Bethesda Softworks founder Christopher Weaver–who no longer works at the game company–has shared his thoughts on Microsoft’s $7.5 billion buyout of Bethesda and its parent company ZeniMax. Speaking to Inverse, Weaver said he sees Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda as being similar to the company’s buyout of Bungie.
Microsoft famously acquired Bungie in 2000, and its new game, Halo: Combat Evolved, proved to be a very big success and has since become synonymous with Xbox. Bungie and Microsoft later split, but Halo remains one of Microsoft’s crown jewels.
If Microsoft can successfully integrate Bethesda into Microsoft, this could be a “brilliant counter-move against Sony,” Weaver said of the longstanding rivalry between the two companies.