Bethesda VP apologizes about Starfield being an Xbox exclusive
Bethesda Softworks senior vice president of marketing and communication Pete Hines says he is “sorry” to the PlayStation community about Starfield being an Xbox exclusive title.
In a recent interview with Gamespot, Pete Hines was asked to talk more about Starfield and other Bethesda creations in detail, as there’s a rise in their Xbox exclusives after being acquired by Microsoft. Though Hines can’t bring certain popular titles from Bethesda like Elder Scrolls 6, Redfall and Starfield to PlayStation 5, he offers his sincere sympathies towards the community.
“If you’re a big fan of the stuff we make and a game that we’re making is no longer available on your platform, I totally understand if you’re unhappy or pissed, or whatever,” Hines said. “Like, I get it. Those are all real feelings and frustrations. How should you deal with that, I haven’t the foggiest idea. I would never presume to say, ‘Oh, here’s how you can make it better and feel better.”
While Bethesda isn’t on a road to redemption for the discomfort caused to the PlayStation community, Hines does take his time to apologize directly to the community, despite the whole situation being out of his hands.
“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 player as well, and I’ve played games on that console and there are games I’m gonna continue to play on it, but if you want to play Starfield, PC and Xbox, sorry. All I can really say is ‘I apologize’ because I’m certain that’s frustrating to folks. But there’s not a whole lot I can do about it.”
Meanwhile, Todd Howard director of Bethesda Softworks also came forward and shared his thoughts where he said that despite them losing a significant part of their audience, but Starfield being an Xbox exclusive will be allowing Bethesda to focus on better optimization as a narrow range of platforms are included.
“You don’t ever want to leave people out, right? But at the end of the day, your ability to focus and say, this is the game I want to make, these are the platforms I want to make it on, and being able to really lean in on those is going to make for a better product,” said Howard.
Starfield is all set to launch on 11th November 2022 only on PC and Xbox Series X/S and will be available on Xbox Game Pass on the launch day itself. Here’s the video for the complete interview that took place between Hines and GameSpot.
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