Following a teaser from the Xbox Game Pass team yesterday, Microsoft has announced that Doom Eternal is heading to the company’s gaming subscription service. The 2020 sequel to the fantastic 2016 reboot will arrive on Xbox Game Pass for consoles on October 1st and will launch on Game Pass for PC later this year.
It’s the first game to arrive on Xbox Game Pass from ZeniMax Media, which Microsoft announced it was acquiring earlier this week. ZeniMax is the parent company for several high-profile gaming studios, including Bethesda and id Software, Doom’s developer.
Now that Microsoft owns all these gaming IPs, it makes sense that games not already on the service will eventually make their way to both platforms. Xbox head Phil Spencer confirmed that particular detail, noting in a blog post that the company “will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC.”
Microsoft MSFT may have lost the battle to own a stake in TikTok, but they are winning on multiple fronts in the gaming wars as they capitalize on pandemic trends and the surge in GaaS, or gaming as a subscription service.
And this week’s announced acquisition of privately-held ZeniMax — owner of studios that create the post-apocalyptic Fallout games and the fantasy series The Elder Scrolls — further expands their empire just ahead of the November launch of the next-gen Xbox video game consoles.
In the video that accompanies this article, I go over many of the details of the $7.5 billion deal including great analysis from the writers and editors at CNET like Jeff Bakalar who produced a couple of excellent videos I reference.
In his piece What Microsoft’s $7.5B purchase of Bethesda parent ZeniMax means for Xbox Series X, CNET editor-at-large Ian Sherr observed this on Tuesday…
Microsoft’s Xbox team significantly expanded its list of game development studios on Monday, announcing the purchase of ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion in cash. The entertainment company owns several industry-leading game developers, including Bethesda Softworks, the maker of the post-apocalyptic Fallout games and the fantasy series The Elder Scrolls. It also owns Id Software, known for its Doom, Rage and Wolfenstein shooting game franchises.
The move grows the number of in-house Xbox game development studios to 23, up from 15 earlier, giving it control of some of the game industry’s most popular franchises. Microsoft also plans to run Bethesda as its own division, with leadership and structure intact.
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One of the biggest gaming news stories of 2020 broke this week when Microsoft announced it would buy ZeniMax for $7.5 billion. People understandably have a lot of questions about the deal, and in particular, what it might mean for the future of ZeniMax and its subsidiary, Fallout and Elder Scrolls publisher Bethesda.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently appeared on CNBC to discuss the deal. Asked directly if Microsoft would make any cuts to the company, Spencer replied, “Our plan is to leave it alone.”
“ZeniMax has an amazing track record of building great games. Our goal is to make ZeniMax the best ZeniMax they can be,” Spencer added. “Working individually with their studios on the great platform technology that we have and getting their creators’ feedback into the things we need to go build, that’s just a critical flywheel for us.”
NEW YORK (REUTERS) — Microsoft Corp said on Monday it would acquire ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion in cash, strengthening its Xbox video game offering with the studio behind titles such as Fallout and the Doom, as competition heats up with Sony Corp.
ZeniMax is the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, which has also developed hits including The Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein, and Dishonored.
The deal comes more than a week after Microsoft’s failed bid for short video app TikTok’s U.S. assets. TikTok has currently structured the deal as a partnership with Oracle and Walmart rather than an outright sale.
Microsoft said it plans to bring Bethesda’s future games into its monthly Xbox Game Pass subscription service when they launch on Xbox or PC. The game pass now has more than 15 million subscribers, Microsoft added.
Bethesda’s structure and leadership will remain in place, Microsoft said.
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) – Get Report said Monday that it has agreed the takeover of video game publisher Bethesda Softworks that values the maker of Fallout and The Elder Scrolls at around $7.5 billion.
Under terms of the deal, Microsoft will purchase Zenimax, the parent company of Washington, D.C.-based Bethesda Softworks, for $7.5 billion in cash. The tech giant said the purchase won’t likely impact its non-GAAP earnings for this year or next, but said new game launches would be added to its XBox Game Pass system on the same day they’re launched. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2021, Microsoft said.
“Gaming is the most expansive category in the entertainment industry, as people everywhere turn to gaming to connect, socialize and play with their friends,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. “Quality differentiated content is the engine behind the growth and value of