Microsoft 以 $75 億美元的價格收購了 ZeniMax Media 和遊戲開發商 Bethesda Softworks，意味著 Xbox 將持有《Fallout》、《Doom》、《The Elder Scrolls》等強檔遊戲的所有權。Xbox 的 Phil Spencer 稍早發表的一封公開信中，稱此次收購是 Microsoft 的一個重大里程碑，因為該公司將正式擁有 23 個創意工作團隊，分別為 PC 和 Xbox 製作遊戲。 Bethesda Softworks 全球行銷副總裁發表了另一篇文章，稱該公司「與 Microsoft合作已有很長的一段歷史」，並將繼續像往常一樣製作遊戲。
Phil Spence 信件完整內容如下：
Bethesda’s games have always had a special place on Xbox and in the hearts of millions of gamers around the world. Our teams have a close and storied history working together, from the amazing first DOOM, and its id Tech engine, innovating games on PCs to Bethesda bringing their first console game to the original Xbox, the groundbreaking The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. Over the years I’ve had many deep conversations with the creative leaders at Bethesda on the future of gaming and we’ve long shared similar visions for the opportunities for creators and their games to reach more players in more ways.
Just as they took the bold first steps to bring The Elder Scrolls franchise to the original Xbox, Bethesda were early supporters of Xbox Game Pass, bringing their games to new audiences across devices and have been actively investing in new gaming technology like cloud streaming of games. We will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC, including Obsidian and Arkane Studios, and Tango Gameworks. One of the things that has me most excited is seeing the roadmap with Bethesda’s future games, some announced and many unannounced, to Xbox console and PC including Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios.