Last month, Xbox finally gave us our first look at Bethesda's upcoming action-adventure game Indiana Jones and the Great Circle. With Bethesda now being owned by Microsoft, one of the big questions surrounding the highly anticipated game is whether it will also be coming to PS5.
Last month, that answer was confirmed to us with Bethesda stating that Indiana Jones and the Great Circle would be released on Xbox Series X|S and PC later this year. However, that may no longer be the case.
A new report from The Verge claims that Bethesda "is also considering bringing Indiana Jones and the Great Circle to PS5."
Microsoft is reportedly rethinking its release strategy for certain Xbox games. Sources claim the company is "weighing up which titles will remain exclusive and others that will appear on Switch or PS5 in the future." Indiana Jones and the Great Circle is supposedly part of these talks.
It should be noted that if Microsoft moves to more of this multiplatform approach for its first-party games, it doesn't necessarily mean these games will be available on PlayStation or Switch at launch. The idea is that they will still be released as timed Xbox exclusives and eventually make their way to PS5 or Switch.
Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, for example, will launch first as an Xbox console exclusive. After a short period of exclusivity, it will release on PS5 a few months later. The Verge reports that Bethesda is targeting a December 2024 release window for Indiana Jones and the Great Circle for Xbox and PC, which means it could arrive on PS5 in spring 2025.
Microsoft's potential change in strategy has been met with mixed reactions. Xbox loyalists are convinced that this approach would water down the Xbox brand. There's a belief that even with timed exclusivity, a multiplatform release would fail to convince gamers to purchase an Xbox console over PlayStation.
Microsoft's decision to rethink its exclusivity comes on the heels of the company acquiring blockbuster franchises like Call of Duty as part of its purchase of Activision Blizzard.