In a recent live stream involving Pete Hines of Bethesda and Aaron Greenberg of Xbox, the company behind The Elder Scrolls, Fallout (and more) shared a message to PlayStation fans who felt left out after the Bethesda acquisition Xbox.
Hines said, with great sincerity: “I have no idea how to say it because…I don’t know. I do not know the answer. Does not exist. It’s not that I know and I don’t know. I don’t want to tell you. I do not know. He continued: “There are Xbox branded games that exist on other platforms in the first place. I think this is an important thing to highlight. Minecraft didn’t stop existing on other platforms after Mojang was acquired by Xbox. Yes. It is a game that is widely played on all these platforms. It’s not a “sorry, you won’t play Bethesda ever again”. Clear, there are things you can’t play [no PlayStation] “.
He then declared: “Starfield was advertised as an Xbox exclusive product. I don’t know if I can go so far as to say that you won’t be able to play anything else on PlayStration. But again, i don’t know the answer now. “
Greenberg added that original Microsoft games always arrive on PC and cloud as well as Xbox, so “we’re not saying you need to buy Xbox to be able to play those games.” Hines specifically suggested paying attention to what Microsoft is doing with the a cloud, stating that at some point it won’t be a question of which platform you have.
In essence, Bethesda and Xbox continue to propose the “to be seen case by case” line from game to game. Unfortunately, this doesn’t give players any security, but certainly the most direct solution to playing Bethesda now is having access to the Xbox Game Pass.
We know that games that are already available there will continue to receive support, Microsoft and Bethesda won’t shut down The Elder Scrolls Online, for example, but Starfield and Redfall, Bethesda’s newest new games, were said to be exclusive – and Microsoft made a lot of point, with bold letters to say that there are no plans for the Playstation.
Also, despite the questions being asked of Hines, it’s like he said “I don’t know”. Short and hard, Microsoft bought Bethesda, this is a decision now that it’s in the hands of Phil Spencer.