Microsoft stole the spotlight early this week with major Xbox news. Preorders rolled in for Xbox Series X and S on September 22nd to major retailers. Microsoft also made a big surprise announcement in acquiring Bethesda Studios. A big week for the creators of the Xbox. While Sony and PlayStation gained attention last week with it’s September showcase and preorder launch of the PlayStation 5 the following day. Microsoft had something up their sleeve the following week with a record-breaking, $7.5 Billion purchase of Bethesda. The creators of the franchises behind The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series. Let’s get in-depth with some of the major news from Microsoft.
Microsoft Acquires Bethesda for $7.5 Billion
The biggest surprise of this week was Microsoft’s acquisition of the multi-award-winning company, Bethesda. Bethesda is responsible for several game franchises such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Doom, Wolfenstein, and Dishonored. The purchase will include all of the assets, IPs, and studios underneath the Bethesda name. This will consist of all their game studios such as Arkane Studios (makers of Dishonored) and id Software (Doom). Microsoft’s purchase of Bethesda is the biggest acquisition ever in both Xbox and gaming history. Despite Microsoft’s purchase of Bethesda, they confirmed Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo will still arrive on the PlayStation 5 next year. Todd Howard addressed the question concerning exclusives in an official statement from Bethesda.net:
“Like our original partnership, this one is about more than one system or one screen. We share a deep belief in the fundamental power of games, in their ability to connect, empower, and bring joy. And a belief we should bring that to everyone – regardless of who you are, where you live, or what you play on. Regardless of the screen size, the controller, or your ability to even use one.”
Nonetheless, Xbox hopes to cash in with Bethesda utilizing the Xbox Game Pass. The head of the Xbox division, Phil Spencer, elaborated on console exclusivity for future Bethesda games by stating, “We’ll take other consoles on a case-by-case basis” in an interview with Bloomberg. Future games will include the much anticipated Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield currently in development from Bethesda Game Studios. No further details for the future of Bethesda games were given.
Xbox Series X and S Preorders
Before acquiring Bethesda, gamers geared up to tackle the hardships of preordering an Xbox Series X and Series S. Microsoft announced two weeks earlier of the preorder launch date for both systems slated for September 22nd. While poking a bit of fun of the PlayStation 5’s disastrous preorder issues, karma caught up to Microsoft as well. There were numerous reports of retailer site crashes and people buying the wrong console. Mistakenly, purchasing an Xbox One X instead of the Xbox Series X or S. However, even with the same issues that plagued the PlayStation 5 preorders, retailers were sold out of both Xbox consoles. Microsoft will provide more console preorders coming soon.
Xbox Series X and Series S will launch on November 10th, 2020. Xbox Series X will be $499, while the Xbox Series S will be $299.
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