Yeah, your eyes do not deceive you, folks. Microsoft just bought Bethesda & Zennimax for $7.5 billion, said by the man Phil Spencer himself. Now all the IP’s that Bethesda has, Microsoft now owns and can use for whatever they’d like.
To say this is a big deal (literally) would be an understatement. This is huge and it just came out of nowhere. Microsoft now owns one of the bigger companies in the industry and has a myriad of new IP’s. Really big ones, too. DOOM, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein all belong to Microsoft now.
What does this mean for Microsoft?
Quite a lot! Even though Bethesda’s quality in their games hasn’t been the best lately (besides DOOM Eternal), the IP’s they own are massive. DOOM, The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein just being a few. This significantly improves and expands their IP line up. Think about it, with this they now own the most important first person shooter series in the industry.
This also improves their RPG lineup. Fable and Lost Odyssey were the biggest exclusive RPG’s for Microsoft. Now they got Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, two of the more revered series in the genre.
This could also improve crossover potential with Microsoft’s other IP’s. DOOM crossing over with Halo, The Elder Scrolls crossing over with Fable, Fallout crossing over with The Outer Worlds, etc. We could even get a New Vegas style Fallout again because Microsoft has both Bethesda and Obsidian under one roof. We cannot stress this enough, this was a huge purchase for Microsoft.
Bethesda on GamePass
Phil also confirmed that they will be bringing these IP’s to GamePass to celebrate their purchase. Which means games like DOOM Eternal could make it to GamePass sooner then expected. This gives even more value to GamePass and the fact that this was announced just as the pre-orders for the Series went live was a brilliant move.
Yeah, this is big. There’s literally no other way to phrase this. This expands Microsoft’s IP lineup by the lot. Due to Bethesda games being rather buggy, this could also give Microsoft quality control to polish up their games. All in all, this was a major move by Microsoft and also a strategic one due to this being announced the day the pre-orders go live.
What do you all think of this? Let us know in the comments what you think of this pretty major move.