Starfield exclusive to Xbox – “it’s just amazing.” Todd Howard praises cooperation with Microsoft
Starfield is Bethesda’s new IP that will be exclusive to Xbox and PC. Microsoft has guaranteed itself an exclusive promising RPG, which suits Todd Howard very well. The developer does not hide that the studio can count on the huge support of experienced engineers from the American company.
When Microsoft officially took over Bethesda, it also announced its desire to create exclusive games – Redfall and Starfield are the first items developed exclusively for Xbox and PC. Todd Howard has repeatedly emphasized that this is really good news for project teams. The creators do not have to develop an additional version, and at the same time they receive help from the giant from Redmond.
The director and executive producer at Bethesda Game Studios was a guest Lex Fridman podcast and he didn’t hide it For him, exclusivity is one of the game’s strengths – although it is not an extraordinary action, because Bethesda studios have already worked closely with Microsoft before.
“It’s exclusive – Xbox, PC… remember that exclusivity isn’t unique to us, even though we’ve done stuff on PlayStation… traditionally PC developers at first, we moved to Xbox which became our leading platform like Morrowind was basically Xbox exclusive, Oblivion was Xbox exclusive for a long time… our starting positions are all Xbox so we started the project saying we are Xbox focused, it’s not for us at all way abnormal…”
During the conversation, Howard pointed out that focusing only on Xbox and PC allows specialists to refine the production in many respects. The creators focus on three devices, additionally the process is supported by employees of an American company.
“From a development point of view, I like this opportunity to focus… and have help from them – the best Xbox engineers who can say ‘we’re going to make it look amazing on new systems’, and that’s from my point of view just wonderful.”
Starfield will undoubtedly be one of the biggest Microsoft and Bethesda launches next year. The game was supposed to debut on November 11, however, the developers needed more time to refine the story and are currently planning a debut in the first half of 2023.
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