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Microsoft has brought onto the team the most accomplished studios in gaming history, who are under the parental wings of ZeniMax Media. Bethesda Softworks includes 2,300 people who are working to give birth to the wonderful games with a million fans at their base, around the world. Microsoft has spent $7.5 billion in cash to acquire Bethesda Softworks, the company responsible for Doom, Fallout, and more. 

The acquisition also means that earlier released Bethesda games are coming to Xbox Game Pass on consoles and PCs, as well as all the upcoming games like the space epic, Starfield. Microsoft will bring it into the Xbox Game Pass stable the day it launches on Xbox and PC.

The deal has been made with good intentions. It seems like Microsoft and Bethesda have had collaborative relations since both companies are storming the game industry. 

As a proven game developer and publisher, Bethesda has seen success across every category of games, and together, we will further our ambition to empower the more than three billion gamers worldwide,” said Satya Nadella, CEO at Microsoft.

However, the fact of the deal doesn’t cancel the two Bethesda games that are coming to PlayStation 5 and PC as exclusives: Arkane’s Deathloop and the Tango Gameworks title Ghostwire: Tokyo. Xbox’s CEO Phil Spencer has already commented on that, saying that Microsoft will carry those projects as their own child but further games will come to non-Xbox platforms on a “case-by-case basis”.

November 10 is the date when Microsoft will launch its next-gen consoles, but preorders are available right now. Many thanks to PCMag for the preorder information. Read the list below and find your region:

Xbox Series X and Series S

  • United States: Microsoft Store, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club, Newegg, and other participating retailers.
  • Canada: Microsoft Store, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, EB Games, The Source, and other participating retailers.
  • UK: Microsoft Store, GAME, Amazon, Dixons, Currys PC World, Argos, John Lewis, Smyths Toys, and other participating retailers.
  • Australia: Microsoft Store, JB Hifi, EB Games, Telstra, Harvey Norman, and other participating retailers.
  • New Zealand: Microsoft Store, JB HiFi, EB Games, Spark, and other participating retailers.
  • Europe, the Middle East, and Africa: Microsoft Store, Amazon, MediaMarkt, GameStop, FNAC, Elkjøp/Elgiganten, and other participating retailers. 

Retailers and availability may differ by country.

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