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Bethesda Exec Pete Hines Leaving Firm After 24 Years

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Pete Hines stands in front of a navy blue background.

Photograph: Christian Petersen (Getty Pictures)

Bethesda publishing head Pete Hines is retiring from the Starfield developer after 24 years, he announced on Twitter (or X) on October 16. Hines’ determination comes just a few days after Microsoft, which owns Bethesda Sport Studios, was rubber-stamped to finish its $69 billion Activision Blizzard purchase.

“I […] will start an thrilling new chapter of my life exploring pursuits and passions, donating my time the place I can, and taking extra time to get pleasure from life,” Hines wrote. “This was not a call I got here to simply or rapidly, however after a tremendous profession, culminating within the unbelievable launch of Starfield, it feels just like the time is correct.”

“That is actually not goodbye by any means,” Hines continued. “Working with the superb individuals, groups, and studios at Bethesda has been the best expertise of my life. […] Love you guys.” Kotaku reached out to Hines for remark.

Bethesda was equally gushing in its own Twitter announcement post, saying “Pete’s public presence was solely a small a part of his position at Bethesda, though the way in which he represented us carried over into the values he nurtured right here: authenticity, integrity, and fervour.” Later, the developer posted a doctor’s note addressed to Hines (up to now, he’s appreciated pardoning avid gamers from work throughout an enormous Bethesda launch cycle), prescribing him “a lot of gaming, devoting care and affection to foster pups, […] and naturally…extra video games!” It’s an attention-grabbing therapy plan, however it looks like it might work for Hines, who sunk 130 hours into Starfield earlier this yr.