Metal Gear Solid 4: The Last of the Great Third-Party Exclusives

mgs4solidsnake1-1.jpgReuters has an interesting article up today exploring the question, is Metal Gear Solid 4 destined to be the last of the great third-party exclusives? Video game production costs are rising these days, costing between $10 million and $50 million to make a quality title. Assistant producer for MGS4, Ryan Payton, says that the game will need to sell a million units on day one to recoup production costs. That’s quite a tough mark to hit, since only two other PS3 games have sold that many to date. Thus, many game developers are going multi-platform, a fact that Sony has been observing for some time now:

“We understand publishers are needing to recoup their investment,” said Peter Dille, senior vice president of marketing for Sony. “From our perspective, as long as the games aren’t going exclusive to other platforms, PS3 gamers are not actually losing anything.”

For my money, I doubt MGS4 will be the last great third-party exclusive, but they are becoming rarer these days. Still, as long as the console makers have enough money to lure developers to their camp, I’m sure we’ll continue to see the occasional major title remaining exclusive to one console or another.

Via Reuters

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On November 29, 2007 at 3:59 pm

I cant see Insomniac going multiplatform who make Ratchet & Clank and Resistance and I’m pretty sure Resistance 2 is going to be pretty big. Sucker Punch are also a safe bet to stay developing exclusively with Sony.

Even if all 3rd party devs go multiplatform Sony will still have exclusive franchises like Gran Turismo, The Getaway, Wipeout, SingStar, Jak & Daxter, Uncharted and God of War to name a few.


On November 29, 2007 at 6:11 pm

Indeed, and it will all play at 30FPS :lol:

Well see how many people stay exclusive to the PS3 after the Christmas rush shows that the sales of the PS3 are mediocre….developers and publishers want to make money off of their products, and unlike you don’t have a blind obsession to a piece of plastic.

used cisco

On November 29, 2007 at 6:55 pm

Dont forget, MGS4 will likely only be a TIMED exclusive.

PS3 lover Xbox H8R

On November 29, 2007 at 7:07 pm

Averre shiut the fcuk up you french flaming xbox g0t


On November 29, 2007 at 8:04 pm

Wow…I can’t believe is still believing that stupid rumor by the whore Francesca Ryes (editor of OXM) that MGS 4 will come over to the xbox 360. Jesus christ. MGS 4 is PS3 ONLY! It takes up all the space of the blu ray disk. Not only that, Hideo Kojima is a pretty big patriot of the ps3 and ps brand. Also Averre is obviously some , playing at 30 FPS?! – wow…dumb ass that has to mean ur “GALO” runs at 0.05 FPS. If many people think that mgs is the only one that will raise ps3 prices – think again. There will be 3 final fantasies coming out for it. FFXIII, FF VERSUS XIII, and FFVII remake. Don’t even think about responding to me, if you’re an xbox 360 fan.

Sir Swanky

On November 29, 2007 at 11:46 pm


Go back to playing your PS3, lover boy.


On November 30, 2007 at 4:28 am

“wow…dumb ass that has to mean ur “GALO” runs at 0.05 FPS”

wtf does that even mean?

do you think before you type something?

im not a halo (GALO!!! LMAO LFMAO ROLFCOPTERS) fan but you are just an idiot

Dameon Vence

On May 10, 2008 at 10:50 pm

I’m no fanboy, I own both consoles and have had extensive experience with both. I’ve dedicated my life to game, my life basically consists of playing and researching games. Although a fan of both consoles and their exclusives, I’ve noticed that the Ps3 does manage to surpass the 360 is basically every feature and genre of gameplay.

RPG: all Final Fantasy’s, Folklore, White Knight Chronicles, Disgaea 3,
Star Ocean 4, etc.

Action Adventure: God of War 3, Heavenly Sword, etc.

FPS: Haze, Resistance Series, Killzone 2, etc.

Third person shooters: MGS4, Warhawk, Uncharted, etc.

Racing: Motorstorm 1 and 2, Gran Turismo 5, etc.

Fighting: Tekken 6, others.

Platformers: Sly Cooper, Jak And Daxter, Ratchet And clank.

Sand-box: Infamous

User-Generated: Little Big Planet

The Exclusives list goes on and on.

Features: Free online, plus the addition of playstation Home, which is free as well. Blu-Ray won the format war, and PS3 dics use that format. PS3 and PSP connectivity, universal 1080p, superior internal hardware, this list goes on as well.

From what I’ve noticed, multi-platform games are also genreally better on PS3 due to sharper textures, less screen-tearing, faster load times, (due to hard drive installation) and overall superior graphics.