Phil Spencer notes that Starfield could have become exclusive for PlayStation.
Starfield has quickly become one of the most anticipated Xbox exclusive titles ever since its announcement, yet things could have turned out quite differently had Sony had their way.
Bethesda claims Starfield has been years in the making. Bethesda developers first imagined its concept for an in-depth sci-fi RPG set in space years ago; unfortunately due to console limitations it never made its debut until today’s gaming landscape made possible its full realization.
Prior to Microsoft’s 7.5 billion takeover of Bethesda parent ZeniMax Media, Sony had made several arrangements that ensured Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo would launch exclusively for PlayStation. But within months after each title had released exclusively on PlayStation, Xbox eventually received them too.
Recent news indicates Sony was trying to gain exclusive control of sci-fi RPG Starfield by Bethesda; Microsoft took swift and decisive action against this attempt by purchasing ZeniMax Media as reported by IGN; to prevent Sony acquiring yet another Bethesda exclusive, like Starfield or any others in future; I guess, prodding too frequently irritated Microsoft into action against Sony!
Xbox honcho Phil Spencer recently represented Microsoft in court during its battle with United States market regulator the Federal Trade Commission. At trial, Spencer unveiled how Sony has taken measures to block major titles from appearing on competitors – though such practices have existed ever since during console wars – but neither company is exempt from engaging in them to gain an edge against their competition.
Spencer alluded to Sony’s payment of Square Enix to keep Final Fantasy XVI exclusive on PS5, with Starfield up next as part of Sony’s target list. Spencer stated that Xbox needed “to put forth tremendous efforts with partners given our position as market leaders against Sony.”
Following exclusive deals for Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo PlayStation titles, Spencer asserted acquiring ZeniMax Media was key for Microsoft “remaining viable in business”, leading them to make Starfield exclusive for green brand Xbox.
Bethesda CEO Todd Howard recently provided details regarding romance options available within Starfield. Additionally, Todd stated that this sci-fi RPG will serve as a “modder’s paradise”, when released for PC and Xbox Series X|S on 6 September 2023.