May 22, 2022

Here’s What Bethesda’s Founder Thinks of Microsoft’s Acquisition

After Xbox acquired Bethesda, many wondered what on Earth was going to happen with games like Fallout and The Elder Scrolls. Thankfully, somebody out there has a slight insight

Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Bethesda caused a massive stir in the industry.

What would it mean for Bethesda games on PlayStation? Will the next Elder Scrolls be an Xbox exclusive? And what’s next for Xbox?

To get a look at the acquisition from the other side of the fence, Inverse recently had an interview with Bethesda founder, Christopher Weaver.

The interview had Weaver talk about the industry, and how the acquisition will affect Xbox, Bethesda, and PlayStation. Games like Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI are already in production.

Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, DOOM, Wolfenstein, and more are now a part of the Microsoft family of owned IPs

Weaver left Bethesda back in 2002. However, he is still a stockholder in the company. Admittedly it’s only a “pittance” of what he used to own.

The interview can be summed up with the following statement;

“What Microsoft owns, Sony cannot get”.

Which is telling enough. This was in relation to Inverse asking if Sony and Microsoft’s recent acquisitions of various studios is good or bad for the industry. Weaver continued, adding;

“There are only a limited number of proven creators of AAA. There are many economies of scale that consolidation between the right partners has the capacity to provide. But the ultimate test will be evidenced by the quality of products produced over time”.

What the future will hold for Bethesda games is as yet unknown. However, it is an interesting take, especially consider other recent news.


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