2020 has more twists and turns than a Mario Kart track. Seriously, we should just throw turtle shells at each other at this point. Some of us were sound asleep when we woke up to the news on Monday that Microsoft was squiring ZeniMax.
So what? What’s Zenimax? Is that some indie company?
No, Zenimax is the parent company of Bethesda Softworks. We’re going to let that crushing realization sink in before driving home the point that these are the publishers behind the iconic Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and Doom series. Bethesda has published other titles, but these three are the big dogs. They’re the ones you adopt first at the pound because they tell you to.
While that most likely means Microsoft is going to play keep away from PlayStation for a while, there is some good news for games already announced. Ghostwire: Tokyo and Deathloop will stay on the PlayStation 5 as timed exclusives. This is good news for everyone who was waiting for these two rather obscure titles, but good news nonetheless. If there are any other games already announced for the PlayStation 5 before Microsoft bought on ZeniMax, then we will most likely see them too.
Unfortunately, everything else after that is up in the air, but we’re sure Microsoft is going to play the greed card. What company wouldn’t? They didn’t purchase ZeniMax so they could say, “It’s okay Sony, we’re going to share because sharing is caring.”
No, Microsoft is going to be ruthless. They want their money’s worth out of basically purchasing Bethesda (the final nail in the coffin of 2020. Seriously, can this year be over yet?)
They’re getting Fallout and The Elder Scrolls. Those two franchises alone could hire Jeff Bezos to scrub their toilets. Microsoft is going to use their Xbox Game Pass to let their fanbase consume the meat while the scraps are thrown to Sony afterward.
“Sony, you can have The Elder Scrolls VI, but we’re going to leverage it for sales first.”
You know what? We can’t even be mad. Make that money, Microsoft.