I respectfully disagree.When that deal was done, the biggest get IMO was everyone except BGS. They have created some awesome worlds to explore but in terms of RPG gameplay and story, not even in the top 10.
BGS WAS the reason they got Bethesda.
The Elder Scrolls, Fallout and soon Starfield are franchises thar are much much much more valuable thany any other IP or studio that was included in this deal.
Just go back in that acquisition thread, or look around still today how many people were crying about the fact that their favorite franchise nolonger exists on Sony. That copium was hard to swallow, harder than anything in the past decade.
Theres still lots of people who are in denial a year later.
Phil isn't stupid. He probably got a demo for Starfield by Todd and maybe got to see some early work on TES 6 aswell, he knows these games will move Gamepass sales and evem xbox's.
And the cherry on top is all the rest, Id, arkane, tango, machine and all the rest.
Hell back in 2002 Morrowind was the 2nd best selling console game on xbox, right after Halo 1...Microsofts best selling franchise to date.
Oblivion was one of the most sold games early in Gen 8.
Skyrim was one of the most sold games ever and sold 20+ million copies on launch day if I remember correctly with the only game outselling it being Modern Warfare 2.
They all won hundreds of game of the year awards.
Downplaying the fact that TES and Fallout are one of the biggest if not the biggest western IPs is just crazy.
Not even a Spiderman or Naughty Dog game is that popular/sells that many consoles no matter how you think of the quality of these games.