Leaked Bethesda Game Collections Hint Upcoming Lineup Could Be For Xbox Series

KEY POINTS

  • Microsoft recently acquired Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax Studios
  • The acquisition provides Microsoft access to a wide range of hit games and franchises from Bethesda
  • A recent leak may have revealed the upcoming games that Bethesda is working for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S

Two collections of games from videogame publisher Bethesda, apparently being developed for Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles, were recently leaked online.

Microsoft recently acquired Bethesda’s parent company, ZeniMax Studios.

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) recently issued ratings for the two collections, which include the “Wolfenstein Alt History Collection” and the “Dishonored & Prey: The Arkane Collection”. Both collections list the Xbox Series consoles as their only platforms, suggesting that they could release as Xbox-exclusives.

Each of the game collection features four games but there is no information regarding the specific titles included in them. There are speculations that

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Everything Bethesda Softworks is working on right now for Xbox and PC

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In September 2020 the gaming industry was hit with the shocking news that Microsoft is acquiring ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion in cash, bringing Bethesda Softworks is joining Xbox. Bethesda Softworks has been in the industry since 1986, with a long legacy of developing and publishing different titles such as The Elder Scrolls, DOOM, Dishonored, and more. Many of the projects these developers are now working on could be some of best Xbox RPGs to come.

We’ve created a full list solely because the publishing division is being kept intact. But make no mistake, Bethesda is part of the Xbox family, which now encompasses 23 game studios: 8 under Bethesda Softworks and 15 under Xbox Game Studios. Here’s everything Bethesda Softworks is working on right now — that we know of.

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Xbox’s Bethesda acquisition is evidence of blockbuster gaming’s volatility

Microsoft’s Xbox gaming division is acquiring The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim publisher Bethesda for $7.5 billion. And it’s difficult to overstate how much this changes gaming. The easiest way for me to think about this is that Xbox just bought one of the only other companies that actually has a major media presentation during E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show) each year. This has led to a lot of talk about what the purchase means for Xbox and its Game Pass subscription service. But the deal tells us just as much about how unsustainable the triple-A blockbuster gaming business is.

Bethesda is one of gaming’s main publishing companies. Like Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, and Take-Two, it built a business by creating studios and releasing games for PC and consoles. Its biggest releases are megahits like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4. And yet the owners of ZeniMax Media

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What Microsoft’s $7.5B purchase of Bethesda parent ZeniMax means for Xbox Series X

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Microsoft’s making more investments in its Xbox gaming franchise.


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Microsoft’s Xbox team significantly expanded its list of game development studios on Monday, announcing the purchase of ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion in cash. The entertainment company owns several industry-leading game developers, including Bethesda Softworks, the maker of the post-apocalyptic Fallout games and the fantasy series The Elder Scrolls. It also owns Id Software, known for its Doom, Rage and Wolfenstein shooting game franchises.

The move grows the number of in-house Xbox game development studios to 23, up from 15 earlier, giving it control of some of the game industry’s most popular franchises. Microsoft also plans to run Bethesda as its own division, with leadership and structure intact. 

“As a proven game developer and publisher, Bethesda has

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How Microsoft’s CEO, Xbox head say they won’t screw up Bethesda

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Microsoft’s purchase of ZeniMax comes mere weeks before the company’s next big launch of its next Xbox consoles.


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Microsoft may be known as a business software giant, powering most of the world’s PCs and building backroom technology and tools. But it’s also spent more than $10 billion buying development studios behind some of the most popular video games in the world. To Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, it’s all about the future of software.

Though not known as a gamer himself, Nadella’s made big bets on the video game industry, buying Minecraft maker Mojang for $2.5 billion shortly after he was named CEO in 2014. Then he bought five more studios in 2018, including role-playing game maker Obsidian, known for the space adventure The Outer Worlds and the well-received South Park: The Stick of Truth. In 2019, it bought Double Fine, maker of adventure game Psychonauts.

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Microsoft’s Bethesda Buyout to Intensify Console Gaming War

Microsoft MSFT is leaving no stone unturned to make the launch of the highly awaited next-generation Xbox Series X gaming console, which is scheduled to release on Nov 10, 2020, a blockbuster hit.

The tech giant recently announced its intentions to acquire leading video game developer Bethesda Softworks’ parent company ZeniMax Media for an all-cash deal valued at $7.5 billion.

The deal will help boost the subscriber base for Xbox Game Pass service as Microsoft will be adding Bethesda’s popular AAA titles to its Game Pass roster. At present, the subscription service has 15 million users.

Rockville, MD-based Bethesda Softworks boasts a robust IP portfolio and exclusive AAA console and PC game content, with popular video titles like The Elder Scrolls, DOOM, Quake, Wolfenstein, and Fallout, under its banner.

Moreover, Microsoft, currently carrying a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), is likely to make the upcoming Bethesda

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