Microsoft has officially welcomed Bethesda Softworks to the Xbox family following the completion of an acquisition deal.
The deal was announced on Tuesday, March 9.
“Our goal is to give these teams the best foundation for doing their greatest work and to learn from them as we continue to build Xbox into an inclusive platform for all players,” Phil Spencer, head of Xbox and executive VP of gaming at Microsoft, said in a statement.
“This is the next step in building an industry-leading first party studios team, a commitment we have to our Xbox community. With the addition of the Bethesda creative teams, gamers should know that Xbox consoles, PC, and Game Pass will be the best place to experience new Bethesda games, including some new titles in the future that will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players.”
The deal was an acquisition of ZeniMax Media which includes Bethesda Game Studios, iD Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios.
Bethesda celebrated the announcement with a video introducing the next step in the company’s journey.
The announcement added: “We would also like to honor the life and memory of my close friend Robert A. Altman, founder of ZeniMax Media. Robert believed deeply in the power of gaming and we are privileged to be able to continue his work by joining forces with the teams he built and led for many years. I will miss the opportunity to work directly with him on the future of our combined teams but I know that his spirit will live on in the shared work we do and motivate us to make this partnership all he envisioned.”
Additional details about the incorporation of Bethesda Softworks into the Xbox framework will come in the following weeks.