is the first original IP from Bethesda Game Studios
in, well, a long time. It's the latest epic single-player RPG from the team behind The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4, and as a newly minted first-party Xbox studio -- word is it will be released exclusively for Xbox consoles and PC. And made available day one on Xbox Game Pass.
Several sources are citing the exclusivity as a done deal, with GamesBeat journalist Jeff Grubb writing
, "Starfield is exclusive to Xbox and PC. Period. This is me confirming that."
After Microsoft's acquisition of Bethesda one of the most talked about aspects of the $7.5 billiob USD deal has been the question of exclusivity. Will its franchises become Xbox exclusive? And by exclusive that means not released on PlayStation 5 but instead kept to PC and Xbox consoles, bolstered by being a part of the ever-impressive Xbox Game Pass subscription service.
Starfield was originally announced back in 2018, with a teaser trailer presented by the game's director Todd Howard. Promising an optimised engine and the studio's biggest and most intricate open-world to date, new info has been basically non-existent since then. Rumours are also pointing to a big E3 showing for Starfield next month.
When asked about exclusivity both Xbox and Bethesda have noted that releases will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. That said, Starfield is something of a special case -- it's arguably one of the biggest games currently in development, not only in terms of scope, but potential hype. A true AAA or AAAA title that will set a precedent for Xbox console exclusives from Bethesda going forward.
So yeah, Bethesda's Starfield is set to be an Xbox and PC exclusive.