Elder Scrolls Developer: EU allows Microsoft to buy Bethesda

Elder Scrolls Developer: EU allows Microsoft to buy Bethesda

Elder Scrolls Developer

Almost half a year after Microsoft announced the takeover of ZeniMax Media, the European Commission has now approved the deal between the two companies. This increases the number of Xbox Game Studios to 23. In addition to Bethesda Softworks, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks and id Software also move into the possession of Microsoft.

The takeover also gives Xbox the trademark rights for well-known series such as Fallout , Doom, The Elder Scrolls, Dishonored, Wolfenstein, The Evil Within and more. The upcoming star field is already being published under the Microsoft banner. In addition, the games will in future be available in the Xbox Game Pass directly at the launch. Microsoft would like to decide on a case-by-case basis whether future projects for PlayStation will also be available on the market. Two exceptions are Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo, which were given a limited PlayStation exclusivity before the takeover.

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via The Verge

Microsoft's aqusition of ZeniMax and Bethesda has been approved



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It's been close to six months since Microsoft confirmed the company was in the process of buying ZeniMax, the parent company of Bethesda, but one of the reasons why Phil Spencer, Todd Howard and crew have been very careful when answering questions about what this means in terms of the future is that deals like this still needs the approval of antitrust regulators and such across the world to be finalised. This has now been done.

The European Commission has as promised made its decision, and does as expected approving the merger of Microsoft and ZeniMax. As the deal was already approved in United States, this means that the two giants are free to finalise everything.

Now we'll just have to wait for Phil Spencer and Team Xbox to publish a celebratory article or blog post and tell us when the long-rumoured event where we'll learn a bit more about what their plans for the relatively near future are will take place. Hopefully this includes more specifics about exclusivity and such...

Do you think all Bethesda games will be Xbox exclusive, some of them or none after Deathloop and Ghostwire Tokyo?

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