Wow, this is a bit of a bombshell! Head of Publishing at Bethesda, Pete Hines, is officially leaving the company following the huge launch of Starfield. Yep, Hines has been a prominent public figure at Bethesda for more than two decades, but the exec has decided it's time to retire just two and a half years after the company was bought out by Microsoft.
To sum things up, Hines felt that this was a good time to part ways with Bethesda after launching the first new BGS IP in decades - that being Starfield of course. Here's his statement in full, posted to Twitter:
This surprising news lands during an extremely busy time for Xbox. The team has just announced its acquisition of Activision Blizzard after almost two years of regulatory stalemate, with Microsoft now working on integrating the Call of Duty owner into its Xbox operations. The firm will now have to seek out a new Head of Publishing at Bethesda as well, following Pete Hines' departure.