Microsoft acquires Bethesda Softworks, home to DOOM, Fallout, Elder Scrolls

Microsoft has been continually growing its game studio, adding seven developers to its roster the past couple of years. Now the company is adding eight more.

Microsoft announced that it has closed a deal to acquire ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion. ZeniMax Media is the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios. These game developers are the teams behind franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, DOOM, Quake, Wolfenstein, Dishonored, and others. This brings a total of 23 developers under the Xbox Games Studios umbrella.

While the ink won’t be dry on the deal until next year, head of Xbox, Phil Spencer took to the Xbox blog to say that yes, Bethesda published games will be coming to its Xbox Game Pass subscription service, and upcoming games will be added to the service the day they launch worldwide.

“We will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC,” Spencer said. “One of the things that has me most excited is seeing the roadmap with Bethesda’s future games, some announced and many unannounced, to Xbox console and PC including Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios.”

Prior to the acquisition, Bethesda had timed exclusivity deals with PlayStation 5 for their games Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo, and in an interview with Bloomberg, Spencer said that Microsoft will honor those exclusivity deals. Any other deals after that they will take on a game-by-game and console-by-console basis.