Sabotaging Rune II in order to save "The Elder Scrolls" reads like delusions of grandeur; a quick Google of this game shows me it was never in contention. Unlike Titanfall 2, which was publically and deliberately setup to fail by its publisher, I can't really see much in the way of deliberate action indicating Bethesda wanted this game to fail. It's not like it was launching two weeks before or after Skyrim; the two games are years removed. Bethesda's actions with Human Head Studio are a different topic. As always, I'll wait for the courts to decide who's guilty of what.