An Indiana Jones game, previously announced by Bethesda subsidiary MachineGames, was planned for multiple platforms – but the contract with Disney was amended following Microsoft’s buyout of the publisher. Confirmation comes as part of the Federal Trade Commission’s ongoing court case regarding the Redmond firm’s proposed $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
Bethesda bigwig Pete Hines, who was grilled by FTC lawyers, confirmed that the publisher had originally signed a deal with Disney to release the game on multiple platforms. According to the FTC, this contract was later amended post-acquisition to exclude PlayStation platforms, and make the game an Xbox console exclusive.
FTC lawyer questioning Bethesda’s Pete Hines confirms that Disney had a deal for an Indiana Jones game that’d be for multiple consoles. Hines confirms. FTC says deal was amended post-acquisition to be Xbox only for consoles.
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The FTC is trying to temporarily block the acquisition, and legal proceedings are currently ongoing. As part of the case, Sony’s Jim Ryan has already admitted that his company won’t “risk” sharing PS6 details with Activision Blizzard should the deal close, while Microsoft has claimed that it’s “lost the console wars”.