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Well, this is quite the unexpected studio acquisition. Microsoft has played its biggest card yet when it comes to its next gen plans, announcing that it has acquired ZeniMax Media and by proxy Bethesda for $7.5 billion.

The publisher behind Doom, Fallout, and the Elder Scrolls has been on Xbox platforms for years, with The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind being one of the original Xbox’s biggest games. Now, they’re part of the Xbox family, bringing Xbox Game Studios up from 15 teams to a whopping 23.

Microsoft expects the acquisition to close in the second half of 2021, following customary closing conditions and a regulatory review. This likely means Doom Eternal for Switch will still go ahead, but future Bethesda ports may be up in the air. Given Microsoft’s willingness to bring other games to the system, however, we can hope the support continues!

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Written by Tom Brown

Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.