Bethesda founder Christopher Weaver spoke about the $ 7.5 billion acquisition of the publisher’s parent company, Zenimax Media, saying the deal is “an extremely attractive acquisition by both groups.”
As noted by our friends at VGC, in an interview with Inverse, Weaver said “what Microsoft owns, Sony can’t get”, adding “there are only a limited number of proven AAA creators.”
“I think this is an extremely interesting acquisition by both groups. Microsoft immediately deepens their bank with one of the most experienced companies in entertainment software (during a time when video game sales are at an all-time high) and Bethesda gets the advantage of focusing their creative firepower on the software that powers Microsoft̵
“There are only a limited number of proven AAA creators. What Microsoft owns, Sony can’t get,” added the Bethesda founder. “There are many economies of scale that consolidation between the right partners has the ability to deliver, but the final test will be proven by the quality of the products produced over time.”
Microsoft’s monumental acquisition of Bethesda, id Software, Arkane Studios, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks’ parent company, ZeniMax Media, was announced earlier this week in a $ 7.5 billion deal.
As we speculated at the time, the list of game franchises now part of the Xbox family is a surprising read. Includes The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Doom, Dishonored, Wolfenstein, Prey, Rage, The Evil Within, Quake, and the upcoming Starfield.
“The acquisition of Bungie was a major factor in the success of the first Xbox,” concluded Weaver. “Depending on how soon Bethesda will be able to kick-start Microsoft’s pipeline, I suspect Microsoft is looking at their playbook and trying to repeat one of its ‘best moves’.
“If the strategy works, it will be a brilliant counter-move against Sony. Users around the world will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this deal. I wish them well.”
Microsoft’s deal is primarily about the safety of past, present and future games for Xbox Game Pass, Eurogamer publisher Oli wrote last week. The first Bethesda game to arrive on Xbox Game Pass after the confirmed announcement is Doom Eternal, which will arrive on Game Pass for consoles on October 1st and for PC later this year.