Bethesda’s head of publishing Pete Hines has announced that he’s retiring from the company after 24 years. Hines, alongside Todd Howard, has been one of the most recognisable faces at Bethesda over the last decade, overseeing the launch of several major titles in The Elder Scrolls and Fallout franchises.
Bethesda recently released a statement confirming that Pete Hines will be stepping down as the company’s head of publishing, though no replacement was mentioned yet. Hines parts ways with the publisher shortly after the release of this year’s Starfield – the first game that he worked on under Xbox’s banner since Microsoft acquired Bethesda and ZeniMax back in 2021.
Hines’ letter to fans regarding his departure from Bethesda reads:
“After 24 years, I have decided my time at Bethesda Softworks has come to an end. I am retiring and will begin an exciting new chapter of my life exploring interests and passions, donating my time where I can, and taking more time to enjoy life. This was not a decision I came to easily or quickly, but after an amazing career, culminating in the incredible launch of Starfield, it feels like the time is right.”
“Working with the amazing people, teams, and studios at Bethesda has been the greatest experience of my life,” Hines added. “I’m incredibly proud of everything we have done together, and I’m genuinely excited to see the amazing things they will create next.”
Bethesda’s own statement praised Hines’ journey at the company:
“Pete’s public presence was only a small part of his role at Bethesda, although the way he represented us carried over into the values he nurtured here: authenticity, integrity and passion. His contributions have been integral in building Bethesda and its family of studios into the world-class organization that it is today. His vision helped push us forward, and his hard work inspired us. We’re thankful for his 24 years of leadership and wish him the best in this next chapter. We’ll miss you, Pete!”