The transaction was confirmed in just over a month.
Microsoft shocked the gaming world last September when it announced the acquisition of Bethesda Softworks’ parent company ZeniMax Media. Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, and more will be Xbox properties for this staggering $ 7.5 billion worth of deals. The contract has already been agreed, but there are still some potential obstacles.
Reuters reported that Microsoft “requested European Commission approval” for purchases over the past few days. The deal is expected to be finalized by EU antitrust regulators by March 5.
“EU competitors can clear a transaction with or without concessions during the preliminary review, or can initiate a full-scale investigation if there are serious concerns.”
Zenimax, and thus Bethesda, is best known for its large franchise The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series, which includes both Skyrim and Oblivion. However, in addition to these titles, the company has also played a role in the release of several other giant franchises, including the Doom series, Wolfenstein series, and Dishonored series.
The future looks good for both Bethesda and Microsoft. In addition to their amazing game back catalog, the company has been confirmed to have at least two major titles in its work. Announced at E3 2018, Bethesda confirmed a new IP titled Starfield, and both of the following games from The Elder Scrolls franchise were under development. However, both of these titles are still a long way off.
It has also been confirmed that another subsidiary of Zenimax, Machine Games, is developing a major new title. The developers of Wolfenstein have revealed that a new original Indiana Jones game is under development. Thanks to the fans, the development of the new Indy game has nothing to do with the speed of the release of The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield.
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