game boss Microsoft Phil Spencer stated that his goal is to make Starfield Bethesda’s most popular game to date.
Starfield is the next RPG from the studio behind The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a game that has sold over 30 million copies since its release in 2011.
However, unlike previous hits Bethesda in series Elder Scrolls and Fallout, the upcoming sci-fi game will not be released on PlayStation consoles, which traditionally outsell Microsoft’s competing Xbox systems and provide a large audience for the studio’s games. Although it is likely that the game will still look at the consoles from Sony, but a little later after the release.
After the acquisition by the company Microsoft parent company Bethesda ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion, Starfield will be a console exclusive Xbox Series X/Swhen it releases November 11, 2022. But the game will also be available on PC and, very importantly, via Xbox Game Pass on the first day.
Recently Microsoft announced that Xbox Game Pass has 25 million subscribers and helps its first-person games reach record levels of engagement. According to the platform owner, Halo Infinite received the best start in the history of the franchise, having collected more than 20 million players since the release on Xbox, PC and Game Pass in December. Forza Horizon 5 also set an Xbox record and registered 18 million players since its release on the same platforms in November.
I love the Forza 5 and Halo stats… I love how many people played Psychonauts 2 compared to Psychonauts 1. So when I look at the teams, when Todd and I talk about Starfield, I think, “How can we make to make it the most popular Todd Howard game ever?
He added about recent Halo and Forza releases:
These are the most played games in these franchises because we’ve made them available on more screens than ever with more business models than ever.
Microsoft also said it plans to release as many games as possible. Activision Blizzard on Xbox Game Pass following the acquisition of publisher Call of Duty in a $68.7 billion deal expected to close in summer 2023.
Yes, I want more people to play WoW in five years than today. I want more people to play Call of Duty in five years because we’ve made it more accessible to more people.