Microsoft made Todd Howard his own game with a special achievement worth 1,000 Gamerscore

By Sean Carey,
There's one achievement out there that only one person in the entire world has popped, and that's Head of Bethesda, Todd Howard. Microsoft previously made Howard a special game, which only he has access to, that unlocks an achievement worth 1,000 Gamerscore as soon as the game's opened. How's that for an easy completion?

Todd Howard

Microsoft announced earlier today that it had acquired Bethesda along with all of its IP. In a blog post from Head of Bethesda Game Studios, Todd Howard shared details of Bethesda and Microsoft's close working relationship over the years. Howard mentions how he has been humbled by the numerous industry awards he's won and tells an amusing anecdote of when he won the Lifetime Achievement Award at GDC 2016. "I joked in my acceptance "I wonder how many achievement points this one is worth?" At the end of the ceremony, some good friends from Microsoft congratulated me and said they'd find out.

"A few months later, I was given a code to a game they had created, named after me and locked to my account. When ran, it unlocks a single achievement - "Lifetime - 1000pts." It still sits in my list when I check, and I smile every time."

There you have it. Microsoft made Todd Howard his very own game with his very own achievement worth 1,000 Gamerscore (does this go against TA rules? I don't think we have favouritism covered). While it could be considered a rather quick and easy completion in terms of just firing up the game, winning a lifetime achievement award from GDC is certainly going to require a few thousand hours worth of work, which probably makes it the hardest ever achievement to unlock. Unfortunately, we haven't been able to track down anything about the game or achievement; if we do, we'll let you know.

Thanks to Zetenge for the news tip.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey, I’m Sean! I joined both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies as a staff writer in 2019. I’m a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid series and love a good narrative adventure. Most evenings you’ll find me failing to get a win in Call of Duty: Warzone.