Bethesda games do not have to start on PlayStation for Microsoft’s $ 7.5 billion acquisition of the company to pay off, says Xbox CEO Phil Spencer.
In an interview with Kotakus Stephen Totilo, Spencer was asked if it was possible to recover $ 7.5 billion. Purchase Bethesda if Microsoft does not sell The Elder Scrolls 6 on PlayStation consoles.
“Yes,” Spencer replied before saying that Microsoft does not need to ship Bethesda games “on any platform other than the platforms we support to … make the deal work for us”
Here is Spencer’s full answer:
“This agreement was not made 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, and not fewer people to be able to play games.
“But I also want to say in the model – I’m just answering directly to the question you had – when I think about where people should play and the number of devices we had and we have xCloud and PC and Game Pass and our console base I do not need to post these games on any platform other than the platforms we support to make the agreement work for us. Whatever that means. “
Ever since Microsoft’s industry-shaking acquisition of Bethesda, the company behind people like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout and Doom, fans have been wondering if Spencer will ensure that new Bethesda games will be exclusive to PC and Xbox. This is an issue we discussed among many others in our recent cast from Eurogamer next generation below.
By not releasing Bethesda games on PlayStation consoles, Microsoft will leave millions of dollars on the table. But Spencer’s response to Kotaku suggests that Microsoft is familiar with it.
The Elder Scrolls 6 has no release date, and Bethesda has announced that Starfield, the developer’s first original RPG in 25 years, will come out first. All eyes will be on this game to see if it launches on PlayStation 5 as well as PC and Xbox Series X.