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  • I feel like that long waited Evil Within 3 is more possible than ever now.

  • This is absolutely insane. What a stellar acquisition. The faux rivalry between Obsidian and Bethesda is gone like that, like it's blowing my mind that they are part of the same entity when so much of Outer Worlds' marketing was "Like Fallout but better."

    I know that there's some debate as to whether or not they will make future titles Xbox exclusive, but if they do then Elder Scrolls will be the single best thing to happen to Xbox ever. I can't even imagine how many consoles it would sell. Only thing that could possibly top it is if Sony got GTA.

  • What's crazy is that I just re-downloaded The Outer Worlds last night because I never finished it and got a craving. The universe was telling me something seismic was brewing...

    I played for 5 hours straight, something I haven't done in a loooooong time. As I get deeper into the game, I think I might've lowballed it in our GOTY 2019 thread. Once the factions all start playing their cards and you make alliances, this is some Grade-A New Vegas style storytelling and I can't get enough of it.

    Too bad Obsidian already has like 3+ games on the go. I feel as though The Outer Worlds 2, Pillars 3 will come before any New Vegas 2. Not that I really need a New Vegas anytime soon, but I just don't see how they can make it happen in practical terms. At least not until other projects wind down. Still feels good that it can happen in theory now with or without Bethesda's feelings getting hurt.

  • @dipset

    @Scotty It has to happen.

  • What?

  • @phbz good thing i didn't start it on PS4

  • @phbz
    While that does suck for people who might have recently just start it I'm looking at it as an excuse to play it again.

  • @chocobop
    Same it's almost like going out to aquire both Coke and Pepsi in a way.

  • @hazz3r yeah, things like elder scrolls being exclusive to Microsoft platforms means too much to them. if sony is lucky they get table scraps.

  • @dipset there is way more ips in bethesda than there are in mojang. Not to mention talent.

  • @phbz

    I finished it again recently with %100 just to play The City that Never Sleeps DLC story arc(I also %100 them) and I'm not planning to play it again any time soon. All I'm getting is Miles.

  • @scotty I hope this isn't the norm for crossgen titles. Like starting Cyberpunk on a current gen machine and not being able to just keep playing on a PS5/XSX. It's not vital but having an gen agnostic unified platform should be standard when you plan to support both.

  • @phbz
    Yeah that's something that kinda worries me too. Will all the crossgen games leave us starting from zero unless it's all server side information (Destiny 2, Division 2 for example)

  • so i just pre-ordered my Xbox Series X.

    PS5 pre-orders were better since Sony didn't give everyone a heads up they were starting.
    because Xbox specified a date and time pre-orders would start it meant everyone flocked to EB Australia's website and they crashed the website.

    i ended up pre-ordering with JB Hifi after the EB site crashed but my JB pre-order isn't guaranteed to be a launch console.


    This makes perfect sense, much more than the Rare acquisition (which I'm still pissed at Microsoft for). Xbox needed an injection of desirable exclusives, and Bethesda Game Studios has always been close to Microsoft (see Todd Howard's and Pete Hines' thoughts on the acquisition). The Elder Scrolls wasn't really a serious thing outside of Xbox and PC until Skyrim Special Edition/Switch Edition. Little money will be lost by making TES VI a timed exclusive.

    Also, the general style of games Bethesda Softworks publishes (particularly id Software titles) more closely matches the Xbox audience.

    What really makes the expense worth it is getting the all the IPs, especially Doom and Fallout, which have mindshare outside of gaming like Minecraft.

  • @bigdude1 said in That's News!:

    @dipset there is way more ips in bethesda than there are in mojang. Not to mention talent.

    I know Bethesda / Zeni have a lot of IPs but I was coming from a strictly monetary standpoint when I'm trying to piece together why they spent so much money. For example, Hasbro bought eOne for $3.8B which is less than this buyout. Hasbro didn't care about any of the other IP's eOne owned other than: Paw Patrol, PJ Mask, and Peppa The Pig. Paw Patrol alone brings in roughly $1B in merch annually without even counting the TV Network stuff. These Hasbro IPs all went for less money and are worth infinitely more money than these adult oriented M-rated single player video game IPs are. At least at first glance.

    So that's why I'm trying to wrap my head around Microsoft's angle. Is this just a portfolio purchase? So MS can say "hey, look at our diverse group of brands we own world wide?" I just don't understand their angle here. Minecraft alone is worth more than these are from a strictly revenue generating stand point.

  • Kinda late to put put my thoughts on it, but I wonder if this Bethesda acquisition will open the gate for crazier deals in the future. I can see Sony picking up at least parts of Atlus or Square Enix one day because of this.

  • @bam541
    Atlus is owned by Sega

  • @dmcmaster then they'll pick up Sega :p gotta get that exclusive Sonic Forces 2 deal

  • @bam541
    I said this elsewhere but imagine over the next year or so Sony picking up Capcom, Konami, and Square Enix