Earlier today, Bethesda – publisher of smash-hit series such as the Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and Dishonored – announced that they were being bought by tech-giant Microsoft.
In the announcement article, Bethesda spokesman Pete Hines explained the decision would ‘allow them to make even better games’ in future. “Microsoft is an incredible partner and offers access to resources that will make us a better publisher and developer,” Pete outlined. “We believe that means better games for you to play. Simply put – we believe that change is an important part of getting better. We believe in pushing ourselves to be better. To innovate. To grow.”
Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, seemed to agree, citing a proud history of the companies working together.
What the purchase of Bethesda – and by extension, it’s parent company ZeniMax Media – means for the game industry as a whole is as yet unknown. Whilst it is likely Xbox and PC titles would be supported, it would be difficult to imagine, say, Dishonored 3 coming to the PS5 in this situation. But the gaming public will have to wait and see.