Submitted by DavePSU 120d ago | opinion piece

Gamer Mondays: Third-Party Exclusives Can be Good

"Last week Microsoft revealed at Gamescom an exclusive partnership with Square Enix that would make Rise of the Tomb Raider an Xbox One exclusive for Holiday 2015. After this announcement was made, as expected, gamers were furious." David Wales, Stealthy Box (PS4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Xbox One)

The_Infected  +   121d ago
Gamer Mondays: Third-Party Exclusives "Can't" be Good

There fixed it for you:)
BattleAxe  +   120d ago
MGS4 was pretty darn good....
lifeisgamesok  +   121d ago
Of course they can

If I was a publisher and I knew of a developer with a hit franchise that was running into problems financially I'd help them in exchange for a exclusive game/s,

It sucks for gamers that don't own the console but it makes said console a better product
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ziggurcat  +   121d ago
... except the money they gave them wasn't to help the development of the game... which is why it's not purely exclusive.

and i don't see how a timed exclusive makes the xbone a "better product."
mrpsychoticstalker  +   121d ago

So in the long run, where that franchise goes and everything else, that'll be theirs to drive. But this was an interesting opportunity for us. So when they came to us with the opportunity to do something, absolutely it was something we looked at hard and it worked out, and I'm glad it did.

Work on your reading skills.
ziggurcat  +   121d ago
nope. that doesn't say anything about SE/CD asking for help in order to fund the game.

nice try.
700p  +   120d ago
A timed exclusive that goes to pc. So its technically a console exclusive because it wont come out on ps4. Most console gamers do not game on pc.
iamnsuperman  +   120d ago
Phil Spencer said it was (in an indirect way) but I have my doubts. SE had already green lighted the production and they would have been going for about a year already (if it releases in a years time). I actually think SE has no confidence in the franchise (even though it sold well they thought it was a faliure) and so want to get paid (get some external funding) to make it more finacially successful (even though the release window and being on one platform is going to reduce this by quite a lot)
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Ridiick  +   120d ago
Agree with ziggurcat, I haven't read about new employee in Crystal Dynamic and they are not going to delay the game to improve it. This money is just to compensate lack of sales. This is money that could be used for development of a new Microsoft game that is not going to exist.

This is bad for everyone and I hope Sony dont copy this way of waste the money. I prefer a new game that couldn't exist wihtout Sony budget that an exclusive GTA6 for Sony. And If I were a xboxer I would prefer more Sunsets and more Titanfall that an exclusive of a game that was going to be launched in may console anyway.
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cfc78  +   121d ago
Third parties should remain third parties keep it neutral and keep everyone happy while helping themselves in the process with the most sales possible though if a developer asks for money for their game to reach it's true potential then that's a different story entirely it seems there's a right and wrong way to go about the situation.
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Majin-vegeta  +   120d ago
If its a new ip i dont mind.But when its a damn sequel that was released on multiple platforms you dont do some bs like that just to keep it.off other platfotms.All ou garnish from that is hate and despise by fans of.other platforms that were anticipating.it.
OtakuDJK1NG  +   120d ago
Base on your statement. Does Bayonetta 2 wounds still exist?
iamnsuperman  +   120d ago
Bayonetta 2 is basically is more of a reboot than sequel. Without Nintendo it wouldn't exist (though I do question why Nintendo helped a franchise that struggled). Tomb Raider would have. They would have started production, what, a year ago (if it is comming next year)
breakpad  +   120d ago
off course they can...they must exist third party exclusives or else is not worth buying a specific console only for its first party titles ... whoever says exclusivity is bad is either idiot or clueless about gaming
SaveFerris  +   120d ago
Enough about third-party exclusives, what about fourth-party exclusives?
HeWhoWalks  +   120d ago
Oh, how I remember an entirely different sentiment when many 3rd party PlayStation exclusives were suddenly going multiplatform. It was: "everyone should get to play the game" and: "it's too expensive keeping 3rd party games exclusive."

Now, they're: "good for the industry". How quickly opinions change when a different party is involved.

My bottom line - I don't mind 3rd party exclusives, just not of a franchise that has been nothing but multiplatform for the last decade.
iamnsuperman  +   120d ago
In the PS2 era it made sense (considering the market share it had). With the PS3 and 360 it made sense to move them over since as both had huge instal bases. I have no idea why it is reverting back especially on the least popular system (out of the two). That doesn't make sense. It still wouldn't make sense if they went PS4 exclusive this early on.

It is a sign of struggling studios and dying franchise which exclusivity deals are not going to help (look at dead rising and ryse). Though I think Microsoft has more to loose with this deal. If this flops what Studio is going to partner with them on exclusivity deals (that's three games, four if you count Titanfall, in a short space of time not doing spectacularly)
colonel179  +   120d ago
I think third party exclusives can be great, and there should be much more. With that said, I think it sucks to have direct sequel going exclusive.

One thing is announcing Tomb Raider as an exclusive, other thing entirely is to announce its sequel exclusive (timed, after all) and worse when going exclusive to the platform that sell the least amount of copies on.

So, if they want to have third party exclusives, that's fine. TItanfall, Sunset Overdrive, those are examples of good third party exclusives. Tomb Raider sequel, example of bad third party exclusive.
KeeseToast  +   120d ago
Sunset Overdrive is a second-party exclusive.
colonel179  +   120d ago
It's third party, because Insomniac is keeping the IP, so Microsoft is only publishing the game. It would be second party if Microsoft owned the IP.

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