Microsoft She announced her intention to Purchase of ZeniMax Media and game publisher Bethesda Softworks For $ 7.5 billion in September, the deal is expected to be completed in early 2021.
Discuss plans for Xbox for the new year Podcast xboxSpencer said he is excited to finally complete the acquisition “so that we can start operating as one company.”
He said, “I’m excited about 2021 and Bethesda is an important part of that.”
2021 is the date for receiving final approval. I feel really good about it: everything is on the right track. We’ll then really get to get into some planning that we can do with them. At the moment, we’re not really dealing with them because they keep doing the work that they’re doing, because we don’t have them yet. “
Reflecting on the surprise announcement of the deal last September, Spencer said he was happy to see the positive reaction from Xbox fans, “Perhaps the most important thing to me right now is the Bethesda teams, because these teams will be very important to us.” “Progress in the future.”
“I can’t wait for it to close so we can start doing business as one. I’m incredibly excited Starfield And a lot of other things, some declared and others did not announce that they are working on it. I think they would be a great addition to our studios. “
Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax modes Xbox Game Studios will grow from 15 to 23 development teams.
Employing around 2,300 employees worldwide, Bethesda Softworks Studios include Bethesda Game Studios (Fallout and Elder Scrolls), Software ID (Doom), ZeniMax Online Studios (Elder Scrolls Online), Arkane (Dishonored, Prey), MachineGames Wolfenstein Tango Gameworks game (The Evil Within), Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios.
“Thinking about our FPS capability with Id, 343 and the work we can do … doubles the size of our first-party studios when Bethesda joins, which is pretty amazing to think about.”
“And the geography: I think about where they are, which is important because I want to have teams from different places in the world.”
However, Xbox CFO Tim Stewart in November claimed that Microsoft wants future Bethesda games to be “either first, best, or best” on Xbox Platforms.
“But what we want is that we want this content to be, in the long run, either the first, the best, the best, or we choose your unique experience on our platforms. We want Bethesda content to appear in the best way – on our platforms.
“Yes. That’s no point in being exclusive. That’s not a point about us – adjusting the timing, content, or roadmap. But if you are thinking of something like Game Pass, if it appears better in Game Pass, this is what we want to see, and we want to direct Game Pass subscriber base via this Bethesda pipeline.
“Once again, I will not announce the withdrawal of content from the platforms in one way or another,” Stewart continued. “But I suspect you will continue to see us shift towards the first, better, or better approach on our platforms.”