Microsoft is paying $7.5bn (£5.85bn) for Bethesda’s parent ZeniMax Media.

Zenimax is the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, which has created developed hits including The Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein, and Fallout.

Xbox has said that the publisher’s franchises would be added to its Game Pass subscription package for consoles and PCs. This could help make the forthcoming Xbox Series X more attractive than the PlayStation 5 to some players.

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“With the addition of Bethesda, Microsoft will grow from 15 to 23 creative studio teams and will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass,” Microsoft said.

“This includes Microsoft’s intent to bring Bethesda’s future games into Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or PC.”

Both machines are due to launch in November.

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