The recent news of Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 being exclusive to Xbox for Bethesda has left many fans and industry experts scratching their heads. A leaked email from Pete Hines, the head of global publishing at Bethesda, adds another layer of confusion to the situation. In the email, Hines expresses his confusion over the decision, wondering why Bethesda is taking a different approach compared to Activision.
Hines refers to an Xbox blog post that highlighted the decision to keep the Call of Duty franchise on PlayStation. He states his confusion, as it seems to contradict the approach being taken with Bethesda’s games. This email suggests that Hines and others at Bethesda may have believed that Xbox exclusives should not exist, leading to their surprise at the company’s decision.
However, it is important to note that the Call of Duty franchise is a different beast altogether. The numbers and popularity associated with the Activision franchise are unmatched in the gaming industry. It is understandable that different strategies and approaches are taken for games of such magnitude.
In the midst of this confusion, it is worth mentioning the recent FTC lawsuit against Microsoft. This lawsuit revealed interesting information about Microsoft’s shift in focus towards the cloud sector and a voluntary reduction in investments in the Xbox console. This revelation adds another layer of complexity to the situation, as it hints at broader strategic decisions being made by Microsoft.
Ultimately, the exclusive nature of Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 for Xbox is a significant departure from Bethesda’s previous stance. With conflicting statements and revised positions in the past, it is clear that Bethesda’s approach to exclusivity has evolved. The leaked email from Hines only serves to highlight this change.
Fans and gamers alike will continue to speculate and discuss the reasoning behind these decisions. Bethesda’s choice to make these highly anticipated titles exclusive to Xbox shows a shift in their approach to exclusivity, even if it is met with confusion and raised eyebrows.
Only time will tell how this decision will impact the gaming industry and the relationship between Bethesda and its fans. Until then, it remains a topic of debate and speculation, with gamers eagerly awaiting the release of Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6.
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