Phil Spencer added the following with regards to what it means for Game Pass:

“We will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC. One of the things that has me most excited is seeing the roadmap with Bethesda’s future games, some announced and many unannounced, to Xbox console and PC including Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios.”

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You can read more about the deal from what Microsoft released to the public. As Bloomberg reports on the matter, Bethesda was supposed to release 2 timed PS5 exclusives (Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo). It remains to be seen whether that’s still the case after the Microsoft acquisition. Microsoft acquired ZeniMax Media, as well as Bethesda Softworks, for a whopping $7.5 Billion. That’s almost double of what Disney paid to acquire Star Wars.

[Update: Jason Schreier from Bloomberg has confirmed that Deathloop and Ghostwire will come to PS5]

Todd Howard, Director of Bethesda Game Studios, had the following to say:

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“I have also had the pleasure of working with, and partnering with, many of the best gaming and tech companies in the world. But our longest, and closest partner during my career, has been Microsoft. Today we join them, and I wanted to share some personal thoughts on what it means and our shared vision.”

You can read more about his statement regarding the acquisition here, and Pete Hines also had a lot to say about the deal:

Xbox + Bethesda Game Studios
Xbox + Bethesda Game Studios
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“We’re still working on the same games we were yesterday, made by the same studios we’ve worked with for years, and those games will be published by us. So why the change? Because it allows us to make even better games going forward. Microsoft is an incredible partner and offers access to resources that will make us a better publisher and developer.”

With Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft (or more specifically Phil Spencer), have made it clear just how seriously they’re taking the next-generation of gaming. With the Xbox One losing in sales by almost 2:1 to PlayStation 4, it seems like they have learned from their mistakes. The Xbox Series X and more specifically Xbox Series S are poised to provide incredible value to gamers with the addition of Game Pass.

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Rahul Majumdar
I've been writing here for quite a while. Tech, Gaming, Film, you name it. Occupational hazards include excessive gaming & movie-binging sessions. Most active on Twitter!


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