This Tuesday, March 9, 2021, Xbox made official the acquisition of the ZeniMax Media company. From now on, the Microsoft family will be able to count on new studios that have marked the history of video games.
Studio acquisition is not exactly Xbox’s DNA if we consider the first years of the American giant in the game console market. If you take a look at Xbox Game Studios, you’ll mainly find studio creations from the Xbox 360 era (343i, The Coalition, Turn10).
And then with the arrival of the Xbox One, everything changed. Xbox realised that it needed to secure its catalogue of games and diversify its offer.
After the successful takeover of Mojang in 2014, no less than 7 studios joined the XGS between 2018 and 2019 (Compulsion Games, inXile Entertainment, Ninja Theory, Obsidian Entertainment, Playground Games, Undead Labs, Double Fine Productions).
And today, with ZeniMax Media, XGS has grown from 8 studios in 2017 to 23 in 2021.
To mark the occasion, Bethesda has shared a video that reminds us of the company’s genesis and what it has become after all these years.
Car ZeniMax et Bethesda, c’est une liste de noms emblématiques : Arx Fatalis, Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, Dishonored, Doom, Fallout, Prey, Quake, Rage, The Elder Scrolls, The Evil Within ou encore Wolfenstein.
Good luck to this now historic duo, with a special thought to two of my favourite studios which are Arkane Studios for their refreshing ideas and their perfect realisations, but also to Bethesda Game Studios who made me dream with The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind almost 20 years ago.