Sony’s Lost Exclusives – Which Title is Next?
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.
- Grand Theft Auto IV – PS3 & Xbox 360
- Assassin’s Creed – PS3 & Xbox 360
- Devil May Cry IV – Multi-platform
- Virtua Fighter 5 - PS3 & Xbox 360
- Beautiful Katamari – Supposedly an Xbox 360 ONLY, but we have heard that it is possibly in the works for the Wii
- Fatal Inertia – Xbox 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.