Microsoft has supposedly picked up another substantial exclusive for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and possibly the Xbox One as well depending on whether or not the game is a cross-gen release. Unlike the PS5, the Series X and Series S don’t actually have exclusive games, but they have a growing list of console exclusives. The biggest of these games — Halo Infinite, Fable 4, and Perfect Dark Reboot — aren’t out yet, and in the case of the latter two, they probably won’t be out for a while. Halo Infinite is set to release this year, and apparently, it won’t be the only big Xbox console exclusive. Many reports claim Starfield isn’t releasing this year, but a new one not only claims that, but confirms that Xbox and Bethesda have no intention of releasing the game on PlayStation consoles.
When Starfield was announced, Bethesda didn’t announce platforms, but the expectation was it would be multi-platform. The former hasn’t changed, but the latter has due to Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda. However, both Microsoft and Bethesda haven’t said a word about the platforms of Starfield and whether or not it’s coming to PS4 or PS5 or both.
While the pair are remaining frustratingly quiet on the subject, Xbox insider Rand al’Thor isn’t. According to the insider, Starfield is an Xbox exclusive and he’s very confident in this. Adding to this, they note that Microsoft is aiming to have the game out this holiday, though it sounds like this is very much up in the air.
“I’ve been told, by very reliable people that Starfield was 100 percent an Xbox exclusive,” said al’Thor. “I’ve even made bets about it, and I don’t bet unless I know I’m willing to bet. So I’m really, really confident that Starfield is only releasing on Xbox when it does, and I’ve been told as well that Microsoft is trying their hardest to get the game out for this holiday. They really want Starfield out this holiday.”
Unfortunately, this is where the report ends. Right now, there’s no word of a reveal, but if the game is aiming to release this year, you’d expect its reveal will happen within the next few months, perhaps at E3 2021. In the meantime, take everything here with a grain of salt. Nothing here is official, and even if it’s all completely accurate, it’s also subject to change.
At the moment of publishing, none of the implicated parties — Xbox and Bethesda — have commented on this report, and neither probably will given that they never comment on rumors and reports. However, if either does, we will be sure to let you know — via update — what they have to say.