The most interviewed man in the industry, Xbox CEO Phil Spencer, spoke to reporters again – which of course means more discussion about whether Bethesda’s games will be released on PlayStation 5 after Microsoft bought $ 7.5 billion . The answer? Look, it has always been complicated, but don’t hold your breath.
When asked if it was possible to recoup the company’s huge investment by skipping PlayStation’s sizeable installation base, Spencer replied firmly, “Yes.” But he added additional context: “This deal was not made to take games away from another player base. Nowhere in the documentation we put together did it say, “How do we stop other players from playing these games?”
However, he admitted that his company “doesn’t have to ship these games on any platform other than those we support for the deal to work for us.” It’s still a somewhat ambiguous statement from the executive as it technically answers the question of whether Microsoft will get a return on its investment if it doesn’t publish on PlayStation platforms – but it never says they won’t ship on PS5.
With all the chatter aside, it’s pretty obvious at this point that Bethesda has pretty much reached the end of the line on PlayStation after sending out Deathloop and Ghostwire Tokyo. It’s a sad twist, but we’ve all had a few weeks to get used to it, haven’t we? It is ultimately what it is.