Microsoft announced its intention to acquire parent company Bethesda ZeniMax in September last year. For the time being, they are still in the process of getting permission to take ZeniMax’s hand in corporate marriage from all necessary legal and legislative bodies and all. As part of that process, Microsoft is apparently planning to create a new company called “Vault” with which ZeniMax will be merged. But unlike initial reports (including ours), the cute name is only temporary.
The name appears in a notice to the European Commission, whose permission Microsoft has asked to continue with their planned $ 7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax and its subsidiaries, including Bethesda Game Studios, iD Software, Arkane and others.
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However, in the middle of today’s hubbub, the people of UESP pointed out that another archive from January makes it clear that the name will not stick. “Following this merger, Vault will cease to exist, and ZeniMax will survive, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft,” it said. So Vault will be vaulted, lost as so many vaulters trapped in strange experiments.
Right after the original purchase announcement, Microsoft confirmed that they intend to respect the planned PS5 timed exclusivity for Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo. They have also said they want to buy more studios, making them one of the giant companies that are eating up gaming studios and further consolidating the gaming industry.