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Microsoft paid $7.5 billion in cash for ZeniMax Media and Bethesda Softworks’s incredible network of game studios, but as you might imagine, that’s chump change for the world’s reigning software company. In an interview with CNET, Satya Nadella admitted that he was considering buying even more gaming giants to strengthen the Xbox brand, which received a serious steroid injection yesterday thanks to the addition of Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios.

“You can’t wake up one day and say, ‘Let me build a game studio,'” Nadella told CNET after news of the shocking acquisition hit the web. “The idea of having content is so we can reach larger communities.”

“Content is just the incredible ingredient to our platform that we continue to invest in,” Xbox head Phil Spencer added in the same interview. “This doubles the size of our creative organization.”

This is the part where we spin in our chairs and brainstorm random developers that Microsoft might be buying next. Bungie recently suggested that it had no interest in rejoining its previous family, so Halo’s original architects are probably out of the equation, but what about…uh…Sega?

That idea has actually been making the rounds on social media based on some very weak evidence (check the tweet below), but Microsoft does have an interesting history with the Japanese developer. If you’ll remember, the Dreamcast actually supported Windows CE to some degree. There were also buyout rumors going as far back as the PlayStation 2 era, when Sega was being crushed by Sony.

Sega’s consumer studios currently comprise CS1 R&D, CS2 R&D, and Online R&D. These aren’t the most memorable names, but they’ve been responsible for some pretty cool games as of late, such as the Yakuza, Monkey Ball, and Valkyria Chronicles series. With Microsoft’s cash, maybe we would finally get new, genuine sequels to classics such as Panzer Dragoon and Virtual Fighter.

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6 Comments

  1. Their JRPG catalogue is lacking, how much are Sega (who also own Atlus) and Square Enix valued at these days?

  2. [QUOTE=”SeymourGore, post: 18851, member: 158″]
    Their JRPG catalogue is lacking, how much are Sega (who also own Atlus) and Square Enix valued at these days?
    [/QUOTE]
    Sega is $2.5B USD and Square-Enix is $6.5B.
    [QUOTE=”northrop, post: 18860, member: 15″]
    What about Relic? They are already working on Age of Empires IV, so it would make sense, and would also pick up Warhammer 40k in the process.
    [/QUOTE]
    Relic is owned by THQ.

  3. I think their JRPG library is lite because no one in Japan likes the XB infrastructure.

    That doesn’t mean that only Japanese folks play JRPGs, but you tend to cater to your market.

    [URL unfurl=”true”]https://www.gamerevolution.com/news/631985-japan-xbox-one-sales-fall-under-50-consoles-per-week#:~:text=The%20Xbox%20One%20has%20only,platform%20debuted%20in%20early%202017[/URL].

  4. [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 18922, member: 96″]
    I think their JRPG library is lite because no one in Japan likes the XB infrastructure.

    That doesn’t mean that only Japanese folks play JRPGs, but you tend to cater to your market.

    [URL unfurl=”true”]https://www.gamerevolution.com/news/631985-japan-xbox-one-sales-fall-under-50-consoles-per-week#:~:text=The%20Xbox%20One%20has%20only,platform%20debuted%20in%20early%202017[/URL].
    [/QUOTE]
    I am one of those people who still prefer Japanese role-playing games to Western and would love to see more on Xbox. The Xbox 360 actually had quite a few good ones on it like Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey.

  5. I want ms to buy Activision blizzard so bad. I don’t know if it would be bad or good but everyone’s heads exploding would be glorious. 😉

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