Bethesda games don’t have to start on PlayStation for Microsoft’s $ 7.5 billion takeover of the company to pay off, Xbox CEO Phil Spencer said.
In an interview with Stephen Totilo of Kotaku, Spencer was asked if it would be possible to recoup the $ 7.5 billion purchase of Bethesda if Microsoft doesn’t sell The Elder Scrolls 6 on PlayStation consoles.
“Yes,” Spencer replied before saying Microsoft doesn̵
Here is Spencer’s full answer:
“This deal was not made to take games away from another player base like this one. Nowhere in the documentation we put together did it say, ‘How do we stop other players from playing these games?’ We want more people to be able to play games, not fewer people to be able to play games.
“But I’ll also say in the model – I’m just answering directly the question you had – when I think about where people are going to be playing and how many devices we had and we have xCloud and PC and Game Pass and our console base “I don’t have to deliver these games on any platform other than the platforms we support for the deal to work for us. Whatever that means.”
Ever since Microsoft’s industry-shaking purchase of Bethesda, the company behind The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and Doom, fans have wondered if Spencer will ensure that new Bethesda games are exclusive to PC and Xbox. We discussed this question in our recent next generation Eurogamer news program below.
If Microsoft doesn’t release Bethesda games on PlayStation consoles, millions of dollars will remain on the table. But Spencer’s response to Kotaku suggests Microsoft is okay with that.
The Elder Scrolls 6 has no release date and Bethesda has announced that Starfield, the developer’s first original RPG in 25 years, will be released first. All eyes will be on this game to see if it launches on PlayStation 5 as well as PC and Xbox Series X.