The European Commission has approved Microsoft’s $ 7.5 billion deal to acquire ZeniMax media, the parent company of doom and fallout studio Bethesda Softworks. The acquisition required EU approval before Microsoft could finalize the Bethesda deal and bring future games to its Xbox game pass subscription.
Once the deal is closed, Microsoft’s list of first-party studios will jump to 23. Bethesda sub-studios like dishonored developer arkane, Wolfenstein studio machinegames, Doom maker ID software, and the evil within studio Tango Gameworks.
The elder scrolls: online games will’continue to be supported exactly as it was’. Microsoft originally announced its plans to acquire Bethesda in September.
It’s still not clear how Microsoft plans to handle the upcoming space epic starfield. Microsoft’s gaming chief Phil Spencer made comments in September.
Xbox gaming chief Phil Spencer has questioned the viability of exclusivity deals for games recently. Just having them on day one on Xbox game pass might be a big enough draw for players to subscribe.