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Bethesda apologizes for Starfield's Xbox exclusivity

Bethesda apologizes for Starfield’s Xbox exclusivity

After months of “they won’t” speculation, Microsoft and Bethesda have confirmed that the upcoming Starfield RPG will be exclusive to Xbox Series X/S and PC. And while this may be frustrating for PlayStation owners, Bethesda’s longtime chief marketing officer Pete Hines says he understands this is disappointing and has apologized.

“If you are a big fan of the things we do and the game we make is no longer available on your platform, I fully understand if you are unhappy or upset. I see these are real feelings and frustrations.” Haynes said in an interview with GameSpot.

Haynes added, “I don’t know how to dispel the fears and fears of PlayStation 5 fans other than to say, ‘Okay, I’m a PlayStation 5 player too.’

“Sorry, all I can really say is ‘I apologize’ because I’m sure this is frustrating to people, but there’s not much I can do about it.”

Starfield is Bethesda’s first original RPG in 25 years. Director Todd Howard described it as “Skyrim in space,” though he emphasized that his brand of science fiction would be based in reality.

Bethesda has been a cross-platform developer, although their games usually run best on PC. But after the massive acquisition, in which Microsoft bought ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion, there were doubts about whether all future games in ZeniMax would be exclusive to Xbox and PC.

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The E3 press conference at least hinted that any new titles in development, whether it’s Bethesda’s Starfield or Arkane’s Redfall, will be coming exclusively to Microsoft platforms.

Much of Microsoft and Bethesda’s press conference relied heavily on Xbox exclusives that are also coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one. And it looks like Xbox will take advantage of exclusives to bring the next generation gaming experience to PCs, smart TVs, mobile phones, and even older Xbox Ones.

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Translated by Nicole Pereira


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