Peter Hines, one of the leading executives behind it Elder Scrolls, Stand outAnd Starfield, developer Bethesda is leaving after 24 years with the company. Hines, who was most recently the developer’s publishing director and senior vice president, said the decision wasn’t easy, but now is the right time Starfield‘s start.
Starfield, a massive action role-playing game Howard described as “Skyrim in Space” launched on September 6th to great success and was the company’s “first new universe” of the year over 25 years. Hines says he plans to spend his time “exploring interests and passions, giving time where I can, and taking more time to enjoy life.”
Bethesda is part of Microsoft, which completed its $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard last week.
Hines – along with game director Todd Howard – has long been a visible face for the company’s massive franchises Stand out. In addition to interviews, conference appearances and press events, Hines has also been active on social media, including doing stunts like Writing fake doctor’s notes before Starfieldcourtesy of “Uncle Pete.”
Bethesda released a short statement about Hines’ departure. “Pete’s public presence was only a small part of his role at Bethesda, although the way he represented us reflected the values he upheld here: authenticity, integrity and passion. His contributions have been instrumental in making Bethesda and its family of studios the world-class organization it is today.”
Hines is the second longtime gaming industry executive to retire this month, joining Unity CEO John Riccitiello.