Xbox wanted to take over Bethesda years ago. Phil Spencer explains why the decision was made so late

Xbox wanted to take over Bethesda years ago. Phil Spencer explains why the decision was made so late

The head of Xbox talked a little about the behind-the-scenes of the Bethesda takeover. Companies have been thinking about it for a long time, but the decision was made relatively recently.

Microsoft’s purchase of Bethesda is still echoing in the industry today. The transaction aroused and still evokes many emotions. Not surprisingly, Xbox boss Phil Spencer himself referred to the acquisition again.

Spencer revealed that the companies had been thinking about the merger for many years. There were even preliminary talks, but it was decided to wait for the right moment for both giants.

Robert (A. Altman – co-founder of ZeniMax Media and Bethesda Softworks – ed.) And I had talked about it a few years earlier, and about what his journey was like and what the band’s journey was like. So it was a discussion that didn’t come up in a couple of months, it went on for many years. We just finally found the right opportunity for both of us – both economically and from a point of view of where the bands were on their journey.

Phil Spencer told IGN headquarters

The head of Xbox also decided to mention his good friend and co-founder of Bethesda and ZeniMax – Robert A. Altman. Altman died earlier this year shortly after closing the deal.

We’ve been friends for a long time, and I don’t think (Robert – ed) would mind me sharing it. There was a moment when we both looked at each other when this deal was ready to go and we knew we were betting on each other.

He continued

In fact, the beginning of a new generation of consoles is the perfect moment for the merger of two giants of the gaming industry. We will feel the effects of this event over the coming years, and hopefully it will pay off for players as well.