Pete Hines Says Bethesda Will Still Publish its Own Games, Todd Howard Indicates Multiplatform Releases Still are Likely [Update]
Bethesda will seemingly continue to publish games under its own label with future projects potentially coming to platforms other than just Xbox and PC.
Update: Xbox head Phil Spencer has now informed Bloomberg that future Bethesda games will come to other platforms on a “case by case basis.” So there you have it. If you’re buying a PS5 later this year, it looks as though Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo won’t potentially be the final games coming to the console after all.
To answer the question everyone is asking: Phil Spencer tells @dinabass that Xbox plans to honor the PS5 exclusivity commitment for Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo.
Future Bethesda games will be on Xbox, PC, and “other consoles on a case by case basis.” https://t.co/Agyttr53LO
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) September 21, 2020
The original story can be found below.
Far and away the biggest question that many have seemed to have in the wake of Microsoft purchasing ZeniMax Media, and by proxy acquiring Bethesda Softworks, has been related to how Bethesda’s portfolio of games will be published moving forward. Will all games from the brand be exclusive to Xbox Series X and PC moving forward, or will they continue to come to all platforms in perpetuity? While we still don’t have a specific answer, some notable Bethesda bosses have indicated where the publisher will go in the future.
In a blog post from Bethesda’s Pete Hines that was shared after the acquisition announcement, the company’s Senior Vice President of PR and Marketing indicated that not a lot will be changing on their end in the future. “But the key point is we’re still Bethesda. We’re still working on the same games we were yesterday, made by the same studios we’ve worked with for years, and those games will be published by us,” Hines explained. That latter point though is particularly quite interesting and makes it seems as though the Xbox Game Studios branding might not be given to games published by what was once Bethesda-owned studios.
Found in a separate post, Bethesda Game Studios’ Todd Howard also indicated that the developer will potentially continue to bring its games to other platforms, too. “We share a deep belief in the fundamental power of games, in their ability to connect, empower, and bring joy. And a belief we should bring that to everyone – regardless of who you are, where you live, or what you play on. Regardless of the screen size, the controller, or your ability to even use one,” Howard wrote in a blog detailing his thoughts on the acquisition. The point about bring games everywhere regardless of “the controller”, in particular, makes it sound as though Bethesda Game Studios titles like Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 could very well release on a platform like the PS5 down the road.
There’s still a lot left to learn about this whole situation, but for now, it sounds as though future Bethesda projects could very well end up on platforms other than Xbox and PC. And, to be honest, can you really blame Microsoft? Given how many units a title like The Elder Scrolls 6 would be sure to sell once it finally launches, the prospect of bringing it to as many locations as possible just makes the most business sense. We’ll have to wait to see how this continues to develop in the coming months and years.