Zenimax acquisition completes this year
Microsoft acquired Zenimax Media last year, but the acquisition isn’t complete until later this year. That means Bethesda has yet to integrate with Xbox Game Studios.
"2021 is when we'll get final approval, I feel really good about that," said Phil Spencer. Much of Zenimax's portfolio has already appeared on Xbox Game Pass, but that's just the first step in Microsoft's master plan for the studios they're about to take control over.
Not quite ready yet: "Everything is on track. We'll start then really getting to some of the planning we can do with them. Right now we're really hands-off with them as they continue to do the work that they're doing, because we don't own them yet,” Spencer continued.
First-party overkill: Bethesda is arguably the jewel in Zenimax's crown, and Spencer is very excited to welcome the RPG studio into Xbox Game Studios, alongside RPG heavyweights Obsidian and inXile. “It doubles the size of our first-party studios when Bethesda joins, which is pretty amazing to think about."