At E3 2021, Bethes­da announced that Starfield is going to be exclu­sive to Xbox and PC when it launch­es in 2022. This brought an end to the spec­u­la­tions about what con­soles it would release on after Microsoft acquired ZeniMax/Bethesda. Todd Howard, game direc­tor at Bethes­da, has talked a bit more about the exclu­siv­i­ty deal, while allud­ing to the pos­si­bil­i­ty of Starfield becom­ing avail­able “for every­body” in the future.

Howard stat­ed being able to focus on exclu­sive­ly Xbox and PC is in the best inter­est of Starfield. How­ev­er, he also feels for PlaySta­tion users who will miss out. 

You don’t ever want to leave peo­ple out, right?” he told The Tele­graph. “But at the end of the day, your abil­i­ty to focus and say, this is the game I want to make, these are the plat­forms I want to make it on, and being able to real­ly lean in on those is going to make for a bet­ter product.”

Howard added that Bethes­da is a “big believ­er” in Microsoft­’s ambi­tion to expand the Xbox brand through TV man­u­fac­tur­er part­ner­ships, stream­ing, and Game Pass.

So I think it’s about tak­ing a long term view. And our belief that those things are real­ly fun­da­men­tal­ly good. So we see it actu­al­ly open­ing up more and more and more so that peo­ple’s abil­i­ty to play our games–via GamePass and oth­er things–their abil­i­ty to play our games does­n’t go down. It goes up dramatically.

Howard was asked if he had any regrets about Starfield­’s absence from the PlaySta­tion com­mu­ni­ty, he choose his word carefully.

Well, we’re still…I will just say I want every­body to have the abil­i­ty to play it in some fashion.”

This is an inter­est­ing quote. It could indi­cate that a Starfield might become avail­able to oth­er plat­forms, but it’s still a mys­tery if this is the case. Howard could also be refer­ring to the game com­ing to stream­ing.

In oth­er Starfield news, fans think they have spot­ted a clue to the next Elder Scrolls game with­in the trail­er released dur­ing the Xbox and Bethes­da showcase.