Ever since Microsoft made the game-changing move of buying ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda, gamers have been wanting to know what this means for exclusivity. Games from series including Fallout and The Elder Scrolls now belong to Microsoft, with players wondering if that means games like The Elder Scrolls 6 won’t come to PlayStation.
Upcoming games like Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo already have PS5 timed-exclusivity deals in place. Microsoft has stated that these previous deal will be honoured, but the rest of its new catalogue has a less-certain future.
With the launch of the PS5, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has been doing the media rounds discussing both the launch and the future of the console.
During an interview with Russian media outlet TASS [via VGC], Jim Ryan was asked whether he believes that The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield will still be coming to the PS5, and the answer didn’t sound hopeful.
When quizzed about The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield, Jim Ryan said: “That’s a decision that is out of our hands, we’ll wait and see what happens. I look forward to learning about that.”
“We respect the steps taken by our competition, they seem logical and sensible,” added Ryan. “But we’re equally happy and confident; we’ve got a better launch line-up than we’ve ever had at any of our console launches.”
Other franchises that fall under the Bethesda umbrella (which are now essentially Xbox first-party titles) include DOOM, Wolfenstein, The Evil Within, The Elder Scrolls Online, Dishonored and Prey.
In my personal opinion I believe the reason that Microsoft is being deliberately vague when speaking about Bethesda console exclusivity is that they’re waiting to see how they perform in the new “console war”.
If Microsoft knocks it out of the park with console sales when competing with PlayStation, I believe that it’s more likely that most games will remain multiplatform.
However if Microsoft vastly underperforms, they might very well horde the Bethesda titles as exclusives in an attempt to claw back sales and why wouldn’t they? After all, Microsoft purchased ZeniMax Media in a $7.5 billion deal.
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