There are only a few things that can truly shake the foundation of the entire gaming industry. Microsoft buying Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media is one of those things. The gigantic game studio and publisher is known for some of the most popular titles in the world including: The Elder Scrolls series, the Fallout series, the Wolfenstein series, DOOM, Quake, Dishonored, and much more. The acquisition was for a cool $7.5 billion. Here are statements from Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox and Pete Hines, VP of PR and Marketing for Bethesda. What could this mean for gaming? Well number one, Bethesda games will now be on Xbox Games Pass. Could this mean that console exclusivity is in the future for franchises like Fallout or Elder Scrolls? It could, but personally I’d be willing to speculate that won’t happen. We’ll have to keep an eye on the news as more trickles out over the next few days.
PlayStation made a pretty big oopsie with the way they handled PS5 pre orders. So much so that they actually had to apologize about it. Retailers were taking pre orders well before the designated time, and people were often getting their pre orders cancelled when those retailers either over sold their stock or realized that those pre orders weren’t legitimate due to timing. Not to mention the bots, bots are evil. It was a mess. To top it all off, the digital version of the PS5 appears to have significantly less stock available than its more expensive cousin. Those looking to preorder the digital edition of the console are in for a rough ride. Tom Phillips at EuroGamer has the story on that.