It’s undeniable that Sony are definitely getting into everyone’s good books as of late. Even after the PlayStation 4’s initial announcement back in February Sony has been praised for reaching out to developers both big and small to better design their console, especially with allowing indie developers to self-publish.
As confirmation that Sony have been reaching out to bigger developers, Bethesda’s vice president Pete Hines was asked by IGN about whether the beta of Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls Online was exclusive to the PlayStation 4 first as an apology for Bethesda’s previous games having troubles on the PlayStation 3.
It turns out that The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to the PS4 because Sony themselves are enthusiastic about the project, and Hines has testified that there’s been a “there’s been a big culture change” at Sony.
“It wasn’t intended that way. It was more just that when we were talking to the Sony guys, they were super excited about what we’re doing and what we can do together. They wanted to be big part of this.
There’s been a big culture change at Sony. The folks that are there now, that we work with, are not the folks that we were working with a year or two ago. Guys like Adam Boyes and the team that he’s put together on the third-party side – which is who we interact with – I think are being super proactive at reaching out to us. They’re saying, ‘we love your games. I played ‘Skyrim’ for 200 hours. I want to do more with you guys. What do you have going on?’ Honestly, Adam was like, ‘when can I come out and see everything that you’re making? I want to see everything you’re doing.’ Nobody had ever asked us that before. So just that dynamic is a little different.”
IGN also asked Hines if anything would be cut from the PC version compared console version.
“If we had to make changes to the game that these guys are envisioning to get it out on consoles, that’s not something we would be doing,” Hines said.
“But we feel like, as it is, right now, obviously the controls have to work differently because you’re not doing keyboard and mouse on a PS4, but otherwise the game experience should look and feel and play exactly the same. So why not put it out on those things? If we could do it on 360, we would probably be having that conversation, but it’s different. It’s not exactly the same. The ones that support it as envisioned are the ones that we’re putting it out for.”
The Elder Scrolls Online will be having two beta programs going on: one exclusive to the PS4, the other for the PC/Mac, from my understanding. For those who are interested in joining and getting access to The Elder Scrolls Online’s beta program first, gamers can head on over to elderscrollsonline.com and sign up for themselves.
If gamers are console users they will have to select either the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One tick boxes (the same goes for PC and Mac users too). Gamer will be given access to different versions of the game depending on whether the choose console or PC/Mac.
The Elder Scrolls Online will be hitting the shelves in Spring 2014, and will be available on PC, Mac, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. For information on the beta program, gamers can visit the unofficial Elder Scrolls Online database where (I honestly think) gamers will find the best information about the beta program.
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