Pete Hines of Bethesda understands the frustration of many PlayStation players over the Xbox exclusivity of the upcoming sci-fi RPG Starfield.
During Microsoft’s E3 presentation, what many PlayStation fans had feared since the Bethesda takeover came true. The upcoming space role-playing game Starfield appears exclusively for Xbox Series X | S Plus PC and PlayStation 5 owners have none.
Pete Haynes, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Bethesda, can understand the disappointment and frustration of PlayStation gamers. In an interview with Gamespot, he expressed sympathy on the one hand, but also emphasized the merits of exclusivity for developers:
“You don’t have to worry about how it works on this system and how it works on the other? We don’t publish it on the other so it just needs to run as best as possible on this device and one PC. A narrow focus always helps. When we decided to partner with Sony on Deathloop and that game became exclusive to that platform, development was simplified because we said, ‘PS5 and PC, that’s our focus.’
“I totally understand when you’re unhappy or angry or whatever. I get it. These are all real feelings and frustrations. How should you deal with them? I have absolutely no idea. I would never suppose to say, ‘This is how you can work out better.’” Better and feel better.”
“I don’t know how to assuage the fears and apprehensions of PlayStation 5 fans other than to say, ‘I am also a PlayStation 5 player and have played games on this console and there are games that I will continue to play on. But if you want to play Starfield, it’s called PC and Xbox. We’re sorry.”
Starfield will be released on November 11, 2022 for Xbox Series X | S and PC and will be included in Xbox Game Pass at launch.