Ever since Microsoft purchased Bethesda and the rights to its vast library of popular franchises earlier this year, PlayStation fans have been nervously waiting for an update on what that means for them. Will future entries in series like The Elder Scrolls and Fallout remain exclusively on Xbox Series X/S, or will the PlayStation 5 also offer a home for them?
It's fair to say the message has been fairly mixed thus far. Xbox boss Phil Spencer and Bethesda's Todd Howard have offered everything from vague reassurances to "guess we'll sees" over the last few months. The only thing that remains clear is that we have no idea what is going on, which does lead me to believe Microsoft and Bethesda are still trying to work out the best way to proceed.
But there's some good news on that subject. As reported by VGC, Xbox CFO Tim Stuart has said that future Bethesda games will come to other platforms (PlayStation 5), but that they'll either release "first" or "better" on Xbox and PC. Stuart's comments come after speaking at the Jefferies Interactive Entertainment, which took place last week.
"What we'll do in the long run is we don't have intentions of just pulling all of Bethesda content out of Sony or Nintendo or otherwise," Stuart said (as transcribed by Seeking Alpha).
"But what we want is we want that content, in the long run, to be either first or better or best or pick your differentiated experience, on our platforms. We will want Bethesda content to show up the best on our platforms. Yes. That's not a point about being exclusive. But if you think about something like Game Pass, if it shows up best in Game Pass, that's what we want to see, and we want to drive our Game Pass subscriber base through that Bethesda pipeline."
"So again, I'm not announcing pulling content from platforms one way or the other," Stuart finished. "But I suspect you'll continue to see us shift towards a first or better or best approach on our platforms."
Stuarts comments echo a recent interview with Spencer, during which he said that Microsoft doesn't need to put games like The Elder Scrolls VI on PS5, but that to pull it from the console would be against what Xbox is trying to do this generation.
"I don't want to be flip about that," he explained to Kotaku. "This deal was not done to take games away from another player base like that. Nowhere in the documentation that we put together was: 'How do we keep other players from playing these games?' We want more people to be able to play games, not fewer people to be able to go play games."
While this can't be taken as outright confirmation that The Elder Scrolls VI is definitely coming to PS5, it's certainly looking like that's the way the wind is blowing. Let's just wait and see where Microsoft takes things from here, eh?
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