Several weeks ago, we reported on the humongous news that Bethesda Softworks was set to be acquired by Microsoft, which made headlines throughout the gaming community. While the sale still isn't final, Microsoft's head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, divulges in a recent Gamereactor interview, that not only is he not currently sitting down with Todd Howard and talking their future, but that doing so would be illegal.
Remember Microsoft's $7.5 billion purchase of Zenimax Media and their child companies, including Bethesda Softworks? A new interview from Kotaku with Phil Spencer sheds some more light on that.
By now, you have no doubt seen the news of Microsoft's $7.5 billion buyout of Zenimax Media - the parent company of Bethesda Softworks. Before the hype and excitement make their rounds, if they haven't already, let's pause for a moment and apply some critical thinking. I do not think this acquisition is good for consumers. Here's why.
In a stark, but not surprising move, Microsoft has acquired Zenimax Online Media, the parent company to Bethesda, which would solidify Microsoft as one of the premiere parent companies of some of the most well known and exciting RPG intellectual properties the gaming industry has come to love over the past several decades. The acquisition will include all of Bethesda's library, including Elder Scrolls, and Fallout.
In an article on Forbes, Paul Tassi referenced a podcast where Jeff Grubb stated that Microsoft has attempted to buy Destiny 2 developer Bungie. The anecdote ends with the deal being canned, due to price negotiations.
Microsoft may have just leaked exactly when we can expect the Xbox Series X. For a brief time today, several regional websites were updated to read “Coming Thanksgiving” instead of “Coming Holiday 2020.” As of this writing, all of the sites seem to be corrected and unified under the “holiday” tag.