Microsoft Buying ZeniMax

Microsoft announces they are acquiring ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks for $7.5 billion in cash. This will make Microsoft owner of Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios. The deal is subject to regulatory approval, and is expected to be conclude by the end of fiscal 2021. As noted in a tweet by Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, this means Xbox owner Microsoft is now actually publishing two games as PlayStation 5 exclusives. There's more on the deal in a post on Xbox Wire by Xbox boss Phil Spencer. Here's the announcement:
As the gaming industry transforms from a device-centric era to a player-centric era powered by new technology that provides the freedom to play with friends anywhere on any device, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) on Monday announced plans to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, one of the largest, privately held game developers and publishers in the world. Creators of critically acclaimed and best-selling gaming franchises including The Elder Scrolls and Fallout among many others, Bethesda brings an impressive portfolio of games, technology, talent, as well as a track record of blockbuster commercial success, to Xbox. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion in cash.

With unique investments in content, community, and the cloud, Microsoft's gaming strategy differs from others by empowering people to play the games they want, with the people they want, anywhere they want. Games are the primary growth engine in gaming, and games are fueling new cloud-gaming services like Xbox Game Pass, which has reached a new milestone of over 15 million subscribers. With the addition of Bethesda, Microsoft will grow from 15 to 23 creative studio teams and will be adding Bethesda's iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass. This includes Microsoft's intent to bring Bethesda's future games into Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or PC, like Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios.

"Gaming is the most expansive category in the entertainment industry, as people everywhere turn to gaming to connect, socialize and play with their friends," said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. "Quality differentiated content is the engine behind the growth and value of Xbox Game Pass—from Minecraft to Flight Simulator. As a proven game developer and publisher, Bethesda has seen success across every category of games, and together, we will further our ambition to empower the more than three billion gamers worldwide."

"This is an awesome time to be an Xbox fan. In the last 10 days alone, we've released details on our two new consoles which go on pre-order tomorrow, launched cloud gaming in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and now we're making another investment in the most critical part of our strategy: the games," said Phil Spencer, executive vice president, Gaming at Microsoft. "Generations of gamers have been captivated by the renowned franchises in the Bethesda portfolio and will continue to be so for years to come as part of Xbox."

The planned acquisition includes publishing offices and development studios spanning the globe with over 2,300 employees, including Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios. Bethesda's critically acclaimed and best-selling franchises include The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, DOOM, Quake, Wolfenstein, and Dishonored, among others.

Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media was founded in 1999 by Chairman and CEO Robert A. Altman; Bethesda's structure and leadership will remain in place.

"This is a thrilling day for this company, our employees, and our fans. We have enjoyed a close partnership with Microsoft for decades, and this deal is a natural progression of those years working together," said Altman. "The big winners today are our fans. We are continuing to develop our slate of AAA games, but now with Microsoft's scale and entire Game Stack, our games can only get better."

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and completion of regulatory review. Microsoft expects the acquisition to close in the second half of fiscal year 2021 and to have minimal impact to non-GAAP operating income in fiscal years 2021 and 2022. Non-GAAP excludes the expected impact of purchase accounting adjustments, as well as integration and transaction-related expenses.
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aka_STEVE wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 15:33:
Oh I forgot to also mention,.........

R.I.P. Elder Scrolls = now dumbed down to run at the lowest console denominator .

I think TES has been on console since Oblivion.
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Oh I forgot to also mention,.........

R.I.P. Elder Scrolls = now dumbed down to run at the lowest console denominator .
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jdreyer wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 14:16:
Going forward, all Bethesda/Zenimax games are XBox exclusives in order to drive people to that platform. They'll come out for PC two years after their XBox debut, if ever.
Naw, with their new PC subscription service, and pushes to get win10 more into xbox stuff, they will likely do more stuff released at same time or soon after.
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Nullity wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 14:21:
Dr_Dissent wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 12:09:
Bethesda already said it would be a new engine for both Starfield and ESVI.
Source please? I'm pretty sure they said it would not be a new engine, as already hinted at by others.

Yeah, you're right. I read it as "new engine", but it sounds like an overhaul--which is something I would have expected anyway.

https://www.gamesradar.com/bethesda-engine-starfield-elder-scrolls-6/
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RedEye9 wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 14:26:
Nullity wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 14:21:
Dr_Dissent wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 12:09:
Bethesda already said it would be a new engine for both Starfield and ESVI.
Source please? I'm pretty sure they said it would not be a new engine, as already hinted at by others.
Bethesda's overhauling its engine for Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6
Posted today; “Starfield will have the “largest engine overhaul” for Bethesda since Oblivion.”
Right, that's what I thought, it's getting updated. Which under normal circumstances for other games/engines is perfectly reasonable. In this case, it's like saying, "we're adding extra tape this time".

EDIT: Maybe with the work they did on FO76, they can finally figure out how to add co-op support, which incidentally, is the only kind of multiplayer anyone was asking for.
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Nullity wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 14:21:
Dr_Dissent wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 12:09:
Bethesda already said it would be a new engine for both Starfield and ESVI.
Source please? I'm pretty sure they said it would not be a new engine, as already hinted at by others.
Bethesda's overhauling its engine for Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6
Posted today;
Bethesda's Todd Howard said "it’s led to our largest engine overhaul since Oblivion, with all new technologies powering our first new IP in 25 years, Starfield, as well as The Elder Scrolls 6."
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jdreyer wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 14:16:
Going forward, all Bethesda/Zenimax games are XBox exclusives in order to drive people to that platform. They'll come out for PC two years after their XBox debut, if ever.
Games designed around a controller always port perfectly to a pc’s mouse and keyboard. Can’t wait.
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Dr_Dissent wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 12:09:
Bethesda already said it would be a new engine for both Starfield and ESVI.
Source please? I'm pretty sure they said it would not be a new engine, as already hinted at by others.
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jdreyer wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 14:16:
Going forward, all Bethesda/Zenimax games are XBox exclusives in order to drive people to that platform. They'll come out for PC two years after their XBox debut, if ever.

Have MS recetnly been doing exclusives for Xbox that weren't also on PC? Obviously they used to do it all the time, but I don't have an Xbox so I don't pay much attention.
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Going forward, all Bethesda/Zenimax games are XBox exclusives in order to drive people to that platform. They'll come out for PC two years after their XBox debut, if ever.
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Somewhere around 1 year later until most of the top Bethesda management announces their departure........
Then 6 months after that, launching a new game studio.

( *Non-compete clause notwithstanding )
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Bumpy wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 13:24:
I'm not thrilled.

I see many great future games now being folder and file encrypted, locked down and stuck available only in the MS Store.
Not to mention un-Moddable.
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jacobvandy wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 13:01:
Why the fuck would any of you wish for a change of engine now? Do you want to go another 5 years without a new BGS game?

I wouldn't suggest that they switch mid-development for ESVI. That would be crazy. It's too late for that. I was more thinking for any future titles after that (ESVII or Fallout 5). Of course, most of us will probably be dead of old age before ESVII so it's probably not relevant anyway.
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Bumpy wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 13:24:
I'm not thrilled.

I see many great future games now being folder and file encrypted, locked down and stuck available only in the MS Store.

Microsoft hasn't pushed the MS Stone. Most of the games have appeared on Steam including many Xbox exclusives.
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I'm not thrilled.

I see many great future games now being folder and file encrypted, locked down and stuck available only in the MS Store.
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SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 12:04:
Gamepass just became a hot value
Yep! So Happy I stocked up on months before the price raise and converted it cheap to ultimate.
3 years of MS gaming ahead! Starfield will be free to me now looks like. Though probably still have to buy the DLC for it.

MS might be trying to win the contender of studio eater from EA. Only modern MS appears to keep them alive and mostly leave them alone. Unlike EA that tends to kill them off. Sniff, still miss bullfrog and origin and westwood among others.
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Bob wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 13:01:
wtf_man wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 12:54:
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That said... I highly doubt that Microsoft will make them switch engines, especially if TES6 is already in mid development.

Maybe Chris Roberts can teach them how it's done. Actually, maybe he shouldn't.

The same Chris Roberts, Microsoft had to wrestle Freespace away from because he was going over time and budget?
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wtf_man wrote on Sep 21, 2020, 12:54:
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That said... I highly doubt that Microsoft will make them switch engines, especially if TES6 is already in mid development.

Maybe Chris Roberts can teach them how it's done. Actually, maybe he shouldn't.
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Why the fuck would any of you wish for a change of engine now? Do you want to go another 5 years without a new BGS game?
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Now that the initial shock has waned, it looks like Microsoft is gearing up to bring exclusive content to Xbox, Windows 10, and Project xCloud. A new Elder Scrolls would drive people to these platforms.
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