It has been almost a month since Microsoft announced its $7.5 billion purchase of Bethesda Softworks via parent company, Zenimax Media, and gamers and industry-watchers are still in the wind as to what will happen to the multi-console releases for future Bethesda games.
Bethesda’s Todd Howard, who is known for his directing and producing work on the popular The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series, is quite coy when it comes to answering questions regarding such titles.
He did hint however at the fact that he does expect Bethesda’s major franchises to appear on non-Xbox consoles going forward. He also admitted that the parties involved, haven’t really discussed the details of multiplatform publishing in-depth yet.
“We haven’t gone through all of that, to be honest. We felt very strongly about their view of access; games for everybody that we can bring to anybody regardless of where they are, what devices they’re playing on. We’re very, very passionate about that, and at the end of the day we’re convinced we’ll make better products and get them to more people easily by being part of Xbox as opposed to being just a third party.”
Microsoft’s Phil Spencer did, however, tell Kotaku that Microsoft felt it could recoup its $7.5 billion investment in Bethesda without releasing The Elder Scrolls VI on PlayStation, Spencer was also quick to stress that this was not really the company’s intent.
He added that the deal “was not done to take games away from another player base like that.
“Nowhere in the documentation that we put together was: ‘How do we keep other players from playing these games?’ We want more people to be able to play games, not fewer people to be able to go play games.”
Either way, I really do hope that the Elder Scrolls gets to the next-gen consoles soon as it’s one of the most anticipated games and I’m sure will really make a huge impact following the Bethesda acquisition.