In a shock move yesterday, tech giant Microsoft announced the acquisition of Zenimax Media. Zenimax is the parent company of Bethesda, the popular video game publisher. This is set to one of the largest acquisitions in the industry and the question on every gamers lips now is “Will the Elder Scrolls and Fallout now be exclusive to Xbox?”.
Elder Scrolls & Fallout
Unfortunately, at this stage in the deal, it’s far to early to say if this acquisition will mean die-hard PlayStation fans have to trade their PlayStation for Xboxes to play two of Bethesda’s most popular titles: The Elder Scrolls and Fallout.
The deal is expected to take up to 2 years to finalize so there will be little impact felt in the near future but as there has been little news on development of the next Elder Scrolls game, it could be impacted by this acquisition.
Pete Hines, Snior VP of PR & Marketing at Bethesda had this to say about the acquisition.
“We’re still Bethesda. We’re still working on the same games we were yesterday, made by the same studios we’ve worked with for years, and those games will be published by us,” [The deal] allows us to make even better games going forward. Microsoft is an incredible partner and offers access to resources that will make us a better publisher and developer.”
We will update this article as more information on the Bethesda deal becomes available.