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Microsoft Company Vault Created Ahead Of Bethesda Acquisition

The company was created to be merged with ZeniMax once the deal has been approved by regulators.


Microsoft appears to be having some fun coming up with division names in the lead-up to its acquisition of Bethesda and its parent company ZeniMax. A new subsidiary at the company will merge with ZeniMax once its upcoming purchase is finalized, and its name, Vault, is a nod to one of Bethesda's best-known series. [Update: Xbox has officially bought Bethesda's parent company, ZeniMax.]

As spotted by Eurogamer, regulator the European Commission published information related to the acquisition, stating that Vault will be "merged with and into ZeniMax."

Microsoft expects the deal to close later this year, though that isn't guaranteed.

The word "into" suggests it will be a part of ZeniMax now, but it would seem to make sense for Vault to be an umbrella company that would handle Bethesda's properties. We don't expect to see the Bethesda name removed from any of its major franchises given its prestige and name recognition, but we're glad to see someone at Microsoft wanted to give a new company you'll probably never hear about again a good name.

The name is, of course, a reference to the Fallout series, which is one of Bethesda's largest franchises. This is especially true in recent years, with the rough Fallout 76 being significantly improved over time. However, Bethesda did not create the series, which began at Interplay in 1997.

Right now, Bethesda Game Studios is working on both Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI.

Other developers within the company are working on the Doom and Wolfenstein franchises as well as GhostWire: Tokyo and Deathloop. Because the deal was agreed upon after contracts had been signed, both of those games will launch on PS5, but not initially on Xbox. Microsoft publishing a game on a Sony platform is a neat novelty, and Sony is doing the same with MLB The Show 21 in just a few months. Moving forward, Bethesda's games will be available on Xbox Game Pass at launch. That means that with a subscription, you won't need to buy a Bethesda game again.

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