Again at the beginning of 2021, Bethesda and MachineGames introduced that they are engaged on an all-new Indiana Jones game. We’ve not heard a lot about it since, however in the course of the ongoing listening to into the FTC’s objection to Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, it got here to gentle that the game shall be unique to Xbox and PC.
What makes the state of affairs particularly fascinating is that Bethesda had initially deliberate the Indiana Jones game as a multiplatform launch. However that modified a number of months after the announcement, when Microsoft acquired Bethesda, at which level it was made an Xbox console unique. As reported by IGN, Bethesda head of publishing Pete Hines stated the choice was made to cut back threat and get a “diploma of readability” from Disney, which licensed the rights to make the game to Bethesda.
“You’re coping with a licensor who’s giving a ton of suggestions on what you’re making, goes so as to add a ton of time to your scheduling, these agreements, you don’t get to take so long as you need, you may have a window of time wherein you’re going to launch a game, you instantly have a clock that’s ticking on you,” Hines stated.
In different phrases, Bethesda does not have complete management over the Indiana Jones video games—it is beholden to Disney—and simplifying and streamlining the event course of by dropping a platform makes it a lot simpler to accommodate these exterior calls for.
The Indiana Jones game is not the one one to change from multiplatform to console unique following Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda. The identical destiny befell Redfall: Arkane Austin studio head Harvey Smith instructed IGN France (through Google Translate) in March that dropping the deliberate PlayStation 5 model of the game was “a great choice,” as a result of it meant “one much less platform to fret about, one much less complexity.”
In fact, making console-exclusive video games is finally extra about making your platform look good than making growth simpler, nevertheless it’s in all probability in Microsoft’s higher curiosity to avoid that distinction throughout this listening to. Slicing off the event of PlayStation video games in all probability is not the type of factor that Microsoft desires regulators to be listening to an excessive amount of about, however Xbox boss Phil Spencer famous that exclusives work each methods: As reported on Twitter by Stephen Totilo of Axios, Spencer famous that the hit Spider-Man video games—a property additionally owned by Disney—are unique to PlayStation consoles.