ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Online Studios.
Microsoft made the announcement on September 21 that it had acquired ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Online Studios. This acquisition effectively brought franchises like Fallout, Doom, Dishonored, Wolfenstein, and of course, The Elder Scrolls, under the Xbox umbrella leaving many to speculate what might happen for the PlayStation side of these games. While not much is known across the board, ZOS said today that ESO will remain on PS4.
"By now I am sure that most of you have heard the exciting news: ZeniMax Media (the parent company of ZeniMax Online Studios) has signed a deal to be acquired by Microsoft, including Bethesda Softworks and all of its studios, including ZOS," ZeniMax Online Studios director Matt Firor said in a statement released on Twitter. "I want to take this moment to reassure the entire Elder Scrolls Online community that ESO will continue to be supported exactly as it was, and we fully expect it to keep growing and thriving on each of the platforms that are currently supported."
Firor continued on and said he's excited to see how Microsoft and ZOS can work together to make ESO an even better game for everyone before thanking fans for the continued support over the years.
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ZOS did announce last month, before the acquisition, that it was planning a free upgrade for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 so hopefully PlayStation players will be able to continue their ESO journeys on their new next-gen console. ESO will likely be playable as a PS4 game on the PlayStation 5 considering 99% of PS4 titles will be playable on PS5 as well, despite the planned free upgrade.
If you're looking to preorder an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S in light of the Microsoft acquisition news, check out our guide for where and when to preorder these consoles and then read how it will likely be years from now when we hear about The Elder Scrolls 6 again.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.