Bethesda Not Rushing When It Comes to PS4, Xbox 720 Titles
While many ordinary video game aficionados and dedicated gaming journalists are anxious to see what the next generation of console gaming has to offer, some developers don’t see any reason to feel that way.
Pete Hines, Bethesda’s PR officer and Marketing Vice-President, told MCV this week that the company doesn’t feel constrained by the present generation of consoles, namely the Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U and Sony PlayStation 3.
Hines didn’t directly tell the British gaming site that Bethesda isn’t planning to release new titles for the so-called PS4 and Xbox 720, but his statements suggested that next-gen titles aren’t in Bethesda’s plans for now.
He opined that there would be an “obvious element of risk” involved in working on next-gen titles this early in the game, due to the dynamic nature of console gaming in general. Bethesda is noteworthy as one of the few developers that do not have an exclusive agreement (or several) with console manufacturers Sony, Microsoft and/or Nintendo.
Almost all video gaming rumors state that the Nintendo Wii U will be the first of the next-gen consoles to launch, most likely by November 2012.
Microsoft’s Xbox 720 may be a few months ahead of Sony’s PlayStation 4, as it is generally tipped for a Q4 2013 release date. Sony, on the other hand, may wait until the early part of 2014 before releasing the PS4. This aligns with the product release history of the latter two companies, as the Xbox 360 was released about a year before Sony released its PS3.