Microsoft Purchases Bethesda For $7.5 Billion: What it Means For PS5

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Microsoft seems to have taken personal offense to the claims that they have no exclusives. With new studio acquisitions happening quite often for the company, something no one expected was them buying Zenimax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Software.

The $7.5 billion deal is larger than Disney’s acquisition of Marvel and Star Wars, indicating that there’s probably more going on behind closed doors at Bethesda than we realize. Does this means games like DOOM, Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein, Dishonored, and others will become Xbox exclusive? Let’s discuss.

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Sony has some of the best studios on tap that you can ask for in gaming, but Bethesda is no slouch. Sure, their games ship with tons of bugs that people jokingly refer to as “features,” but their selection of franchises and developers is unparalleled.

We know they are doing Elder Scrolls VI, and we know about Starfield which is a new science fiction RPG, but all of the franchises I listed above could also have next-gen offerings.

For those worried about Deathloop, which is to be a PS5 exclusive at launch, Microsoft has said they will make good on promises like that one, but future games will be exclusive on a “game-by-game basis.” On top of this, Microsoft also said all future Bethesda games would be on Game Pass day one when they launch.

Listen, I”m the biggest PlayStation fan in the room, but even I can admit when the competition delivers a crushing blow. It’s possible Microsoft will allow new games to be multiplatform, but it would be within their rights to keep everything under Xbox.

Sony’s exclusives have been dipping their toes into the open world RPG genre with games like Ghost of Tsushima and Days Gone, but nothing has ever quite matched the scope of a Fallout 3 or a Skyrim.

If those franchises became Xbox exclusive, it would give gamers plenty of reason to consider an Xbox under their TV. What do you think? How will this affect the new generation console war? Let us know in the comments!

Article by – Bradley Ramsey
Insert date – 9/22/2020

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