Starfield might well be years away, but with Microsoft buying Bethesda and all of its studios, is it possible that it could be solely released on Xbox or PC platforms?
Bethesda's next big RPG was teased for next-gen before we knew much about the new consoles, with only a teaser trailer so far.
Could it really skip PS5 entirely?
Starfield: Will It Come To PlayStation?
According to a report from Imran Khan, Sony was only recently in negotiations with Bethesda to make Starfield a timed PlayStation-exclusive title.
FUN NOTE: Sony had been negotiating timed exclusivity on Starfield as recently as a few months ago. Going to guess either those talks are done or the price suddenly went way, way up.
— Imran Khan (@imranzomg)
Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo, two existing timed exclusives, are still expected to launch first on PS5, but will Starfield join them?
In an interview with Bloomberg about the acquisition of Bethesda and what it means for games releasing on other platforms (i.e. not Xbox, PC, or Game Pass), Phil Spencer said: “we’ll take other consoles on a case-by-case basis."
Considering Microsoft already publishes Minecraft on multiple platforms (itself a $2.5 billion purchase for the company), it's not unreasonable to expect that you could still play Starfield on the PlayStation 5.
That's not to say it's a certainty, though. With customers looking for reasons to buy an Xbox console, there's every chance Microsoft break with their recent messaging to ensure players can only play the likes of Starfield on an Xbox system or Windows PC.
In recent years, though, the company has attempted to push player choice in where gamers play their games.
Then there's Microsoft's history with Nintendo, with Banjo and Kazooie arriving as Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC, and both Ori games arriving on the Switch.
While it's unlikely that the Switch is able to run a full, next-gen RPG from Bethesda, there's every chance of some kind of crossover with the House of Mario.