Microsoft has bought Zenimax/Bethesda

Discussion in 'NMA News and Information' started by Kilus, Sep 21, 2020.

  1. RangerBoo

    RangerBoo Resident crazy lady

    Jun 15, 2015
    Jesus! I woke up to this. Unless Microsoft replaces many of the talent in Bethesda's creative team I don't have much faith in Fallout and Elder Scrolls. Now if they allowed Obsidian to make a new Fallout and bring back many of the old talent behind the originals and New Vegas then I may have some new found faith in Fallout.
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  2. maximaz

    maximaz Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Apr 2, 2006
    Suddenly TE6 collectors edition now includes a free covid vaccine.
  3. StopSigntheVendingMachine

    StopSigntheVendingMachine narcissistic sociopath

    Jan 28, 2020
    Well, Todd Howard and Mike have been business partners for awhile now so Xbox buying Bethesda kind of makes sense. It's like a long term couple who finally put a ring on it. But all modern marriages end in divorce, and the only reason I can think of why this happened is because they're counting on TES 6 to be a hit.

    As far as the only thing we're worried about;
    I don't know guys. Worst case scenario is we see more franchise milking than we already do with '76. Microsoft just pumping out garbage for the brand recognition.
    We can only hope, man.
  4. Sublime

    Sublime Still Mildly Glowing

    Jun 5, 2018
  5. Gizmojunk

    Gizmojunk Half-way Through My Half-life

    Nov 26, 2007
    TES 6 copy.jpg

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  6. Atomic Postman

    Atomic Postman Mojave Express Employee of the Month

    Mar 16, 2013
    "Mr Avellone...I'm glad you could make it."

    "You see, I'm...putting together a team."
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  7. TheGM

    TheGM The voice of reason

    Aug 19, 2008
    Wait Hold up. . .Does this mean they are gonna fire Pete Hines?
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  8. Atomic Postman

    Atomic Postman Mojave Express Employee of the Month

    Mar 16, 2013
    Hopefully them coming under new management means less of the horrible nepotism that has kept Emil and Pete afloat despite both being objectively terrible at their work and terrible at representing the company (Emil isn't that bad on that front, being a clear moron when speaking isn't a fireable offence but Pete is off the chain with the audience contempt)
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  9. Malpais Dominus

    Malpais Dominus First time out of the vault

    Jun 1, 2020
    I suppose this was just the natural evolution of things. The Playstation ports of all of Bethesda's games have always been a second thought that ran terribly and were the last to get any DLC.
  10. Jabberwok

    Jabberwok Where'd That 6th Toe Come From?

    Jun 7, 2008
    Hold on a sec, looking at that list makes me think of a more important question. If MS owns Zenimax, does that means they also acquired Arkane? What about Id?
  11. RangerBoo

    RangerBoo Resident crazy lady

    Jun 15, 2015
    God I hope so.
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  12. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    I was quite surprised when I found out about this when it was mentioned on the Dutch news, well in the scrolling section under the televised news that Microsoft had bought a major game publisher studio.
    I never expected that it would be Bethesda.

    My thought were also "Hey Microsoft owns Inxile, Obsidian, and now Bethesda, that sounds like a situation in which we could perhaps get a Fallout game like FNV again."

    But as people mentioned here, most of the people who worked on FNV have long since left Obsidian and I don't think they will be coming back.
    I think it is even very unlikely that even Cain and Boyarsky perhaps get the chance to work on Fallout again unless Microsoft plans to merge all these studios into one.

    The most likely future for the Fallout franchise doesn't change despite this new article. The Fallout franchise remains ruined.
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  13. Mr Fish

    Mr Fish Snug Rubber

    Sep 11, 2010
    I don't get all the hate for Obsidian. I've played their games and I'd say they have a problem with knowing how to make something stand out. Art design or whatever. Like they don't pack a punch that makes them iconic. But writing? Choice and consequence? RPG design? They're not the best out there but I think they're good. It honestly just feels like it is the popular trend now, to just throw shit at Obsidian and I guess I must've missed it because I don't see how they're bad. Just stuck too much to fantasy stuff and aren't the best at iconography and are a bit overly cautious with balancing their games. But writing-wise? Quest choices? Choice and consequence? Dialogue? RPG design? I think they're good. :shrug:


    I should clarify, I don't expect FNV2 from them, not ever. That ship has long since sailed. But do I think the current iteration could produce a game with good writing (not amazing) and proper RPG mechanics and quest design? Yes, I do.
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  14. Gizmojunk

    Gizmojunk Half-way Through My Half-life

    Nov 26, 2007
    Microsoft bought Caligari Corp years ago (presumably just to own their trueSpace IP). The $800 application was then was then released for free with an added export plugin for Virtual Earth and support for V-Ray disabled—then the company was dissolved.
  15. RangerBoo

    RangerBoo Resident crazy lady

    Jun 15, 2015
    If Bethesda becomes dissolved I don't think that would be any big loss.
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  16. Proletären

    Proletären Vault Dweller

    Mar 15, 2012
    This came as a big surprise but I am cautiously optimistic. Having Bethesda under the same room as Obsidian must be better for Fallout? Could we have a New Vegas remaster by Obsidian?

    I realise Fallout is a dead franchise for any fan of the cannon games but still...
  17. Gizmojunk

    Gizmojunk Half-way Through My Half-life

    Nov 26, 2007
    Maybe we'll get MS Flight Simulator Wasteland DLC.
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  18. Moester

    Moester First time out of the vault

    Sep 15, 2008
    1) The new Engine is likely to be the Engine designed for "The Outer Worlds". I really liked what they did with that should be able to handle much bigger and more complex games.
    2) Probably, but Microsoft has generally been good at keeping talented managers in place, and giving them plenty of room to make good games...they care less about control and more about content. GamePass certainly gives them the ability to make some more niche games without worrying about shipping a specific amount of copies.
    3) We're likely to see less reuse of assets and stretching a game engine well past its sell-by date under MS. IMO The disaster that was Fallout 76 is what led to this acquisition...Zenimax could either go to their shareholders and admit that their profitability cratered or announce an acquisition by Microsoft.
    4) Probably...It would make sense that they get amalgamated into Microsoft Games Studio and that they're put to work on broader game development. I wouldn't be surprised if we'd see a Shadowrun RPG being developed by the former Zenimax teams.

    I'm cautiously optimistic...Although there is a ton of potential for this to be a disaster as well...but can it really be worse than Fallout '76?
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  19. RangerBoo

    RangerBoo Resident crazy lady

    Jun 15, 2015
    I wonder if Microsoft will force Bethesda to change engines. It is about time they do as the Creation/Gamebyro engine is a bug filled mess that should have been shelved years ago.
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  20. TheGM

    TheGM The voice of reason

    Aug 19, 2008
    Now I'm not calling for him to be fired, but isn't his position a little redundant now? also he was an asshole.
    As far as I'm aware Zenimax is/was a privately owned company. For all we know the person who owned it said fuck it and decided to retire to their own island in the Seychelles.