Microsoft has acquired Bethesda Softworks, the parent company of ZeniMax Media in a deal worth an unbelievable $7.5 billion. As part of the impressive deal, Microsoft conjoins nine development studios to its list of original teams. This includes Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios.
Today is a special day… We are THRILLED to welcome the talented teams and beloved game franchises of @Bethesda to Team Xbox!— Xbox (@Xbox) September 21, 2020
Read the full announce from @XboxP3: https://t.co/Jn0HcTJ9Mi pic.twitter.com/iQVutgT6zq
Furthermore, Microsoft has confirmed that a number of Bethesda’s iconic franchises will be added to Xbox Game Pass. Even more exciting is that future Bethesda releases will join Xbox Game Pass on the same day they launch on Xbox and PC. This means that in addition to day-one Game Pass releases for the likes of Halo Infinite and Gears 6, Xbox Game Pass subscribers will be able to play titles like Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6 on the day they launch. "Bethesda’s games have always had a special place on Xbox and in the hearts of millions of gamers around the world," reads an Xbox news post.
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