Head of Xbox Phil Spencer on ZeniMax acquisition: “Our plan is to leave it alone”22nd September 2020
One of the biggest video game stories of the year broke earlier this week after it was announced Microsoft would be acquiring ZeniMax for $7.5 billion.
ZeniMax is the parent company which owns Bethesda Softworks – a team of 2,300 employees across eight studios – responsible for classics such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and Doom.
For years, the company’s titles were available on all platforms; however, this may soon change after the shock acquisition.
Immediately, fans were questioning how the deal will impact the company’s releases on Sony’s PlayStation systems.
For instance, both Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo have timed-exclusive deals in place for the PS5.
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer shed light on how these agreements will still be honoured, though, there is still concern that the long-awaited Elder Scrolls 6 may now never be available on PlayStation.
Matt Firor, Studio Director of ZeniMax Online Studios, took to Twitter to reassure fans that The Elder Scrolls Online will continue to receive support on all systems.
However, he curiously avoided referencing the PlayStation 4 by name which caused additional concern from fans.
Once news of the deal had broke, Phil Spencer appeared on CNBC to clarify certain details and when quizzed on whether Microsoft would make cuts to the company, he replied: “Our plan is to leave it alone.
“ZeniMax has an amazing track record of building great games. Our goal is to make ZeniMax the best ZeniMax they can be.
“Working individually with their studios on the great platform technology that we have and getting their creators’ feedback into the things we need to go build, that’s just a critical flywheel for us.”
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