Fallout 5 will likely remain Xbox-only, according to Microsoft exec.
Microsoft may have inadvertently confirmed Fallout 5’s exclusivity to Xbox during their court battle against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), sending shockwaves through fans without Series X/S consoles who wanted access to Fallout. If you listen carefully enough, you might hear many Fallout fans screaming with horror as Microsoft revealed this news to everyone involved in court proceedings regarding FTC case.
Bethesda boss Todd Howard previously stated that after Starfield is completed, Bethesda will focus on The Elder Scrolls VI (which may take several years), with Fallout 5 only becoming part of its scope once that project has completed. As for when that will release…who knows!
No matter when it arrives, Fallout 5 will eventually hit shelves–though IGN reports it appears it could forgoing release on PlayStation altogether following an IGN report regarding an unheard conversation between Xbox’s CFO Tim Stuart and Game Studios director Matt Booty held in November 2021 and revealed during Microsoft’s court battle last week regarding claims by Phil Spencer that any future ZeniMax titles will only ever release exclusively through Xbox.
Stuart asked, and Booty responded: “Phil [Spencer] informed them all titles will be Xbox exclusive going forward.”
ZeniMax Media owns Bethesda Softworks as well as Arkane Studios, id Software, Tango Gameworks and MachineGames; therefore if ZeniMax games will exclusively appear on Xbox, PlayStation owners could bid farewell to all future Elder Scrolls, DOOM, Wolfenstein games as well as Fallout 5 (and potentially Fallout 6) titles that ZeniMax may produce in future years.
Plans may change over time and this announcement was likely made two years ago; even so, this news should cause concern to anyone not already owning an Xbox console of this generation.