Bethesda showed a trailer for its upcoming RPG “Starfield” at E3. The video sets the tone for the story of the Bethesda title, but without revealing too much. There are no gameplay scenes to be seen.
But the studio Bethesda, which has belonged to Microsoft since March, had an announcement that should be controversial: “Starfield” will be released on 11/11/2022 exclusively for Xbox – this means the consoles and the Windows PC, which Microsoft also sees as an Xbox platform. So “Starfield” will not be playable on the Playstation 5. This confirms what has emerged: there is much to suggest that PS5 fans will not be able to play future Bethesda titles.
Microsoft completed the acquisition of Bethesda in March, a deal that cost the Xbox maker $ 7.5 billion. Bethesda is supposed to help Microsoft catch up with Sony in in-house developments. Microsoft has long been relying on exclusive games to support its consoles and its Xbox Game Pass subscription.
Many previous Microsoft in-house developments are only available for the Xbox and PC, including, for example, the game series “Forza”, “Fable”, “Gears of War” and “Halo”. According to the company, “some” Bethesda games are to appear exclusively on PC and Xbox in the future, but Microsoft has not given the PS5 or Switch a categorical rejection.
“Starfield” will be Bethesda Game Studios’ first single-player role-playing game since Fallout 4, which went on sale in 2015. Bethesda has built an excellent reputation for itself with the “Elder Scrolls” and “Fallout” role-playing games, but this has suffered in recent years from the controversial “Fallout 76”: The online game came onto the market in 2018 with numerous technical flaws . Bethesda was also criticized for the monetization of “Fallout 76”. The multiplayer shooter is crammed with microtransactions.
For many fans, Bethesda is particularly on the test bench with “Starfield”: The sci-fi role-playing game will provide clues as to whether the developer company can still develop good single-player role-playing games after “Fallout 76”. The influence of Microsoft is also viewed critically by many in the community – also with regard to the previously announced “The Elder Scrolls 6”, which will probably take a few years to be released.