Microsoft has agreed to acquire Bethesda Softworks owner ZeniMax Media for $ 7.5 billion. The agreement in question was also approved by the European Union. The statement made stated that it was concluded that the agreement between the parties would not harm the common market. EU approval was required to complete the process and add Bethesda’s games to Xbox Game Pass.
When the process is complete, the number of game studios under Microsoft will increase to 23. This group will also include Arkane, Machine Games, id Software and Tango Gameworks operating under Bethesda. Bethesda will continue to operate in an independent structure. Microsoft has taken a similar approach with Mojang, LinkedIn and GitHub, which it has previously acquired.
Microsoft announced last September to acquire Bethesda. Following the announcement, it was highlighted that work will continue on games such as Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo, which are being specially prepared for PlayStation 5. It was indicated that there will be no change in support for games such as Elder Scrolls: Online.
Microsoft may make its detailed plans for Bethesda public before the end of this month. Reportedly, the software giant will host an event on March 23 on the theme “the future of the game”.