Bethesda founder Christopher Weaver, who no longer works in the gaming industry and describes himself as “more academic” with “a small fraction of the stock” at Bethesda’s parent company, Zenimax Media, discussed the company’s sale to Microsoft for $ 7.5 billion in an interview with Inverse.
To the question of what Bethesda could mean for the games in development Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6, he answered, “I have yet to meet an executive who does not want to accelerate the sale of a potential product. The trick is to keep those administrators at bay until a product is truly ready for prime time. Bethesda has been producing commercial software for a very long time. I have to believe Microsoft execs will be responsive to Bethesda’s input.”
Saying, “I was close to key members of the original Xbox development team and shared many thoughts on what their next-generation consoles could bring to the game,” Weaver described the relationship between Bethesda and Microsoft as excellent during Morrowind’s Xbox release and he describes Microsoft’s purchase of Bungie and other studios as prescient.
When asked if Bethesda believes that future games will eventually become Xbox exclusive, “I do not think it is an accident that this announcement occurred so close to Sony’s PS5 announcement. There are only a limited number of proven creators of AAA. What Microsoft owns, Sony cannot get.”, Weaver said.