Submitted by baj 600d ago | article

Why timed exclusives is a waste of resources

Rumors surfaced the other day about an upcoming announcement of a partnership between Microsoft and EA. While I’m sure this won’t mean exclusive games, it most definitely will involve exclusive content and timed DLC deals. This is a bad practice. (Industry, Microsoft, PS3, PS4, Sony, Xbox 360)

MariaHelFutura  +   600d ago
Timed exclusives are ridiculous, regardless of the platform. Unless, it's a super small studio that just can't develop them simultaneously.
Knight_Crawler  +   600d ago
While I do agree with you from a gamers perspective I have to disagree with you from a business perspective - take Mine Craft for example, the game is a 360 console exclusive and has sold over 1 million on the 360 and I can tell you that some casuals bought a 360 just to play MC.

Also Call of Duty time exclusives benefits MS alot when it comes to console sales.
kreate  +   600d ago
I highly doubt a casual gamer bought a 360 just to play minecraft. Assuming the gamer didnt have one from the beginning.
dcbronco  +   600d ago

That is what too many don't get. I know they believe they are special to companies but it's always about money. Companies will be good to you if the two issues can coexist. Everyone can agree that a large number of the original 360's failed and are most likely dead. Yet that timed deal for CoD made the 360 version sell more copies. By a couple of million. At ten dollars a copy that is a good business win. The 360 has fewer consoles live. Yet it sold more copies.

But there is no reason to believe they can't be doing an exclusive title. MS has more than enough money to get it done. It's not as if Sony is the only company that can get a third party exclusive. It's not like MS owns Epic. It is the smarter way of doing things. Look at what they have and give them a check for exclusivity.
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sway_z  +   600d ago
Timed exclusives are utterly pointless from the gamers point of view.

However, it must generate more sales for the console manufacturer, or it would have been put to sleep a long time ago.

I fully expect MS to draw the 'Timed Exclusive' card again throughout next gen. Especially with the industry buzz concerning MS and EA. Who are reportedly snuggled up in bed, making digital babies together. But you won't hear the end user complaining.

For the record, I'm anti-exclusivity.
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Jek_Porkins  +   600d ago
People complain because Microsoft goes out and does this a lot, but I don't ever see a complain when Sony does the same thing, but a lot of the time Sony doesn't get timed content, it's content that never comes to another console, which is worse in my opinion.

Timed content clearly works though, look at COD, I cant count all the times people were choosing which console to buy it for and then bought the 360 version because it has the maps first, hell when the games advertised on TV it just says Xbox "Jump In" and it never mentions another console.

I don't think it's a waste of resources because if you are an Xbox Live Gold member your paying for that content, paying for the exclusive beta's, demo's and content, as well as the features and things like that. It's a crafty business move, but it has really paid off when done right ie. Skyrim, COD and GTA.
punisher99  +   600d ago
"People complain because Microsoft goes out and does this a lot, but I don't ever see a complain when Sony does the same thing,"

Because its not about Sony and MS. Its about these developers/publishers selling themselves out. Game developers these days dont care about gamers. They care about who is going to give them that extra cash first out of Sony and MS. Why dont these developers support their fans equally across all platforms?? Why must they show favoritism?? Because for them, its all about the almighty dollar.
Jek_Porkins  +   600d ago
Because they are a business and like every other business it's about making money.

In a day and age where third party games are the most important commodity, companies are eager to offer an edge and that age is usually accepted.
dcbronco  +   600d ago
Punisher if I'm a developer and someone offers me an opportunity to avoid some of the risk involved with gaming I would be thankful. Developers having to be looking at companies go out of business around them and feel as if they are in a shootout. If someone offers a shield you are a fool to turn it down.
punisher99  +   600d ago
"Because they are a business and like every other business it's about making money."

Okay yeah. You are not wrong about that. But, they would make that money if they would just sell that DLC evenly at the same time across all platforms. Instead of settling for that quick buck from MS or Sony, they would make more money over the long haul.
Jek_Porkins  +   600d ago
No they wouldn't, because if you were going to buy DLC, you're going to buy it no matter who has it first. Plus the developer gets the money for the timed exclusive content.

I understand why people get angry over it, but as someone who owns every console and buys a game for a certain console based on DLC and timed content, you have to understand that it's a business and it does improve sales from time to time.

Exclusives are losing importance, there will be less and less third party exclusives next generation, so the edge will be who can get the better experience with these huge AAA third party games.
RonRico  +   600d ago
No, that's not true that someone would buy the DLC no matter the release date. A game looses it charm a little after a while and that DLC might not be so appealing of it comes out a few months later than another console. I was looking forward to the Skyrim DLC on PS3 and see what happened.
dirthurts  +   600d ago
I don't mind timed content. I'm a pretty patient guy.
What drives me nuts is characters and content that you can't have because it's only available on other platforms.
That's just kicking around the customers.
Y_5150  +   600d ago
There are exceptions. Like it makes sense that Kratos was exclusive to PlayStation platforms.
dirthurts  +   600d ago
Makes sense? Yes, but it still sucks.
ShaunCameron  +   600d ago
That's because the IP is owned by the hardware-manufacturer.

@ dirthurts

It is what it is. You want God Of War? Either get a Sony console or do without. Sony doesn't owe owners of rival consoles anything.
Typical-Guy  +   600d ago
This gen was all about Timed exclusivity and HD remakes and collections.... I hope next gen brings new games, new innovations, new IPs. Not a freaking exclusive level or a map.
admiralvic  +   600d ago
So the argument that they're bad is that they don't want to play them after X period... okay, that makes loads of sense.

Anyway, I think they're both good and bad at the same time. I know when I use to play online shooters all the time, the second the map pack came out I either lost all my friends or had to pony up the cash for the DLC. So if M$ wants to delay that fate by a few months, I won't be complaining. This also gives people a chance to save a few bucks, since it's a LOT easier to see if the DLC is worth the money if you literally can't buy the DLC atm. I think a lot of people would have been saved from the weak BL 2 DLC if it had been timed DLC. However, I do think it's an annoying practice. If people don't know about the timed element, they might read the move as one of loyalty, which I think is wrong.
KentBlake  +   600d ago
Timed exclusives are for people who don't have real exclusives.
Cam977  +   600d ago
XBOX has the most timed exclusives when compared to WII:U, PC and PS3.
YodaCracker  +   600d ago
Microsoft has their policy that a game has to release on the 360 simultaneously with other platforms, or it can not release on their platform. This is why you don't see more PS3 timed exclusives. Developers will either hold back to release at the same time (Final Fantasy XIII) or go exclusively with PS3. Sony requires bonus content if a game releases late on the PS3, so you will still see games like BioShock or Mass Effect 2 coming over late like hand-me-downs. If Sony is smart, they will put in place a policy like Microsoft's for the PS4 so their users don't always get the short end of the stick and they get amazing third party support like the 360 has.
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Cam977  +   600d ago
SCEE is so bad that SCEA basically get everything as a timed exclusive. SCEE still need to submit CS:GO, Machinarium Vita, Terraria and more that I've forgot about. SCEE are terrible.
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IRetrouk  +   600d ago
Yet we get the best ps+ deals
Mr-SellJack  +   600d ago
there's also timed exclusive stuff in the EU store,Ecolibrium and Motorstorm RC for ps vita,u cna download the program Media Go by Sony aswell and a few psn games,avatars,themes,apps,dlc. ..
MelonSaurus  +   600d ago
Why timed exclusives ARE a waste of resources -- Seriously how are you a writer if you can't even use correct grammar in your title? Who let this get approved?
BladerunnerZX  +   600d ago
What else is Microsoft going to do ?

Microsoft relies on 3rd party developers and publishers so heavily because the Xbox brand only has two major IPs - Halo and Gears of War.

Sure Forza is a good racing game but its not a system seller.

Microsoft has to have something to use as an example of why the overpriced Xbox Live gold is woth $60.00 a year..wich of course it is not.

If Microsoft really wanted to prove to hardcore gamers that Xbox Live was worth the extra $$$ they would remove all the ridiculous ads on the Xbox360 dashboard for all gold users and give free dlc and map packs for Halo and Gears of War to gold subscribers.
Mr-SellJack  +   600d ago
Yes!especially with BattleBlock Theater now!can't wait for 2 yrs just like Castle Crashers.
Magnus  +   600d ago
Timed exclusives use to be when trying to market a console. And having developers and publishers sticking with their console of choice use to be great to. Having a company pay for a timed exclusive to a game pisses of the fans nowadays. The way they stick it to the fans now is timmed addons and DLC. With companies bitching about how they think a great title sucks in sales. Tomb Raider I thought it was great and I thought the numbers looked great but to SquareEbnix the numbers were bad. Honestly if you wan to boost the numbers of a title or a franchise its better to go multiplatform. Still surprised Tomb Raider skipped the Wii-U.
CEOSteveBallmer  +   599d ago
Try Telling that to microsoft.
boldscot  +   599d ago
Timed exclusives are a waste of resources, but what about all that beautiful money muahahahaha?!

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