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Playground Games dev: Microsoft won't cancel PS5 versions of Bethesda's upcoming games

Published: 06:47, 15 February 2021
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Herve Gengler of Playground Games, the development team behind Forza Horizon has said that Microsoft will not cancel PS5 versions of Bethesda's games that were announced prior to the acquisition.

Many PlayStation owners are eager to find out what will happen to their favourite Bethesda games now that Microsoft have officially acquired the publisher in a mega-deal, which shook the industry. As you may know, there are a couple of games that are already announced for several platforms including Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo. 

As you may know, Deathloop is announced as a timed-exclusive for PlayStation and Microsoft already confirmed they won't change that or any other partnership that happened prior to the acquisition. This means you can expect Ghostwire: Tokyo on PlayStation 5 too.

And while this is pretty clear to everyone that followed the news regarding the Bethesda acquisition by Microsoft, Playground Games developer Herve Gengler explained the whole situation once again, confirming what Microsoft already said, more or less.

"The studios were already in their development cycle and, this is a message that Microsoft communicates all the time, they are not going to suddenly stop the development of a Playstation version for example," he said in a four-hour-long interview with SebSSol Live. "If your game is cross-platform, they're not going to say now it's an Xbox exclusive. They are in a long term strategy and do not want to expressly take the game away from a community because they bought the studio." Astronaut looking at a space station, presumably from Starfield Starfield's presumably leaked in-game shot

This makes perfect sense and like we already mentioned, Microsoft never really planned to change Bethesda's existing partnership deals. However, for those games that are yet to be announced their comments are pretty vague. It's hard to imagine that Microsoft would spend 7.5 billion dollars just to keep releasing every game on PlayStation 5 too. 

If you're hoping that The Elder Scrolls VI or the next Fallout game are coming to Sony's platform, we suggest you keep your expectations at a minimum. At this moment, that's an unlikely scenario.

Bethesda's Fallout 76 releasing on 14 November 2018

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During the E3 this year we had a chance to see Todd Howard present the new Fallout 76 where he talked about the location, map size and more. Beta was announced for summer 2018 while the official release will be happening 14 November 2018.

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