With a billion dollar acquisition, Microsoft is strengthening its gaming division around the Xbox game console
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With ZeniMax Media, Microsoft wants to take over a major player in the games industry.
The group includes the game studios Bethesda, id and Arkane Studios - and thus the rights to games such as "The Elder Scrolls", "Fallout", "Doom" and "Dishonored".
One of the first questions gamers asked was about two other titles: "Deathloop" and "GhostWire: Tokyo".
They should initially appear exclusively for Microsoft's competition, for Sony's PlayStation 5, and only later as a PC version.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has now made it clear in an interview with "Bloomberg" that nothing should change.
However, future titles would appear as Xbox and PC games, but only on a "case by case" basis on other consoles.
Microsoft is concerned with the takeover primarily to strengthen the Xbox Game Pass offer, which has 15 million subscribers so far.
"The Elder Scrolls: Online" remains on all platforms
Fans of "The Elder Scrolls: Online" can breathe easy.
Matt Firor, director of ZeniMax Online Studios, said on Twitter that online RPG will "continue to be supported exactly as it was before, and we expect to continue to grow and thrive on all currently supported platforms".
"The Elder Scrolls: Online" runs on Xbox One, PCs, Macs, PlayStation 4 and Google's Stadia.
It should also be available on the new consoles.
Both the new Xbox Series X and Series S, as well as the PlayStation 5 will go on sale in November.
In the past few years, Sony had sold twice as many copies of the PlayStation 4 as Microsoft copies of its Xbox.
The more titles that appear exclusively for the Xbox, the more attractive the console will be in the future.
Microsoft said video games are the largest and fastest growing form of entertainment in the world.
The industry should therefore achieve a profit of 200 billion dollars in the coming year.
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