Microsoft buys Zenimax Media for $7.5B

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Re: Microsoft buys Zenimax Media for $7.5B

Postby Gez » Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:02 am

This reminds me of Frontier: First Encounters, a game so unfinished that it basically killed off GameTek.

Still it received much-needed patches and it ended up being quite good once all the worst bugs and most frequent crashes were fixed. I remember they even had an advertising campaign about it showing a cartoon bug squashed by a box of the game, telling that the game was fine now. With just a few more months of development they could have avoided the disastrous PR of releasing a rushed game.

Anyways all that to say that even in the old days, when a game sucked, it didn't necessarily suck forever. However you couldn't expect continued support for too long unless selling expansion packs after expansion packs -- and with the rapid evolution of technology back then, that was not necessarily a good idea anyway.
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Re: Microsoft buys Zenimax Media for $7.5B

Postby sinisterseed » Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:07 am

And whether we like it or not, sometimes there truly can be a "too much of a good thing".
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Re: Microsoft buys Zenimax Media for $7.5B

Postby NotDoom » Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:52 pm

No more doom for playstation and Switch.
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Re: Microsoft buys Zenimax Media for $7.5B

Postby wildweasel » Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:58 pm

NotDoom wrote:No more doom for playstation and Switch.

Have you been paying attention to the fact that Minecraft is very much still available for playstation and switch?
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Re: Microsoft buys Zenimax Media for $7.5B

Postby Chris » Tue Sep 22, 2020 5:23 pm

Ori and the Will of the Wisps just got released on Switch, too.
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Re: Microsoft buys Zenimax Media for $7.5B

Postby Kinsie » Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:36 pm

Official word is that releases outside of Xbox and PC will be "on a case-by-case basis", but Microsoft has a pretty long and cozy relationship with Nintendo so don't expect Switch ports to suddenly dry up. PlayStation releases outside of Zenimax's current timed-exclusivity obligations with Deathloop and Ghostwire Tokyo are, of course, uncertain.
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Re: Microsoft buys Zenimax Media for $7.5B

Postby scalliano » Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:07 am

Cuphead released on PS4 just last month.

Granted, it took 3 years, but patience is its own reward. Especially when you're trying to buy the new consoles...
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Re: Microsoft buys Zenimax Media for $7.5B

Postby Redneckerz » Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:33 pm

Not necessarily the worst thing to happen, atleast not for Microsoft. They show they want to play the next-gen game seriously.

As for exclusivity, similar. PC users likely won't be affected due to Microsoft's support everywhere nature.

I fully expect the few PS exclusives (Ghostwire/Deathloop) to appear on Xbox within a year, however.
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