Microsoft buys Bethesda for 7.5 billion dollars: the European Union and the USA approve the operation
Bethesda, iD, and some of the biggest video game franchises are already from Microsoft. Are your games in danger on PlayStation consoles?
Last September, Microsoft announced the purchase of Bethesda for 7.5 billion dollars. But such an important operation cannot be closed privately. The antitrust authorities of the United States and the European Union had to give the go-ahead.
After studying the case these months, today the European Union has approved the operation, by not posing a threat to free competition, as there are others “powerful actors“, in the video game market, according to the report. The United States has already accepted a long time ago.
Microsoft This is done with studies as important as the own Bethesda and its acquisitions: iD, Arkane, MachineGames, y Tango Gameworks.
These companies have created some of the most important franchises in video game history, including las sagas de Doom, Skyrim, Fallout, Dishonored, Wolfenstein, and many others.
Now that Microsoft owns all of them, many users wonder that will happen with future PS4 and PS5 versions of Bethesda games.
Microsoft has already confirmed that the first thing it is going to do is integrate the games of these companies into your Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud service, which today matters more to him than the Xbox Series X console itself.
It has also confirmed that will respect the exclusivities that had already been signed with Sony for some PS5 games, such as Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo, as clarified The Verge. Ironically, these games will be owned by Microsoft but will only be released on the PS5 console … Although after the exclusivity period, we will surely see them on Xbox and PC.
Satya Nadella’s company has also committed to respect agreements and editions, and online games like The Elder Scrolls: Online, will continue as before.
But what happens with the new games not yet released, like the expected Starfield Bethesda, The Elder Scrolls VI, will be seen “case by case“.
Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, is not a big fan of exclusives, and that’s why in recent years all Xbox games come out on PC the same day, something that did not happen before.
We can take for granted that Future Bethesda games will come out first on Xbox Series X, Xbox GamePass and on PC. They will surely have a few months of exclusivity, and from here, can not be ruled out that they also come out on PS5, as in fact the games of other companies bought by Microsoft already do, such as Mojang and his Minecraft.