1/ *What does Bethesda Gain?* What is missing in a lot of these conversations is the advantage to #Zenimax (#Bethesda). Many people just view this as #Microsoft just gobbling up #Bethesda (because reasons) but we have to look at what the Zenimax studios gain from this.
2/ The obvious advantage that a #Zenimax studio now has is access to additional funding. Projects can now be funded at a level that might allow a studio to higher more people, or build out a game in the way they always wanted (but never could). #Bethesda #gaming
3/ Access to additional funds will be be felt most by the smaller studios in the group, since it is likely they were always the most restricted when it came to funding. That's a big deal for a studio such as #Arkane, #MachineGames, or #TangoGameworks.
4/ But even "cooler", these studios are now business linked to #XboxGamePass. As other devs have mentioned, a subscription service like XGP allows for MORE risk taking, not less. If you want to see AA & AAA studios break the mold more often, this merger is a good thing.
5/ Additional, with #Microsoft being the tech giant that they are, all Zenimax studios now have direct access to Microsoft & #Xbox resources. (i.e. The inner workings of DX12.) This means: games that run better, games that look better, games that are less buggy on PC, etc, etc.
6/ As with all things, there are still risks, of course. #Microsoft may grow weary of the studio "spread" and condense smaller studios under one roof (over time). #Xbox might find they can't pull in customers at a rate to support the financial costs.
7/ There are NO guarantees about how this plays out. Personally, I'm excited to see what the #Bethesda / #Zenimax studios can create under the banner of #Xbox (and the advantages I talked about here). But, it will be several years until we see how this all turns out.

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