Microsoft Bought Zenimax

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Microsoft has acquired Zenimax Media (DOOM, Elder Scrolls, Fallout).

Oh bleh. If they make ES exclusive to Xbox and Final Fantasy stays exclusive to PlayStation I’ll probably end up with both this generation -.-

Uh, wow, didn't see that one coming. I figured that would be too much money.

Holy sh*t.

Maybe just due to the heritage, but at first blush this feels bigger than if they had acquired the WB studios.

It’s all part of the long term goal of Fallout New Vegas 2. First acquire obsidian. Then acquire the rights to fallout. Boom, new Vegas 2

Blind_Evil wrote:

Oh bleh. If they make ES exclusive to Xbox and Final Fantasy stays exclusive to PlayStation I’ll probably end up with both this generation -.-

It doesn't make a lick of difference to me since I'm not into PC gaming, but Microsoft has said all their first-party games will also come to PC.

Honestly, I'm happy with this deal. Microsoft has been a very good steward of the studios they've acquired.

I’m not a PC person either

Infyrnos wrote:

Maybe just due to the heritage, but at first blush this feels bigger than if they had acquired the WB studios.

Literally my exact reaction as well.

What's next - Nintendo buys ActiBlizz and brings WoW to the Switch?

Two Spider-Men meme, but it's Master Chief and Doom Marine.

Wow, this is huge. I'm curious how much this deal cost. Can't be cheap with all those studious under Zenimax. Dishonored, Death Loop too.

Edit: $7.5 billion. Damn

Outside of the Elder Scrolls, Dishonored and Prey and Doom are a lot of quality single player value for Gamepass subscribers.

I've read that a lot of console owners just play one or two games, usually Madden or Fifa or Call of Duty. I like how Gamepass is giving a lot of households the opportunity to become familiar with the designs and aesthetics of a wide variety of different games.

IUMogg wrote:

It’s all part of the long term goal of Fallout New Vegas 2. First acquire obsidian. Then acquire the rights to fallout. Boom, new Vegas 2

Honestly, this is the only reasonable explanation for this.

From the Obsidian twitter.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

@Obsidian so Fallout New Vegas 2 is a legit possibility now right!?!?

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Now that is a hot take.

It's like he's never listened to the Conference Call when Greg or Alan are on!

I actually have a friend that works for Zenimax, but he's looking to jump ship due to how insanely micromanaged he is on a day-to-day basis. I might have to give him a call tonight to see how the job search is going... can't imagine that getting better getting stuffed under the Microsoft umbrella.

Made me think about the Fallout license. Bethesda bought it from Interplay for $5 million I think. Worth almost $1billion now with this buy out.

Damn

Might mean the end of mods for future games in the series.

Mojang still supports mods in Minecraft. Microsoft seems to have taken a very hands-off approach with their acquisitions.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

Might mean the end of mods for future games in the series.

The Xbox version of Skryim had mods, iirc.

FWIW I still have a lot of friends who work at Microsoft and from their feedback there’s been a huge push on giving more team agency and also promoting work life balance. While I wouldn’t call it heaven on earth, they seemed to have backed away from the EA model, though how that will affect Bethesda I don’t know.

Looks like Bethesda and the other sub-acquisitions will remain mostly hands off for the moment.

While I'm not super happy about the industry consolidating, Microsoft is probably a better place for them to go than, say, EA. Microsoft's got a lot of incentives to keep things on PCs and open to modders. Though I'll be keeping an eye on the modding scene.

I guess Mojang can do Elder Scrolls Minecraft now.

Gremlin wrote:

While I'm not super happy about the industry consolidating, Microsoft is probably a better place for them to go than, say, EA.

Literally everywhere else is a better place to go than EA if you value your survival as a game company.

Look at it this way, if you found this contractor to work on your house and they showed you some of their past work and it was really good. So you paid this person and they did the job and it was either late, unfinished, or just didn't quite live up to your expectations. Do you keep paying that person to do work for you or do you terminate the working agreement(after paying them for what they had done obvious, that's on you)?

Why would any publisher purchasing a development studio expect anything else?
Lots of restructuring happens behind the scenes at every group, it just seems like EA's strategy has almost always been to close the studio and take the good employees and move them into their current studios who are successful. That's more public and visible and gives this impression that EA murders your beloved devs.

That is a profoundly Disney-fied version of how entities like EA operate, to the point that I expect Colin Hanks will play the corporation personified in the film "Saving Mr. Maxis Software."

I saw a tweet or something about how amazing it is that Bethesda found yet another way to sell Skyrim. Thought it was funny

I'm STILL pissed off about the PC version of Halo.