Yes, there’s some ongoing ambiguity in Microsoft’s wording, but many PlayStation fans probably find themselves trapped in the first stage of grief: denial. Phil Spencer and his cohorts could probably still be a little clearer, but the writing is on the wall: once Deathloop and Ghostwire Tokyo release, outside of ongoing service games like Fallout 76 and The Elder Scrolls Online, a Bethesda game will not release on a PlayStation platform again.
It’s a disruptive and hugely disappointing development, which threatens to upset the industry’s status quo. While there’s nothing overtly surprising about the move – Bethesda was a publisher pumping out commercial clangers on the regular – it means that the PlayStation 5’s overall software slate is destined to be weaker overall. You may have your own opinions on the Fallout, DOOM, and The Elder Scrolls franchises – but they’re unquestionably major franchises to lose.
But which is the biggest loss to Sony’s next-gen console overall? Between the likes of Wolfenstein and Dishonored, Bethesda’s stable is large and varied – and it’s even expanding with the upcoming Indiana Jones. Which absent brand is going to hurt PlayStation the most, and what can the Japanese giant do to plug the gaps left behind? Navigate your way to acceptance in the comments section, and let us know the biggest miss in the poll below.