Microsoft kini mengesahkan telah bersetuju untuk membeli ZeniMax Media, yang merupakan syarikat induk Bethesda Softworks pada harga $7.5 bilion.

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Dengan pengambilalihan ini, semua permainan francais termasuk The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, Prey, Quake, Starfield dan lain-lain akan dilancarkan di bawah Microsoft Xbox Game Studios. Menurut Microsoft,

“Bethesda is an incredibly talented group of 2,300 people worldwide who make up some of the most accomplished creative studios in our industry across Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios.”

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Bagi pihak Bethesda, Pete Hines menjelaskan,

“But the key point is 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.”

Dalam pada itu, tidak dapat dipastikan jika permainan seperti The Elder Scrolls VI dan Starfield hanya akan ditawarkan secara eksklusif bagi konsol Xbox atau sebaliknya.

Sumber: Microsoft via EuroGamer