Respawn news puts third-party exclusives back on the table

StickSkills says, "We, as a community of gamers, are smarter than we were eight years ago, and our combined intelligence is going to change the console debate from last generation. This holiday season—assuming the next Xbox gets a holiday release date—chances are, sales won’t be about brand familiarity or social features. Instead, we’ll decide what system we’ll pledge our dough to based on the simplest factor at all: what games we want to play."

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Lionheart3771879d ago

This could really be massive for Microsoft, even if the company doesn't need another sci-fi fist-person shooter.

fr0sty1879d ago

We saw them try the third party exclusive thing last gen. It didn't work out very well for them. The only third party high profile exclusive they managed to hang onto for the full generation was Gears of War. All the rest, most notably the Mass Effect series, went on to appear on multiple other consoles. Hell, Microsoft even had to watch Bungie walk out on stage at the PS4 reveal.

Instead of wasting money on third party partnerships that will be undone as soon as the developer can find some loophole in the contract enabling them to sell their game to another console's audience (mass effect, ninja gaiden, etc), Microsoft needs to do what Sony did and beef up their first party studios. This has always been the Xbox brand's biggest flaw, you can never rely too heavily on third party games. The age of third party exclusivity is dead, unless you publish and fund the game yourself.

However, if the rumors of MS wanting to take Xbox into a more entertainment centered market are true, it could explain why they want to rely so heavily on third parties. Rather than investing in making new games, they are investing in TV shows for Xbox Live. These rumors make it seem like they think they can get by signing exclusivity contracts with popular third party developers. We'll see how that pans out.

ALLWRONG1879d ago

"We saw them try the third party exclusive thing last gen. It didn't work out very well for them"

First: it still "this" gen.

Second: Yes it did work out for them because most third party content sells more on the 360. In fact most software sells more on the 360.

Everything I said is true so make sure you hide my comment. I know how that isn't aloud here.

Gildarts1879d ago

that can not be further from the truth. Microsoft has been investing heavily in first-party studios these last couple of years, surpassing sony in numbers. And we are about to see the results.

Why o why1879d ago

' Yes it did work out for them because most third party content sells more on the 360. In fact most software sells more on the 360.'

lol, have any proof of that. Anything outside of NA even?

fr0sty1879d ago (Edited 1879d ago )


MS has more studios if you count the raw number, but once you break them down you come to realize that 5 of those studios are making casual kinect titles, and only 4-5 of them have ever released a multi-million copy selling game.

Sony invested in studios that had proven themselves before they were bought. Microsoft, not so much.


Your comment was about as intelligent as your spelling. You shouldn't be "aloud" on here. Most third party content sells on 360 because it has a better multiplayer environment and many multiplat games ran better on it due to it's ease of programming. Other than the halo games, Sony crushes MS first party sales in most cases. Compare Forza to Gran Turismo, for example.

JeffGUNZ1878d ago

@ Frosty

Compare Gears to Uncharted.

gaffyh1878d ago

@JeffGunz - If you think Gears can be compared to Uncharted, you've obviously never played Uncharted. The games are completely different. The only thing that is comparable to Gears is Quantum Theory.

On topic - If true, GREAT move by MS as it may make me by the console, but I don't think it would stay exclusive for more than a year, simply because of the similarities between the architectures 720 and PS4, and the fact that these guys are used to making their games across both platforms.

It's also unknown how well this game would sell, It will probably easily pass 5 million, but I don't think it will be anywhere near as popular as COD, which sells simply because of the name.

ichimaru1878d ago

Mass effect as a series was not owned by MS, EA didn't simply publish it like Respawn's new title

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AngelicIceDiamond1879d ago (Edited 1879d ago )

Respawns new game and 72 exclusive would be huge step in the right direction.

But since Respawn has an EA stamp on it, I expect this game to be always online, joining Bungie's new FPS ip Destiny.

I hope there's a 360 version.

EDIT: I hope this is true. If so it'll join Black tusks 4 new Ip's.

And whatever new multiple Ip's Rare's cookin up.

yesmynameissumo1879d ago

"This could really be massive for Microsoft, even if the company doesn't need another sci-fi fist-person shooter."

This makes no sense to me. Could be massive, but they don't need the game? Any new console needs as many worthwhile games as possible.

I just don't see this happening. First, the publisher...EA. Notice the studio closures? They're not leaving money on the table. Even being exclusive, they wouldn't make anywhere near what they would on at least PC and one other console. With them all sharing similar architecture this next gen, these companies are going to want to strike as many different platforms as possible. If anything, this is exclusive DLC, launch or both.

showtimefolks1879d ago (Edited 1879d ago )

i know its not the sexy or more attractive choice but maybe instead of wasting money on these timed exclusives they should actually buy few small development teams and give them resources and time to work on some new IP's even if for xblive

but maybe i am just old school gamer who see sony and nintendo being very successful for having so many studios and some excellent Ip's

but let's see, i would be very surprised if this REspawn deal happens since EA invested quite a lot so why all of the sudden let it go? even if their partners program is ending still games already in development under the program are fine like Respawn's new game along with Fuse

only thing that's gonna get rid of these rumors is the date May 21st than E3

CEOSteveBallmer1878d ago

"Reality isn't so kind. Everything doesn't work out the way you want it to. That's why... As long as you don’t get your hopes up, you can take anything... You feel less pain".

stage881878d ago

And of course it's Microsoft pulling this shit again...

GraveLord1878d ago

You haven't seen the game yet. For all we know this could be another Haze. Respawn Entertainment is an unproven developer and one of the lead developers left a couple months ago. The game seems to be in development hell considering it was rumored to be coming out this year. We haven't even seen a single piece of footage.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1878d ago (Edited 1878d ago )

Last time it seems EA favors sony. If EA and Activision start sleeping with MS then damn.

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Ken221879d ago

Lol basing this off a rumor.

StrongMan1879d ago

Yeah, just watch the usuals that spout "don't believe rumors" come in here and believe this rumor.

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Riderz13371879d ago

Lol it's very entertaining to watch. When it's a negative rumor "Don't listen to rumors". When it's a positive rumor "OMG I IZ EXCITED FOR DA 720 DERP". Predictable, yet entertaining to watch.

FrigidDARKNESS1879d ago

It has been known for some time that EA/MS forming a partnership but will be announced on May 21 . Some gamers are upset angry because EA is siding with MS thus leaving Sony standing out in the cold. Ubisoft has sided with Sony and folks are happy for that and xbox gamers aren't complaining as long as they get there game from Ubisoft.

JamieL1878d ago (Edited 1878d ago )

Strong how can you accuse anyone of changing their tune. I think that goes with the same EXACT way you and the other PS3 fanatics do when it's negative MS rumors it's "you have to be online=100% true", "no used games= 100% true", "MS doomed Sony reigns supreme= 100% true". When it's positive it's all "let's wait and see about that".
So what you're basically saying is you HATE when people act like you. Right? You don’t do yourself any favors do you? A hypocritical hypocrite.

Septic1878d ago

More like, when it's positive news, Sony fanboys go out of their way to report an article.

Remember the whole fiasco a week or so ago?

You complete utter shameless hypocrites.

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Catoplepas1879d ago

When were they off the table?

Sony's platforms receive several a year. As do Nintendo's.

Catoplepas1879d ago (Edited 1879d ago )

Without listing Vita games, in 2013 ALONE:

Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk
Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness
Dragon’s Crown
Dust 514
Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Tales of Xillia
The Guided Fate Paradox
The Witch and the Hundred Knights
Time and Eternity
Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix
Yakuza 5
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle

Let me guess. None of these count, right?

Lionheart3771879d ago

Not going to say none of them count at all. I don't agree with counting PS2 HD remakes as there's likely an exclusivity deal in place from before, but yeah, these are third-party Sony games. Japanese dominance of PS3 allows for it. Very few leading U.S. publishers give them the exclusive treatment, though.

Hicken1879d ago

So you ask the question, with the unspoken implication that there are none.

Then when over a dozen are listed, you try and minimize their importance. Doesn't matter what country they're from. Doesn't matter whether they're HD remakes or not(dunno what deal would have been "in place before," or how that would disqualify a game; you had to come up with something, though, I guess).

You could as well say that very few(read: none) leading Japanese publishers(and you probably mean developers here) give Microsoft the exclusive treatment. The primary point, though is that Microsoft is the one lacking this type of third party support, though the article makes it seem like the Xbox is reviving that trend.

Clearly, however, Catoplepas' list shows that's not that case.

SDF Repellent1879d ago

All those games listed are great if you LIVE in JAPAN! But if you live in America or Europe, like most N4G members are, do you expect 99.9% of them to care about these games at ALL? I surely don't because most of them, if not all, are games that are made to fit the Japanese demographic and most of them have Jap text and dialog that most of us just can't follow. In that essence, I don't count these games as important exclusives at all. If you can read Japanese and like these kind of games, sure, but most of population in the west don't even know about them.

CEOSteveBallmer1878d ago (Edited 1878d ago )

Its a shame when your avatar is a character from a "3rd party exclusive" game on Playstation. And yet theres a hint that you dont like sony.

@SDF Repellent, Some of those games are localized in north america and downloadable now on PSN like Nino kuni and atelier ayesha. It shows you don't own a PS3 console or no idea about it. You dont need to learn japanese because ahmmm they are already in english. Your trolling wont get you anywhere

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Catoplepas1879d ago

@SDF Repellent

With a name like that, your opinion on anything Sony related is pretty much dirt.

Still, thanks for your entirely predictable response.

Supermax1879d ago

Microsoft has never launched a new console without a exclusive fps shooter there is nothing new here,I'm looking forward to this new ip.

Evil_Ryu1879d ago

n4g shutdown my kotaku article when did they change to this no anonymous sources rule?

WeAreLegion1879d ago

Random idiot from the internet > Kotaku

Evil_Ryu1879d ago (Edited 1879d ago )

only if that random idiot is you

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