It seems to me that gamers and journalist have trivialized the acquisition of Zenimax. Not only is it an exceptionally large purchase, it is possibly one of the biggest move in gaming. Now, it is easy to be carried away by the silliness of console wars but, I am still a bit shocked that folks are not seeing the issue with this move. Acquisitions like these should not be celebrated, especially when more acquisitions are rumored to be in the pipeline. If the industry continues to move in this direction we are going to have games being controlled and developed by a few major companies. That does not serve gamers interest nor do I see it as a positive move for the industry as a whole.
I blame the obsession with exclusives. Last gen we were starting to see deviations from the number of exclusives in console gaming, which I view as a great thing because it benefits gamers. But, journalists and a loud minority of gamers keep pushing for more exclusives and the great need for them. Well, I hope the future satiate this desire, because don't for a second believe that a large acquisitions such as Zenimax is going to net less exclusives, it is going to do exactly what some have been asking for the past gen, more exclusives. Sony hijacked two games from Xbox for the next year. It would be folly to believe that there isn't going to be a counter to this. As it has been publicly stated by MS, MS doesn't need Zenimax's games to be available on PS5 or Switch to be a viable purchase. Keep in mind, the industry will be losing a multiplatform developer and publisher that is now going to be part of Xbox. In case that isn't clear, that is not good for the industry. That is opposite of what gaming should be heading to, at least from my view.
For now, MS acquisitions aren't as problematic because their games are defaulted on PC, Xbox and Android (streaming). When compared to its competitions is pretty diverse access but that is how it is now. Things can change and like all companies dumb shit can transpire at anytime. I don't expect games to be solely exclusive to services like Game Pass but stupidity has never been a limiting factor for Microsoft, so who knows.🤷♀️
So, do you see these large acquisitions as something good, bad or neutral to gaming?