What the console exclusivity of Rise of the Tomb Raider and Street Fighter 5 mean for gamers, and why it might not be a good thing
Depending on your console of choice there will be other games to play. If Tomb Raider is Xbox exclusive, PS4 users have Uncharted, although not entirely the same. If Street Fighter 5 is Playstation exclusive, Xbox users have Killer Instinct. Gamers will not have problems finding games and may make them try new series to get their itch in the genres which is good for the industry.
It really comes down to what brought about these decisions. MS has pretty much made it known that they wanted some to compete against Uncharted so went for TR instead of making something themselves. We know Bayo2 is WiiU exclusive because the game had stopped being funded by SEGA and was not going to be released. We dont really know the situation as it stands with SF5. All we know is that Ono has publicly mentioned that he didnt have the resources of finances to create SF5: he could not even port USF4. Yet Sony is porting SF4 to the PS4 on their own accord through their 3PP studio (also doing the Yakuza 5 localisation because SEGA wont). For all we know, Sony is offering Ono the resources and finances to help get the game out. IF this is the reason, then being a PS4 exclusive is better than not coming out at all.
Well written article. I completely agree. I wanted to play sf5 but sadly will Will not but I will able to at rise of the tomb raider. I hope Tek ken comes to the one!
Sorry to disagree but its not well written. It is misinformation. All signs point to TR2 being a timed exclusive yet they state it is a lifetime exclusive. Misleading. I will be playing Rise of TR on my xb1 and will likely skip SF5 on my ps4 as I have lost interest in that franchise since SF2.
I wish MS would also publish a soul reaver remake. I would love to play that franchise again. Please Phil make it happen
This is exactly why I would love for MS to just buy up all the original Crystal Dynamic IPs which are honestly more Western style games compared to the other IPs of Square Enix.
Well you do have a point. Ms should just buy CD and all there IP's. it's not like square Enix is doing anything with them. In fact wasn't there a rumor not too long ago that SE have been looking to close CD because tomb raider didn't meet their expectations. I could be wrong though. But either way MS would be foolish not to get behind this game and maybe something else from CD in the future
When Final Fantasy, Tekken, Devil may cry, Kingdom Hearts, Zone of the Enders, Metal Gear Solid, Onimusha, Virtua Fighter were exclusive to Playstation 2 I didnt hear nobody complain When Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden, Shenmue 2, Panzer Dragoon Orta, Sega GT 2002, Breakdown, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Dino Crisis 3, Steel Battalion were exclusive to XBOX I didnt hear anyone complain. Nothing wrong with 3rd party exclusives. Its been going on for generations
square enix has stated that "microsoft will be publishing the rise of the tomb raider on xbox" that is a pretty important distinction considering they have also confirmed that it is a timed exclusive
This also happened with the first Mass Effect and Ninja Gaiden 2 only for them to later be published by EA and Tecmo respectively on other platforms. I fully expect this to happen on other platfors for the new tomb raider in the future (PC at least)
I normally don't try to pitch these things, but I wrote a blog on this very thing recently (pending approval, give it a look over and share your thoughts). I don't really believe there's any real exclusivity at hand here. Not for this or Street Fighter V.
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