Industry legend Todd Howard recently got the chance to discuss the entire history of his video game career right up until the release of Starfield. He goes through Bethesda's many milestones over the years and also shares some extra insight about all of the projects he's worked on.
One segment, focused on the 2002 game The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, sheds light on just how significant this release was at the time. And in case you did forget or weren't aware of just how much of an impact it had on Bethesda, Todd sums up this "huge success" as the reason the company is still around today:
Todd Howard: "If we go back to the year 2000, Microsoft is thinking about creating the Xbox and technically it was great for us, it's a very PC-styled console, it has a hard drive, so many things that we would be looking for in a console, and the big question was, how do we translate the controls and all of those things? Fortunately, we are all here today because this game was a huge success, I was stunned, obviously, it did well on the PC but on Xbox at the time it became the second best-selling game behind Halo."
Todd's retelling of his career happens to line up with the original Xbox's 22nd anniversary. Yes, believe it or not, but Xbox has now been around for over two decades! Bethesda has pretty much been with Microsoft since the beginning of the brand's origins as well thanks to the release of Morrowind.
Now it's come full circle, with Microsoft acquiring Bethesda and parent company ZeniMax Media in 2021 and most recently releasing the space RPG Starfield, which has had a huge amount of success setting Game Pass records and becoming Bethesda's biggest game launch of all time.
If all of this has got you wanting to relive the glory days of Morrowind and Bethesda's many other classics, the games featured in the above video are available on Xbox's digital store and can also be played via Game Pass.