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Microsoft To Acquire ZeniMax Media

People were wondering if Microsoft would have anything further to announce prior to the opening of pre-orders for the Xbox Series line of consoles on Tuesday, and it turns out they did with the bombshell acquisition of ZeniMax Media.

The deal announced Monday, set to be finalized in the second half of the 2021 fiscal year, sees Microsoft take control of ZeniMax’s entire 2,300-strong employees and intellectual property (IP) – a group of nine studios that includes Bethesda, id Software, Arkane Studios among others and control of storied franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, and Quake, as well as the upcoming Starfield.

The cost? A staggering $7.5 billion – making this the second largest-ever acquisition in gaming history, trailing only the Tencent/Supercell deal’s $8.6 billion valuation.

It puts Microsoft in the unusual position of publishing a pair of exclusives – albeit timed exclusives – on a competing platform, as they now own both the Deathloop and Ghostwire Tokyo IP. The company has committed to honouring those deals, but noted that future games would appear on Xbox and PC, with ‘other platforms’ decided on a case by case basis.

This probably means we’ve seen the last of major franchises like The Elder Scrolls on Playstation, as it’s unlikely Microsoft wants to lay out $7.5 billion to bolster their first-party studios and not use those studios to make their own platforms look more attractive. We’ll probably still see smaller titles spread out to other platforms, and they will continue to support ongoing games like Elder Scrolls Online the same way they continue to support Minecraft on other platforms.

For Xbox owners with Game Pass, this is incredible news, as all of ZeniMax’s past games will now be appearing on the service – starting with DOOM Eternal coming soon – and all new games will debut day and date on it.

Combine that with EA Play being rolled into Game Pass and suddenly that whole ‘Netflix of gaming’ is a lot more real.

DOOM Eternal Trailer Brings The Heat – And Gibs

If there was any doubt about it, the latest trailer for DOOM Eternal proves, without a doubt, that DOOM is back.
The fast-moving high-intensity second-to-second gameplay in the latest DOOM titles has been a breath of fresh air in the modern first-person shooter (FPS) market, and DOOM Eternal looks to ramp that up even more.
Developers at id Software had already dialed it to 11 with 2016’s DOOM, so what’s it at now…12?

DOOM Eternal will be hitting PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia on March 20, 2020, with a Nintendo Switch version releasing at a later date.

DOOM Eternal (PC, PS4, Xbox One Versions) Delayed to March, 2020

First, the good news – if you pre-order DOOM Eternal you’re going to also get DOOM 64, free of charge, on March 20, 2020!
The bad news? That’s also the new release date for DOOM Eternal on PC, PS4, and Xbox One after the team at id Software decided to extend the launch date to make sure they can get it polished up to the standards they – and gamers – expect from the storied franchise.
Nintendo Switch owners hoping to get into the demon-slaying action will have to wait a little longer than that, though, as no release date has been set for the Switch version at this time. Pre-orders of that version will get DOOM 64 on March 20th to hold them over, however, so it’s not all bad.
Here’s the press release:

Throughout the development of DOOM Eternal, our goal has been to deliver a game that exceeds your greatest expectations across the board.

To make sure we’re delivering the best experience — for DOOM Eternal to live up to our standards of speed and polish — we’ve made the decision to extend our launch date by a few months to March 20, 2020.  We know many fans will be disappointed by this delay, but we are confident that DOOM Eternal will deliver a gaming experience that is worth the wait.

In addition to shifting the DOOM Eternal launch date, we’ve made a couple other changes we wanted you to know about:

  • Invasion Mode, which will allow you to enter another player’s game as a playable demon, will release as a free update shortly after launch.
  • DOOM Eternal for Nintendo Switch will release after the other platforms. We will announce that date in the future.
  • DOOM 64 will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in addition to Nintendo Switch. We are adding DOOM 64 as a pre-order bonus for DOOM Eternal on all platforms so you’ll be able to download and play this classic game, for free, just for pre-ordering DOOM Eternal. DOOM 64 will be released on March 20, 2020 on all platforms.

We are grateful to every DOOM fan for your dedication and support – we can’t wait to rip-and-tear right alongside you.

id Software