Tuesday news, the second part:
John Carmack says Microsoft's Bethesda buyout might let him 're-engage' with old games
Microsoft's acquisition of ZeniMax Media and all its various studios is the big news of the day, and id Software co-founder John Carmack appears to be all in favor of the buyout.
The Elder Scrolls Online will continue 'exactly as it was' following Microsoft purchase
Following the earth-shaking news that Microsoft has acquired ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks, there have been a number of announcements today by everyone from Todd Howard to Phil Spencer to Pete Hines. Even John Carmack had something to say.
A lot of players, meanwhile, still have have questions about Bethesda games, and what changes will potentially be made to their releases and platforms, particularly when it comes to games on PlayStation.
At least one of those questions has been answered: The Elder Scrolls Online will reportedly continue as normal after the acquisition. The reassurance comes from a statement by ZeniMax Online studio director Matt Firor on Twitter.
BlizzCon is coming back for an online event in February
Blizzard cancelled BlizzCon 2020 in May, saying that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic made the traditional weekend-long party impossible to hold safely. But it also committed to an online event in 2021 that would "channel the BlizzCon spirit," and today it confirmed that "BlizzConline" will take place February 19-20, 2021.
Former Skullgirls developers have launched a new studio called Future Club
In August, multiple employees of Skullgirls devloper Lab Zero Games resigned from the studio after an internal investigation revealed an alleged pattern of inappropriate behavior from lead designer Mike Zaimont, who had assumed control of the company. Shortly after that, Zaimont laid off all remaining employees. Today, some of those former members of the studio announced that they have launched a new operation called Future Club, "a cooperatively structured independent game studio."
Halo 3: ODST and Firefight are out on PC now
Halo 3: ODST, the most divergent game in the series, has finally arrived on PC for the first time. You can pick it up separately or as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection now.
Microsoft plans to leave ZeniMax alone, according to Phil Spencer
With Microsoft's acquisition of ZeniMax Media, around 2,300 more people are about to become employed by the increasingly gigantic corporation. Acquisitions often come with redundancies and cuts, however, especially when there are big overlaps, as there are with ZeniMax and Xbox Game Studios.
Speaking with CNBC this week, head of Xbox Phil Spencer avoided specifics when questioned about the possibility of cuts, but he did say that Microsoft isn't planning to meddle.
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