Bethesda Games doesn’t have to launch on the PlayStation for Microsoft’s $ 7.5bn acquisition of the company to pay, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said.
In an interview with Kotaku Stephen Totilo, Spencer was asked if it would be possible to withdraw Bethesda’s $ 7.5bn purchase if Microsoft did not sell The Elder Scrolls 6 on PlayStation consoles.
“Yes,” Spencer replied, before saying that Microsoft does not need to send games to Bethesda “on any platform other than the platforms we support to … make it work for us”;.
Here is Spencer’s full response:
“This deal was not made to take games from another player base like this. None of the documentation we put together was: ‘How can we prevent other players from playing these games?’ We want more people to play, not less people to play.
“But I would also say to the model – I just directly answer the question you have – when I think about where people will play and the number of devices we have, and we have xCloud and PC and The Game Pass and the our console base, I don’t have to send those games to any other platform other than the platforms we support in order for us to get the deal done. Whatever that means. “
Ever since the Microsoft industry bought into Bethesda, the company behind the likes of The Elder Scroll, Fallout and Doom, fans have wondered if Spencer will make sure the new Bethesda games are exclusive to PC and Xbox . This is a question we are debating, among many others, in our recent Eurogamer news cast, below.
By not releasing Bethesda games on PlayStation consoles, Microsoft will leave millions of dollars on the table. But Spencer’s response to Kotaku indicates that Microsoft is comfortable with that.
Elder Scroll 6 has no release date, and Bethesda has indicated that Starfield, the developer’s first original RPG in 25 years, will be released first. All eyes will be on that game to see if it launches on the PlayStation 5 as well as the PC and Xbox Series X.