Fans of Xbox have responded to a petition calling for Starfield to be a PlayStation 5 exclusive by creating a counter-petition, highlighting the ongoing debate over the game’s exclusivity. The original petition, which demanded that Starfield be released exclusively on PlayStation 5, faced criticism for its unrealistic demands and lack of understanding of industry acquisitions.
In response, Xbox fans have created a counter-petition, aiming to provide a platform for expressing disagreement without inadvertently supporting the original petition. Supporters of the counter-petition argue that a PlayStation 5 release of Starfield would not only benefit Sony but also Microsoft and Bethesda financially.
The petition reads “This petition is for anyone who believes that the recent petition to make Starfield a PS5 exclusive game is a dumb idea. I noticed that people were signing that petition solely to leave a comment on how against the idea they were, thus unintentionally supporting that petition. This petition provides a forum for those that want to express their views without having to add to the signature numbers of a petition they do not support.”
It is worth noting that Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda, the studio behind Starfield, means that future games, including Starfield, will be exclusive to Xbox. This acquisition was partly driven by Sony’s potential plans to secure Starfield as a PlayStation 5 exclusive, similar to other titles like Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo.
Despite the original petition amassing over 3,500 signatures, it is unlikely to sway Microsoft’s decision regarding Starfield’s exclusivity. The acquisition of Bethesda has already solidified the game’s exclusivity to the Xbox platform.
The ongoing debate highlights the passion and loyalty of fans from both Xbox and PlayStation communities. However, it serves as a reminder that decisions regarding exclusivity are ultimately driven by business strategies and acquisitions within the gaming industry.
As Starfield continues its development, fans eagerly await further updates and details about the highly anticipated space-faring RPG. Regardless of the petitions and fan sentiments, it is clear that Starfield’s fate as an Xbox exclusive has been sealed, and PlayStation fans may have to explore other avenues to satisfy their gaming interests.
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