Sony’s been hinting in interviews for a while that it’s going to go hard with the PlayStation 5, and we saw the first signs of that during the next-gen system’s reveal presentation this week. Perhaps drowned out by the announcements of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Gran Turismo 7 was confirmation that two Bethesda titles, Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo, will be timed PS5 console exclusives. That, when you stop and think about it, is quite surprising.
According to marketing bigwig Eric Lempel, however, this is all part of the platform holder’s plan to dominate the impending generation. “Exclusive arrangements range from a few months to a couple of years,” he told the PlayStation Blog. “You saw some great titles: Godfall from Gearbox, Deathloop from Bethesda, [and] Project Athia from Square Enix.”
It sounds like the Japanese giant is not stopping there either. Writing on the ResetEra forums, Kinda Funny co-host Imran Khan suggested that the firm’s been busy behind-the-scenes: “Sony has been writing cheques all over town. There's some timed exclusive pick-ups that seem designed just to pull titles Microsoft used to brag about having in their presentations and associate them with PlayStation instead.”
None of the games showcased during the PS5 reveal presentation have a particularly strong association with Xbox; Hitman has historically been promoted on PlayStation, and the two Bethesda titles are brand new intellectual properties. Of course, we know there’s much more to come from the company in the build up to launch, so it’ll be interesting to see how this story develops.