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Microsoft announced that it has acquired Bethesda and its studios, the team that created popular titles such as The Elder Scrolls, Skyrim, Fallout, Doom, and more.
This means that the team will now be making games exclusively for the Xbox Series X and PC.
The announcement was made by Xbox Wire on Twitter, where they shared a blog post from the Official Xbox website.
“Today is a special day, as we welcome some of the most accomplished studios in the games industry to Xbox,” reads the official blog post. “We are thrilled to announce Microsoft has entered into an agreement to acquire ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks.”
The blog post notes that Bethesda’s existing titles will be added to Game Pass for both Xbox and PC, while titles still in development will be coming to Xbox Series X and PC in the future.
“Today is a landmark step in our journey together and I’m incredibly energized by what this step means for Xbox,” writes Xbox boss Phil Spencer in the blog post. “Please join me in welcoming all of our friends at Bethesda to Team Xbox.”
“I have also had the pleasure of working with, and partnering with, many of the best gaming and tech companies in the world,” wrote Bethesda head Todd Howard in a different post. “But our longest, and closest partner during my career, has been Microsoft.”
“With the acquisition of Bethesda, we metaphorically and literally double our gaming content capacity,” said Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella in an interview.