Last week bought Microsoft Zenimax Media, owner of, among others, the game publisher Bethesda Softworks, which is involved in major game series such as The Elder Scrolls and Fallout. Now Bethesda’s founder, Christopher Weaver, has said what he thinks the purchase means for the future in an interview with Inverse.
Christopher Weaver left Bethesda Softworks in 2002 and owned 33 percent of the company in 2007. Today, he says he owns a pittance of the company but is still interested in the developer’s future. In 2002, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind was also an exclusive game for Microsoft and Christopher Weaver says that at the time they had an excellent collaboration.
According to Weaver, the advantage of the deal for Bethesda is that they can now concentrate their development solely on software for Microsoft products. Regarding the development of future games such as “The Elder Scrolls VI” and “Starfield”, he believes Microsoft will let Bethesda remain Bethesda while saying that “I have never met a manager who does not want to try to increase sales”.
He also believes that the price of approximately SEK 66 billion was reasonable for Zenimax Media and that Microsoft’s goal with Bethesda is to recreate what the company previously did with Bungie and Halo, which was released for the first Xbox. Christopher Weaver also states that “what Microsoft owns, Sony can not get” and suggests that console exclusivity is to be expected in the future.