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Forums - Sony Discussion - Outlandish Rumor: Sony is in talks to purchase Zenimax and all owned studios

So looking at everything that has happened it's likely that this original rumor started because someone caught wind of the GhostWire & Deathloop timed exclusivity deals and just assumed that Sony was buying them as a whole but the Starfield part of the rumor was just plain wrong. Although it is possible that Sony could have met with Bethesda and asked if they were open to being acquired and the number might have been too high for Sony and they settled for those timed exclusivity deals instead.

I would have loved to see the reaction of Sony when this news broke because it has been confirmed that they were in talks for a Starfield deal just barely one month ago so it seems that Sony were completely in the dark about a potential MS buyout and Bethesda were just stringing them along.



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shikamaru317 said:
Marth said:
No. Just no. There is absolutely no value for Sony in doing that.

Agreed. If anybody were to buy them, MS would make alot more sense than Sony. A huge portion of Bethesda's fanbase is on PC, and MS puts all of their games on PC from day one now. Microsoft also has a much better relationship with Bethesda, historically speaking. But I highly doubt that anyone is buying Zenimax, they are just too expensive. 

Got it spot on apart from the last part.



I kinda think Microsoft purchased Zenimax just to piss off some people in this thread.



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d21lewis said:
I kinda think Microsoft purchased Zenimax just to piss off some people in this thread.

lol



d21lewis said:
I kinda think Microsoft purchased Zenimax just to piss off some people in this thread.

lol I don't want to point any finger but I think this post by DonFerrari was the trigger:

"But every gen we get MS fans to claim MS will use their money to buy the win in that gen, never happened, never will."



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chakkra said:
d21lewis said:
I kinda think Microsoft purchased Zenimax just to piss off some people in this thread.

lol I don't want to point any finger but I think this post by DonFerrari was the trigger:

"But every gen we get MS fans to claim MS will use their money to buy the win in that gen, never happened, never will."

You think with all these buys Microsoft did they Will win the GEN?



 

ClassicGamingWizzz said:
chakkra said:

lol I don't want to point any finger but I think this post by DonFerrari was the trigger:

"But every gen we get MS fans to claim MS will use their money to buy the win in that gen, never happened, never will."

You think with all these buys Microsoft did they Will win the GEN?

No.

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Thinking about it, it could be possible that MS and Sony were in a bidding war over ZeniMax, which MS won in the end. It would explain how MS ended up paying $7.5b for ZeniMax, when their value was estimated at $2.5b in 2016, and most of the games they have released since then have sold below expectations. Seems to me like a bidding war would be the only thing that could triple ZeniMax’s value in the last 4 years, especially since we didn’t get a new singleplayer Bethesda game (Elder Scrolls, Fallout, or Starfield) during those 4 years.

However, this leaker was clearly bogus. The fact that he said Bethesda had cancelled Starfield secretly in late 2019 and were going full steam ahead on TES 6 instead, proves he was lying. We just had a Starfield screenshot leak yesterday, and Todd Howard just confirmed in an interview that it is still in development, running on a mostly remade build of Creation Engine.



Yeah...I just don't see it.



ironmanDX said:
freebs2 said:

It may be not too outlandish to presume Sony came up with and offer first, then MS learned about it and made a better deal.

It may also explain Nadella's comment about "being open to acquire more companies". Normally you wouldn't do that kind of statement, because that way you may give incentives to other companies to make acquisitions as well. Maybe that comment was intended as a warning.

I would say that it is more likely that Zenimax reached out, made them bid against each other for the best outcome for them, as they should have. Given the timing of the news of amazon's streaming service  too, they were probably involved and would have been keen having Bethesda's catalog exclusive.

The fact that we are questioning whether or not MS will keep all the games to their own platforms or not is an indicator that the best company won. With the other 2, there is no question.

I won't pick sides for which is the best company to own them. But yes, I agree that situation is even mote likely. I wouldn't even rule out Tencent as a potential buyer.