Microsoft has just purchased Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media for $7.2 billion, giving it ownership of franchises such as DOOM, Wolfenstein, Elder Scrolls, Dishonoured and Fallout.
The deal means that Bethesda’s studios – Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog and Roundhouse Studios – are now part of the Xbox family.
How does this impact Nintendo? Well, Microsoft is pretty friendly with Nintendo right now and we’ve seen Xbox titles such as Cuphead, Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps jump over to Switch; there’s no reason to assume that the same won’t be the case with future Bethesda games, but time will tell.
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