Microsoft buys Fallout creators Bethesda in massive $7.5 billion deal
Bad news for PlayStation fans
Microsoft has agreed to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, in a deal reported to be worth $7.5 billion.
Bethesda are one of the biggest names in gaming, and the people behind massive franchises including The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, Quake, and more.
Obviously, the big thing here is that everyone predicting is that it will mean that those franchises will now be exclusive to Xbox and Windows, meaning that PlayStation owners will miss out.
No official announcement on that has been made yet. In fact, Bloomberg reports that Bethesda actually have two 'timed exclusives' announced for PlayStation 5 - Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo are both set to be restricted to Sony's machine for a limited period of time before they can appear on other consoles.
"Today is a special day, as we welcome some of the most accomplished studios in the games industry to Xbox. We are thrilled to announce Microsoft has entered into an agreement to acquire ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks," writes Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox.
"Bethesda’s games have always had a special place on Xbox and in the hearts of millions of gamers around the world."