Apparently PlayStation Saved One of Major Xbox Titles From ‘Falling Out’

Published 09/25/2023, 12:56 PM EDT

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Microsoft and Bethesda are doing great as their latest venture, Starfield rises to the heights of success. The game marks a new milestone in the achievements of this developer known for its very elaborate role-playing games. But not all of Bethesda’s games are as successful as they would hope. Sometimes developers take steps in a completely unexplored direction and they end up with a dud.

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That’s what happened when they decided to give one of their franchises a new direction, which did not sit very well with their fanbase. And when Microsoft bought Bethesda, they had to make a very tough decision to take it down. But before it could be closed down, this game was saved by a very interesting and unexpected move on Phil Spencer’s part.

Microsoft saved Fallout 76 by bringing it to PlayStation Now!

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Fallout 76 at launch was a deserted game with no NPCs, uninspired quests, and Bethesda’s trademark bugs and glitches. All these things came together to make the game a very bad experience for the fans. Bethesda worked very hard to fix it; they added huge new expansions to it and slowly built the Fallout MMO that fans had always wanted. However, it was too late.

Most fans had moved on. And Xbox boss Phil Spencer suggested that if this gets below 10 million concurrent players, they should think about taking it offline. Before that, though, they decided to give putting this game on PlayStation Now a try. And that did the job; the game got a stable player base thanks to that step.

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All this information was revealed through a leaked email where Spencer said, “In my view Fallout 76 is in this interesting place. Obviously started rough. The team stays focused on improving and finding a larger audience. Feels like we either need to see this thing getting to 10M MAU across all platforms or decide to move on from it and if you believe PSNow can support it gaining relevance then I’m supportive.”

What exactly is PlayStation Now?

PlayStation Now is Sony’s own cloud gaming service. They launched this service for PC, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita in 2014. Eventually, PlayStation 5 was added to the supported platforms, too. Players can use this service to stream games from multiple generations of PlayStation consoles. The service has pretty much every PlayStation 4 game on it, and many fans have accepted it as their secondary source of gaming.

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Besides that, PS now also has games from PS2, PS5, and PS3, effectively giving subscribers a library of around 700 games to try and enjoy. And it is a robust library too. At this very moment, a fan can pick any of the supported devices and start playing massive games such as Spider-Man Miles Morales and Ghost of Tsushima. Maybe this is why Fallout 76 found a whole new audience in this service. Players can access it anywhere, which is an added bonus.

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Rohit Sejwal

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Rohit Sejwal is a veteran eSports writer at EssentiallySports, with a passion for gaming that has been fueled by over a decade of experience in both playing and writing about games. His deep understanding of gaming and its finer nuances is evident in his engaging and insightful coverage of eSports. With a Masters degree in Science in film-making, Rohit brings a unique perspective to gaming, viewing it as a perfect blend of science and art.
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