In a recent video appearance, Bethesda producer Todd Howard says there are advantages to not developing Starfield for PS5. Plus the producer also teases the Indiana Jones video game his team are working on. Howard made an appearance on The Lex Fridman Podcast and talked a little about both upcoming games from the studio. First of all on Starfield, it’s already been confirmed the game is an Xbox exclusive. However Howard says there are advantages in this approach.
Howard says the fact the game is exclusive to Xbox made it easier to focus on one console format plus PC. This also helped with the teams resources as a team was not required to develop the game for the PS5 architecture. Howard also says that Xbox has helped the team by trying to make the game look as good as it can on both Xbox Series X and S.
There will of course be fans still hurt that Starfield won’t release on PS5. However those fans who also have PC’s may be able to play the game there, especially if they have Game Pass.
Howard also spoke a little about the Indiana Jones video game his studio are developing. At the start of 2021 Bethesda announced they were working on an Indiana Jones video game alongside MachineGames. Despite being developed alongside the Indiana Jones 5 movie, there appears to be no connection. For now it appears the game is a standalone adventure. It’s also not known if star Harrison Ford will be doing the voice work for the game at this time? Though, that would be very cool, if they could get Ford on board.
Howard first pitched the game to LucasArts in 2009, but for various reasons it never went anywhere. Things changed though when Disney acquired the franchise and now it’s in development. Howard described MachineGames as a “perfect fit” and noted they’re doing an “incredible job” with the game, even stating it’s a “definite love letter” to Indiana Jones and everything with it. Howard was then asked if the game was action/adventure? The producer however said the game isn’t just one thing but a mash-up of different ideas the team has wanted to do for years.
For now, there is no indication of how advanced the development of this game is. Nor sadly, when we may see more? I guess we will just have to wait to find more about this untitled Indiana Jones video game. This does however beg one question, will the Indiana Jones game be an Xbox exclusive? That remains to be seen, however I certainly would not bet against it.
What do you think about Todd Howards comments about the advantages of not developing Starfield for PS5? Plus some news on the Indiana Jones video game? As always, leave any thoughts below.