Starfield Has More Secrecy Around It Than NASA's Moon Landing, It Seems

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It appears that you can ask people from Bethesda whatever you like about Starfield, but no one has the clearance to say anything except for the industry legend, Todd Howard, Game Director. Speaking without media literacy training is uncommon in the video game industry. Still, after so much time filled with delays and debacles, you'd want them to be more lenient toward their fans.
While we're still on Xbox-exclusive games and whatnot, before we get into it, "this just in!" Phil Spencer just tweeted about signing a new deal with PlayStation regarding the future of Call of Duty. Everything is safe, and the industry behemoth still has a home on PlayStation.

"Microsoft and @PlayStation have signed a binding agreement to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation following the acquisition of Activision Blizzard," Phil's Twitter account said. Sadly, he didn't mention for how many years or in what capacity, but at least for now, fans can rest easy knowing their favorite game is safe.

During the FTC trial between Sony and Microsoft, information arose saying that over 1 million players on PlayStation consoles only play Call of Duty titles and nothing else. They don't even touch demos or trials from the PS Store.

PlayStation can earn as much as $1.5 billion per year simply from Call of Duty existing in their ecosystem. Given that the general split between publishers and digital stores is usually 70/30, this would mean that Activision, now Microsoft, stands to make around $3.5 billion with this sort of agreement.

If they have renegotiated the split with this new contract, that's a different story altogether, but it doesn't take away from the fact that CoD can make $5 billion a year on PlayStation consoles alone.

Other documents from the trial showed that Microsoft took over a $700 million hit by making Starfield and the upcoming Indiana Jones game exclusive to Xbox. Thankfully, losing another $3-4 billion annually by taking CoD off PlayStation isn't the case.

Regarding our space exploration game, Todd Howard is the only one allowed to give out new information about Starfield from the entire Bethesda team. This comes straight from another Starfield developer from Twitter, kindly asking people to stop asking him questions when only Todd can answer.

While this may sound disheartening, Starfield is attending the showfloor at Gamescom 2023 on August 23-27, which means more videos and information are coming.

People are incredibly excited about Starfield, and there are only 52 days until the Standard edition comes out on Xbox and PC. But that hasn't stopped hardcore fans from putting together 1,000+ page compendiums or building a Starfield ship for three months in Blender way before the official release date.

For those interested in playing it five days early, the $100 Premium Edition awaits you, along with the Shattered Space Story Expansion, Constellation Skin Pack: Equinox Laser Rifle, Spacesuit, Helmet, and Boost Pack, access to Starfield Digital, Artbook & Original Soundtrack.
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