Bethesda's Todd Howard has opened up about joining Xbox and leaving PlayStation behind. Since the acquisition of Bethesda by Microsoft, it was unclear how things would play out. Will their future titles be Xbox exclusive? Or will they still remain multiplatform? Xbox head Phil Spencer previously said Bethesda games will appear where Xbox Game Pass exists and Xbox's E3 Showcase seems to support that, which Howard has said should make their games better products moving forward.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Howard was asked how he felt leaving PlayStation behind. While he does feel disheartened about potentially leaving some people out, he also believes it should make the company's titles "better products".
"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."
He further elaborated on this point, stating that working for a small amount of systems means you can focus on making your games "the best they can be", and he actually sees it as "opening up more" for them and for players.
"By focusing on those platforms, you really get to lean in a lot on making it the best it can be for those systems. [...] And we’re big believers in all of the avenues that Xbox and Microsoft are doing to get games to more people. Whether that’s the integration with the PC, which is huge for us, the cloud streaming and all those things.
So I think it’s about taking a long term view. And our belief that those things are really fundamentally good. So we see it actually opening up more and more and more so that people’s ability to play our games - via GamePass and other things - their ability to play our games doesn’t go down. It goes up dramatically."
Howard added that he's "proud to be part of Xbox", claiming it's "great for the community of gamers". It's no surprise that focusing on less systems eases the load, but we'll have to wait until next year to see how that plays out. 2022 sees the release of the much anticipated Starfield and the recently announced Redfall by Arkane Austin. Both of these titles will be available exclusive on the Xbox ecosystem and should provide evidence on what Howard is suggesting.
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