Sony’s Lost Exclusives – Which Title is Next?

Sony Looses Exclusives

Over on Wired, Chris Kohler has posted a blog in reference to the exclusives that Sony has lost to the Xbox 360 and the Wii. He refrained from listing franchises exclusive to Sony systems that now have Xbox versions, because it was not relevant to the article and I understand his reasoning. I have posted the list of titles that are no longer exclusive, and with E3 looming we can only guess at how many other publishers and devs will also jump ship.

  1. Grand Theft Auto IV – PS3 & Xbox 360
  2. Assassin’s Creed – PS3 & Xbox 360
  3. Devil May Cry IV – Multi-platform
  4. Virtua Fighter 5 - PS3 & Xbox 360
  5. Beautiful Katamari – Supposedly an Xbox 360 ONLY, but we have heard that it is possibly in the works for the Wii
  6. Fatal InertiaXbox 360 Exclusive (made by the same developers as Bladestorm which may also be a possible PS3 no-no)

Chris goes on to say that it would not be in the realm of fantasy for Metal Gear Solid 4 or FF XIII to go mutli-platform as well, considering that Konami has done it before with Twin Snakes and Substance. He also mentions that Square Enix (FF XIII) is not blind to market changes.

Whether Sony loses more exclusives remains to be seen. Like I mentioned earlier, E3 is just around the corner so we should not be too surprised if we hear of more deserters in the next week or two. Does this spell the end of title exclusivity for consoles? Personally I do not believe it does – Microsoft has too much sway in the computer and gaming industry to never receive an exclusive from a dev other than themselves, and Nintendo can always rely on their own development team. Mario and Zelda still hold sway with a lot of gamers, and the Wii is gaining tremendous momentum.

As for Sony – give the PS3 some more time, get developers that can figure out how to build a game using Unreal Engine 3, lower the console price, and the PS3 will be just as huge as the PS2 was and still is – eventually.

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10 Comments on Sony’s Lost Exclusives – Which Title is Next?

SN

On July 3, 2007 at 5:48 pm

Why is it that no one can spell “lose” or “loses” properly?! I’m not nit-picking but that particular word is ALWAYS spelled incorrectly. I’m done now :)

Stephany

On July 3, 2007 at 6:13 pm

Thank you for pointing that out SN. I am sure you are familiar with the evils of spell-check. It is fixed. Be Happy! :lol:

Norbit

On July 3, 2007 at 7:27 pm

First up they never lost the exclusivity on Fatal Inertia and Beautiful Katamari because they never had exclusivity. That leaves the other 4 games which are multiplatform and only one of those titles is likely to sell over 3m. If big name titles were defecting from being Sony exclusives to being exclusive on the 360 it would indicate a shift but they aren’t. All but one (GTA) of Sony’s biggest sellers are still exclusive.

Norbit

On July 3, 2007 at 7:45 pm

BTW I find it funny that people make such a big deal about games originally slated just for the PS3 being released on the 360 but they seem to not notice when the opposite happens. For example it was announced yesterday that Blazing Angels 2 which was originally only announced for the 360 is now being released on the PS3 with exclusive content.

Norbit

On July 4, 2007 at 5:07 am

I just found out Fatal Inertia is definitely coming to the PS3

John Blaze

On July 4, 2007 at 7:50 am

“Chris goes on to say that it would not be in the realm of fantasy for Metal Gear Solid 4 or FF XIII to go multi-platform as well”

the most over repeated example of anti-ps3 bs on the web.

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On July 4, 2007 at 8:20 am

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Xboxlenny

On July 4, 2007 at 12:42 pm

Why be greedy? isnt it best for customers to have a choice? they should release on both. if PS3 are upset over that maby they have other things to worry on. but exclusive games do move systems for the fans that need to play their favourite game. I wouldnt buy a $600 PS3 for any single game. Nor would i buy a Xbox 360 for Halo 3. so i think multiplatform games are great it give us all a choice.

ras

On July 6, 2007 at 6:19 am

:smile: :shock: :shock: :shock: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :evil: :eek: :sad: :sad: :arrow: :shock: :???:

uguysaredumblikeshit

On March 30, 2008 at 5:57 am

Well yeah, all of you peoples’ comments are SOOO old, but MGS 4 might come to the Xbox 360, because MGS has came before. And GTA IV was all, ooh yeah, PS3 exclusive and all that before. But it isn’t anymore.