Microsoft's $7.5 billion ZeniMax purchase has been approved by regulators

Polycount

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In context: Assuming no last-minute hurdles pop up, Microsoft will officially own ZeniMax, and all of its subsidiaries, very shortly. Last year, Microsoft announced its decision to purchase ZeniMax Media, the parent company of well-known game developer Bethesda. The deal would have been worth about $7.5 billion if it was approved by global regulators, and today that approval has finally gone through.

Neither the SEC nor the European Commission has attached any terms or restrictions to the deal -- at least, none of note. Microsoft appears to have done everything by the book, and presumably, the size of the merger isn't significant enough to set off any regulatory red flags.

For consumers, the impacts of this merger will be felt soon: more and more of Bethesda's games will come to Xbox Game Pass, for starters, and future titles from the company could be Xbox (and PC) exclusives.

We're not rooting for that outcome by any means, but it's a strong possibility, especially given the strong exclusive titles Sony has been pumping out lately.

Microsoft has been fairly consumer-friendly this console generation -- and toward the tail end of the last gen -- so we hope that continues despite its increasing control over the AAA side of the industry. Either way, we'll just have to wait and see what happens. If any more important news surfaces surrounding the Microsoft-ZeniMax deal, we'll be sure to let you know.

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psycros

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Bethesda games are only worth playing on PC so who really cares about consoles? Just hope Microsoft isn't stupid enough to limit Bethesda titles to the Window store..that would be suicide.
 

scavengerspc

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Worth playing? Try playable, period. You can't finish Skyrim or Fallout 4 without using the debug console to dig yourself out of broken quests.
What I'm hoping for now is Microsoft putting the game division touch on Bethesda.
Say what you will about their other products but Microsoft has been a leader in making beautiful games that still run well on average hardware and for the most part minimally broken new releases for damn near 8 years now.
 

McKocoa

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MS is not known for great foresight in their mega-acquisitions imo. Seems like they always overpay for a product that is overvalued or past it's prime growth.
 

Adi6293

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Lol, as much as I would be amused by the irony, as a gamer I would very much like the opposite to happen.

I do actually hope that ALL ZeniMax games will be Xbox/PC only going forward, just to piss off Play Station fangirls
 

Chemicalfacist

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MS is IMHO not going to go the exclusive route. They make more money selling to everyone than they do in trying to sell everyone consoles. They are a business and they know Sony and Nintendo are good for business.
 

nnguy2

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MS is not known for great foresight in their mega-acquisitions imo. Seems like they always overpay for a product that is overvalued or past it's prime growth.

As long as Inxile or Obsidian makes the next Fallout I'm good.

Also hope Arkane gets the love they deserve. Prey and Dishonored series was phenomenal.
 

terzaerian

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As long as Inxile or Obsidian makes the next Fallout I'm good.

Also hope Arkane gets the love they deserve. Prey and Dishonored series was phenomenal.
The more likely possibility is that Microsoft is going to pit the studios against each other and whoever makes the most money gets to keep their jobs.

Seeing as Bethesda has zero scruples about anything I am not optimistic about the others' chances.
 

umbala

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Microsoft tried this already with Halo developer Bungie software. This will probably play out the same way. All the top developers will start leaving the company like rats leave a sinking ship once Microsoft starts micro-managing everything they try to develop. Once they get fed up with that nonsense, they'll be off to greener pastures!