The ramifications of the Microsoft acquisition of Zenimax, parent company of Bethesda, for 7.5 Billion Dollars is still reverberating throughout the industry. We still do not know the full picture of what this means for Xbox or Bethesda, but we do know that Xbox will soon have ownership of all the incredible IP under the Bethesda umbrella.
Bethesda founder Christopher Weaver, who left the company more than a decade ago and is therefore able to speak freely on the deal, made some interesting comments to Inverse.com. Weaver was asked various questions in the article relating to the Xbox-Bethesda merger and made some incredibly telling comments about what this meant for the company he founded.
The most interesting comment he made was in a question asking about the software arms race of purchasing studios and overall consolidation in the industry. Weaver had this to say, “I do not think it is any 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”.
This is him essentially saying that Microsoft purchased Bethesda to bolster their own first party lineup and weaken what Sony is able to do. He also seemed to believe it was strategic timing to announce the deal a mere few days after the PS5 pre order and price announcement.
Weaver also compared the acquisition of Bethesda to Bungie in the early days of Xbox, saying “The acquisition of Bungie acted as an important trigger for the success of the early Xbox. Depending upon how soon Bethesda can prime the Microsoft pipeline, I suspect Microsoft is looking at their playbook and looking to repeat one of its “best moves.” If the strategy works, it will be a brilliant counter-move against Sony.”
The thoughts provided by Chris Weaver were incredibly insightful and fascinating. Make sure to check out the entire interview for all the insight he provided, and stay tuned to XboxEra for more on the Bethesda deal as more is released.