Daily Video Game News Blog 09/21/20
Hello internet! Man, do we have some news today. With preorders for the new Xbox series X literally a day away Microsoft makes a HUGE announcement. Microsoft has now acquired Zenimax Studios and all its subsidiaries including Bethesda for 7.5 BILLION DOLLARS. Which to put in perspective, that’s almost as much as what Disney paid for Marvel and Star Wars COMBINED. (8.5 Billion)
They announced that all the studios new games will be available on gamepass day one of release and that all the new games will be exclusive on a Case-by-Case basis. Meaning they could make them exclusive to the Xbox, but they aren’t sure if they are going to or not. Also, they will be using some new engines for their upcoming games.
To me, this sounds amazing. Bethesda has been slowly driving themselves headfirst into the ground with all the bad PR around some of their recent releases. Honestly, I’m not sure that Microsoft could make Bethesda any more hated than they have already done themselves. This was a big swing for Microsoft to really push their gamepass subscription and the fact they did this announcement one day before the preorders of their new console launch is no coincidence.
The negative side to this story is the fact that they spent 7.5 Billion on this company. Which clearly shows you how much money is in the gaming industry and yet they are still deciding to raise the price of the next gen games to 70$. Hopefully, Microsoft continues its consumer-friendly marketing stunts and help the gamers that don’t have the ability to get these 70$ games. We shall have to wait and see.
To those that think this is a bad move for Microsoft and think that they are going to ruin the company. The companies that they have already acquired have put out some pretty good games, Hellblade, and Outer Worlds to name a few. Yet some of the companies Microsoft owns have put out some bad ones, Banjo Kazooie comes rushing back to me as I try to forget about it. So, I’m not really sure how this will play out but pretty much anything could be better than what Bethesda has been doing on their own, with the exception of Doom and Dishonored. Is this a last-ditch effort for Microsoft? I don’t think so, they’ve already given up on the console war in my opinion when they announced all their exclusives will be on PC and that most the new games will still be on the previous console generation. As well as the fact that they pushed back their big console seller, Halo.
That’s the news for today. I am trying to get better at writing more often and it really helps me if you comment or react to see if people are reading. I am most likely going to make posts every weekday and off on the weekends. Hopefully, that will keep me doing this. Thank you for reading! What do you think about this news? Lemme know in the comments!