The term "console war" may now be associated with bygone times, filled with online quarrels waged by die-hard fans of devices from a particular manufacturer's stable. In the era of multiplatform launches or cross-play, the term may seem dead.
However, the console fan war has reminded us of itself through a rather paculiar online petition related to the upcoming RPG from Bethesda Softworks.
An act of desperation or perhaps an envious prank?
Acquisition of ZeniMax Media Inc. by Microsoft in 2020 made waves in the gaming community. One of the predictable consequences of the merger of the two giant companies was that future game launches of the acquired corporation would prioritize platforms associated with the Redmond giant.
This was the fate of, among others Starfield - the space RPG developed for years by Bethesda Softworks. Announced on September 6, the game will be released only on PC and Xbox Series S/X.
Several months after the announcement of the target platforms a group of fans of the PlayStation 5, now left out of the equation, decided to act, resulting in a peculiar petition on change.org.
The goal of the action, which at this point has already been supported by more than 2,100 people, is to put pressure on the game's developers, which is expected to result in a change in the status of Starfield to PS5 exclusive. In the words of Benjamin Dickey, creator of the petition:
"Bethesda games have been released on PlayStation for more than a decade. They perform better on PlayStation, run better and sell better. Xbox, and especially Phil Spencer, have NO INTEREST in taking them away."
Bitter words full of regret suggest that the lack of Starfield on PS5 has significantly affected the originator of the project. The opening of the petition may be an expression of the accumulated frustration over the fact that things took an unfavorable turn for Dickey.
Very possible, however, that the whole action is just a rather cruel joke aimed at mocking fans of Sony's console, who will not be able to experience the anticipated title on their favorite platform.
However, regardless of the purpose behind the petition, the result of more than 2,100 signatures is somewhat impressive and suggests how painful is the absence of Starfield on PlayStation 5 for many people.
Nevertheless the chances that the survey will have the desired effect seem, to put it mildly, rather slim..