ZeniMax Media is now owned by Microsoft, hands up if you saw that coming! If it had been EA or ActiBlizz my first concern would be that the smaller studios were likely to be gutted and sold on for parts to make the most overpaid CEOs in gaming a bit more coin. Thankfully Microsoft in recent years doesn’t have the worst track record for video games (A lot of the major talent had already moved on from Rare and Lionhead before the decline) What does that mean for Bethesda and the various studios under the ZeniMax umbrella? Hopefully it means that the employees jobs will remain secure and we can see some interesting use of existing IPs. If this means Fallout New Vegas 2 is on the table then that’s a silver lining at least. As we slide towards a Syndicate / Cyberpunk dystopia where a few corps own everything, lets have a look at a few concepts for the new Series consoles Microsoft could potentially sell without paying for the IPs. I’ve taken out the tablet, downloaded a ton of press pack images and you can see the results below…
Arkane Studios – Dishonored
MachineGames – Wolfenstein
ZeniMax Online Studios – The Elder Scrolls Online
Bethesda Game Studios – Fallout 76
id – Quake
Sadly I ran out of time before I could finish a console for Tango Gameworks but imagined it would be a fantastic death-trap inspired The Evil Within console. Alpha Dog Games would have a Series S in the style of Wraithborne and Roundhouse Studios would of course power a full Series X with Rune.
What do you think?
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