Bethesda Founder Comments on Microsoft’s Acquisition of the Publisher
In a recent interview, the Bethesda founder commented on Microsoft's acquisition of the publisher and about the future of next-gen consoles.
In an interview with Inverse, Bethesda founder Christopher Weaver comments on Microsoft’s recent acquisition of the publisher and provides his thoughts on the next-gen consoles.
“I think this is an extremely interesting acquisition on the part of both groups,” said Weaver. “Microsoft deepens their bench instantly with one of the most experienced companies in entertainment software (during a time when video game sales are at an all-time high), and Bethesda gets the benefit of concentrating their creative firepower on software that feeds the Microsoft pipelines. A good prospective marriage of interests with a large domestic public partner.”
When asked if he thinks the acquisition will influence upcoming games like Starfield and Elder Scrolls VI, Weaver said he thinks Microsoft understands that Bethesda knows how to make quality titles. He adds that the key to making great products is to keep executives away until the game is ready to be released. Additionally, he says he’s yet to meet an executive who wants to get a game out sooner because of sales.
“I do not think the elimination of the disc drive will prove to be overly material,” continues Weaver. “Both 9th generation consoles will have increased processing capability and SSDs. Once people get used to this short-term perceived limitation, they will realize a dramatic increase in reliability and responsiveness. High-speed internet will provide the bridge.”
Before preorders for the Xbox Series X and Series S went up, Microsoft announced their purchase of Zenimax Media and Bethesda. This is a major shakeup in the games industry, with developers like id Software, Arkane, and Bethesda Game Studios being an Xbox first-party studio. Bethesda’s Todd Howard added that both Starfield and Elder Scrolls VI are being developed on new versions of their game engine. Additionally, Bethesda’s Pete Hines has commented saying they’ll still publish their own games and still may come to other consoles.
As more news comes out about Bethesda’s upcoming titles and their relationship with Xbox, we’ll be sure to let you know.