Branching Narratives: Pete Hines on the Earliest Days of Bethesda and Lessons From Fallout 76

Branching Narratives: Pete Hines on the Earliest Days of Bethesda and Lessons From Fallout 76

Bethesda's Vice President of Global Marketing talks about how Morrowind kept Bethesda in business, the initial Fallout deal, and much more.

In Episode 3 of Branching Narratives, Jeff talks with Pete Hines, Senior VP of Global Marketing and Communications at Bethesda, who graciously calls in from his vacation to spill all the beans about Starfield and the next Elder Scrolls game. Just kidding! Seriously, he does not do that! [Download Link Here]

What he does do is share his experiences and memories of the past 20 years at Bethesda, as the company rose from small, independent studio to a global publishing giant. Pete and Jeff dig into the evolution of game dev and marketing from the pre-internet days to now, how companies are getting anything done at all during the pandemic, the joys and headaches of engaging with fans, and why Pete can never, ever tell his kids what Bethesda is up to. (So don't ask them about Elder Scrolls 6 either.)

You can read our reviews of Doom Eternal and Fallout 76 Wastelanders here. You can listen to our first two episodes with guests Austin Walker and Samantha Kalman right here.

About the Show

Branching Narratives is a show dedicated to meeting the most interesting people in the games industry. It's hosted by veteran gaming personality Jeff Green, who in the course of his long career has served as Editor-in-Chief of Computer Gaming World, hosted the popular podcast GFW Radio, and co-founded the gaming consultancy Min/Max. Over the course of seven weekly episodes, Jeff will welcome a rotating cast of game developers, influencers, journalists, and executives for frank conversations about how they got into video games, the state of the industry, and more.

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