Microsoft just shook the gaming world today. They bought Zenimax Media along with every developer/game under them.
For those of you that don’t know, Zenimax Media is the parent company of Bethesda. Meaning they own Bethesda Game Studios (Elder Scrolls and Fallout), Bethesda Softworks, Id Software (Doom), MachineGames (Wolfenstein), Tango Gameworks, and Zenimax Online Studios (ESO). Microsoft now owns all of them and their IPs. The gaming media are trying to figure out what that means for games like The Elder Scrolls VI and Fallout 5. Are these IPs still coming to the Nintendo Switch and Playstation 5?
I don’t think so. Microsoft is obviously out to win this console generation and buying Bethesda proves it. Sony announced awhile back that they had deals in the works that would surprise a lot of people. I mean… look at what they’ve done recently with Final Fantasy XVI. It’s exclusive to Playstation (and PC), but there was no mention of Xbox anywhere. Look at Street Fighter V, Destiny 2 (until recently), and the recently released Marvel’s Avengers. Spider-man is completely exclusive to the Playstation version of the game. Now that the script is flipped everyone is freaking out and trying to find out if any of Bethesda’s IPs will make the leap to Playstation.
Xbox announced that they will look on a game by game basis. Meaning that some games MIGHT be released on PS5 and most of them won’t. Bethesda and Xbox have been Tweeting about more gamers being able to play games on whatever device they choose. I think people are misinterpreting the message. The playing on multiple devices is obviously referring to Microsoft’s Xcloud that allows you to stream on multiple devices. We’ll be able to play The Elder Scrolls VI on our phones, not on your PS5. I could be wrong, but that’s how I’m interpreting the message. I find it incredibly funny that hardcore Playstation is complaining about this because if the script was flipped they would be celebrating and throwing insults at PC and Xbox gamers. We know for a fact that all future Bethesda titles will still launch on PC. Playstation, on the other hand, will only get select titles if any at all beyond GhostWire and Deathloop while the Switch will probably keep getting small games like Ori and Cuphead.
If you liked Sony getting Street Fighter V, Spider-man, and Final Fantasy 16 then you’ve gotta like Microsoft getting Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Doom, Wolfenstein, Dishonored, Evil Within, and more. It’s fair game and this will undoubtedly boost Xbox sales. One thing is for sure though. Game Pass just got a lot better.