While Starfield officially enter public view predating back to June 2018, or even earlier if you consider trademarks, the title was presumed to be a cross-generation release. However, things appear to change with the complete acquisition of Bethesda & Zenimax Media earlier in 2021. But, the situation continues to lean in favor of Xbox when insider claims continue to coincide for a outright Xbox unique release for Starfield.
And even following the recent release date trailer confirming that the game will be an “Xbox Exclusive”, there is still lingering hope for the title to hit other consoles. Bethesda’s own Todd Howard when speaking to The Telegraph stated, “We’re still… I will just say I want everybody to have the ability to play it in some fashion,” suggesting there is still the possibility in long-term.
Howbeit, other Bethesda lead Pete Hines explains in an interview with GameSpot that the likeliness is not there and even goes to apologize to those that might be upset about the discovery. You can view the segment of the interview in the video below:
“If you’re a big fan of stuff that we make in a game that we’re making is no longer available on your platform, I totally understand if you’re unhappy or pissed or whatever- like I get it, those are all real feelings and frustrations. How you should deal with that I have the foggiest idea I would never presume to say, ‘oh, here’s how you can make it better and feel better’.
“At the same time, you know, there’s only so much time I can spend on being focused on what we’re not doing, right […] because of those are thing like I just I don’t know how to allay the fears and concerns of PlayStation 5 fans other than to say, well I’m a PlayStation 5 fan players as well and I’ve played games on that console and there’s games I’m going to continue to play on it. But, you know, if you want to play Starfield, PC and Xbox, sorry. All I can really say is I apologize.”
Additionally, Bethesda also showcased a new project from developer Arkane Studios, Redfall. While little details on how the game will be structured, the title is told to be releasing in a similar manner to Starfield: unique to Xbox. You can read the full report by heading here.
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Starfield launches on November 11, 2022 for Xbox Series X|S and PC.