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.