Microsoft may be considering a new multi-platform strategy for specific Xbox games in the future if rumours of Indiana Jones and the Great Circle and maybe Starfield being considered for PS5 pan out.
The Verge mentioned that an insider at Microsoft is saying that the tech giant is “weighing up which titles will remain exclusive and others that will appear on Switch or PS5 in the future.” If this new technique comes to fruition, Indiana Jones may be among the first to use it, as he appears to be involved with it.
Going forward with this plan, it looks like Indiana Jones and the Great Circle will premiere on Xbox and PC in December 2024. The PS5 version will come out “rather short period” later, which might be as little as “some months later.”
Keep in mind that plans are subject to alter at any moment, so don’t put too much stock in this, but these discussions appear to be taking place inside Microsoft. According to this article, there have been whispers circulating that Sea of Thieves and Hi-Fi Rush are also considering moving to different platforms.
And that’s not all: according to XboxERA, Starfield is only one of several games that could be coming to PS5. Sources close to the matter have informed XboxERA that following the already announced Shattered Space upgrade, which is expected to release later in 2024, Microsoft might be aiming to launch Bethesda’s space RPG on PS5.
And to back up this rumoured multi-platform plan, Microsoft is allegedly pouring more money into PS5 dev kits.
One of the most prominent concerns prior to Starfield’s release was whether or not it would be available to the general public. Even though Starfield was launch-exclusive, these new developments will definitely push The Elder Scrolls 6 back into the spotlight.
While not officially confirmed, Microsoft internal documents have hinted that it will launch exclusively on Xbox and PC, bypassing PS5. Please do not assume anything as factual until it really occurs; plans are subject to change at any moment, as may be shown by these reports.
See also: Xbox’s impact on exclusivity, and Satya Nadella’s remarks about Microsoft’s newfound ability to be a “good publisher on Sony and Nintendo and PC and Xbox” after acquiring Activision Blizzard.