GamesBeat cites sources familiar with the decision in its report. Reporter Jeff Grubb earlier tweeted that “Starfield is exclusive to Xbox and PC. Period.”
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First announced at E3 2018, Starfield is the anticipated sci-fi successor to popular Bethesda RPGs Fallout and The Elder Scrolls. Little is known about the game itself at this point. The Bethesda Engine was also confirmed to be getting its largest ever upgrade late last year.
Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda in September 2020 raised questions about whether Starfield would remain multi-platform or would become an exclusive. Deathloop, which was announced before the acquisition, remains a timed exclusive for PS5. Xbox has a history of being more open to releasing its first-party titles on other platforms, with Ori and Minecraft Dungeons both releasing on Nintendo Switch.
Questions remain, but if these reports are accurate, we have a much better sense of Xbox’s intentions for Bethesda and its other major acquisitions going forward. Starfield does not have a release date yet.