After months of “they will, they won’t” speculation, Microsoft and Bethesda have confirmed that the next Starfield RPG will be exclusive to Xbox Series X/S and PC. And while that can be frustrating for PlayStation owners, Bethesda’s longtime head of marketing Pete Hines says he understands it’s disappointing and has apologized.
“If you are a big fan of the things we do and a game we are making is no longer available on your platform, then I completely understand that you are unhappy or annoyed. I see, These are real feelings and disappointments.” Hines said in an interview with GameSpot.
Hines said, “I don’t know why, other than allaying the fears and concerns of PlayStation 5 fans, ‘Well, I’m also a PlayStation 5 player. play on it. But what if you want to play Starfield? PC and Xbox.”
“Sorry, all I can really say is, ‘I’m sorry,’ because I’m sure it’s frustrating for people, but there’s not much I can do about it.”
I am not apologizing for the specificity.
I don’t “have” to do anything.
Some of our fans are angry/angry, and I’m sorry they are. It’s not wrong or weird. It is accepting how they feel.
That’s all. That’s my whole thing.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) June 16, 2021
Starfield is Bethesda’s first original RPG in 25 years. Director Todd Howard described him as ‘Skyrim in space’, although he emphasized that his sci-fi brand would be based on reality.
Bethesda has been a cross-platform developer, although its games generally run better on PC. But following the blockbuster acquisition, in which Microsoft bought ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion, there were doubts about whether all future ZeniMax games would be Xbox and PC exclusive.
The E3 press conference at least indicated that any new titles in development, whether Starfield from Bethesda or Redfall from Arkane, will come exclusively to the Microsoft platform.
Most of the Microsoft and Bethesda press conferences relied heavily on Xbox exclusives that would also arrive on Xbox Game Pass on day one. And it looks like Xbox will take advantage of exclusives to bring its next-generation gaming experience to PCs, smart TVs, cell phones, and even older Xbox Ones.
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*Translated by Nicole Pereira