Valheim Exclusive to Xbox for Only Six Months

Valheim was released on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One earlier this week, but it seems like it won't be exclusive to those consoles for as long as first

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yarbie100076d ago

Microsoft and their hypocrisy shines again, paying to keep games off other platforms.

I'm sure users will say why it's okay for Playstation to have exclusives and not Microsoft. But they'll completely ignore the hypocrisy argument. No where is Sony declaring when everyone plays we all win, saying exclusives are anti gaming. Saying it's bad to pay to keep games off other platforms. Microsoft says all these things while doing the complete opposite. Lies of P

MadLad76d ago

People need to just buy all the consoles, or just hush up and enjoy the one they chose.

These fanboy wars are obnoxious. Leaning on every damn word anyone of any company might have said at one point in time.

These are giant companies. All they care about is the bottom line. None of them are your friend. The only reason they know your name is because you gave them your credit card.

S2Killinit76d ago (Edited 76d ago )

What is with the kumbaya all of a sudden?

Is this not your comment?

“ Sony literally pays just to keep certain games off of Xbox. They don't own the company; they just throw money at people to keep them off their competition.”

What caused the change in attitude?

You now suggest we should all buy xbox? I see.

mocaak75d ago

Yet you are one of Microsoft's main cheerleeders, in full support of their acquisitions.

SullysCigar75d ago

Double standards are the worst.

Crows9075d ago

We could also opt for common sense. If I'm a developer and choose not to release on the biggest console market....I've obviously been paid to do so.

However, the other way around isn't necessarily true. I don't have to have been paid to save money on development and testing my product in order to release on the smallest console market

Outside_ofthe_Box75d ago (Edited 75d ago )

Uh, MadLad...

You get on Sony the most for doing these type of deals and not "having them on payroll" and use Sony doing these type of deals to justify the Activision purchase. Well Microsoft is doing the exact thing you bitch at Sony for and this isn't something that happened years ago but is happening now. And now you're playing the whole "both companies just care about your money" and "stop being a fanboy hanging on to every word a company says"? Where was this during the Activision and Square Enix articles? Let me guess because it's Microsoft you are now taking the level headed approach eh?

Ashunderfire8673d ago

I wish I could upvote you more to beat the disagrees, but I agree with you lol 😆 gamers here don’t like the Factz!!! Microsoft and Sony absolutely love your credit cards 💳 and wish they could just keep it until it’s all empty out.

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343_Guilty_Spark76d ago

Dude it’s 6 months. Where is SF5 and FF7 remake on Xbox?

lodossrage76d ago (Edited 76d ago )

Probably the same place games like Splinter Cell Conviction and Cobalt are for Playstation

MrNinosan76d ago

FF7 Remake will probably never be released on Xbox (which it could've been for over 2 years now), due to Xbox gamers doesn't buy SquareEnix games.
SE have tried, over and over again, but the same result is showing every time, so it's no surprise SE is ignoring Xbox consoles more frequently.

yarbie100076d ago

I literally gave you the answer before you typed this and you still failed. Congrats

DOMination-75d ago

"FF7 Remake will probably never be released on Xbox (which it could've been for over 2 years now), due to Xbox gamers doesn't buy SquareEnix games."

Nearly 2 million bought physical copies of FF15 on Xbox. Sure, the ratio is 5:1 but it's still a significant amount of money that SE are giving up - If Control made 92 million euros in revenue with 3 million, it's going to be at least 60m plus any digital sales.

You'd have to imagine that Sony paid at least that amount of money for both FF7R and FF16 as compensation. Personally, I'd rather they use that money on studios rather than on games that would have been on PS5 anyway. And the same thing goes for Microsoft with stuff like Valheim timed exclusivity.

IamTylerDurden175d ago (Edited 75d ago )

Where's Titanfall 1? Dead Rising 3? It's been a decade. But act like MS is innocent just bc AAA pubs want no part of XB exclusity these days due to lower install and Gamepass killing sales. Microsoft still does it, they just can't reel the big fish due to inferiority. They still keep games off PS forever, see The Gunk. It's not a moral decision to do it only with the worst games, it's ineptitude, and u celebrate it lol. Just like Titanfall on XB1 MS would still do it with good aaa games but it's not financially feasible due to lower sales/GP and regardless of their wealth they still aim to make smart business decisions rather than waste money like any profitable business.

Yet u cheer for pub aquisitions that will make entire IP exclusive forever lol. U probably loved the Bethesda deal but Stafield being scrapped from PS after it started development on the platform is np? New releases in mainline Elder Scrolls n Fallout being banished from PS is ok? Not 1-2 yrs for a game but numerous multiplat IP forever. That u cheer for lol.

MrNinosan75d ago

It has not even sold close to 2 million including digital copies on Xbox.
What are you smoking?
Only in UK at launch, it got 1:5 sales compared, rest of Europe was 1:10 and then it was released on PC.

VGChartz who tends to overtrack Xbox sales, put it at 1.1 million Xbox copies, including digital.

343_Guilty_Spark75d ago


Did you really say Cobalt? Nobody played Cobalt.

The creative director behind SCC said it was originally built for Xbox.


If Xbox gamers don't play SE games then why are SE games on Gamepass? Why does SE put games on Xbox at all?

lodossrage75d ago



Did you really say Cobalt? Nobody played Cobalt.

he creative director behind SCC said it was originally built for Xbox. "

Yeah, I REALLY said cobalt. Because regardless of who it was "built for", THAT GAME was still going to be multiplaform UNTIL Microsoft bought Mojang.

And what does "nobody playing it" have to do with anything? That doesn't have any bearing on the fact that it was meant to be a multiplatform game that Microsoft made exclusive.

shinoff218375d ago (Edited 75d ago )


They probably feel they wouldn't sell. Check the stats. Ms has also had complete 3rd party exclusives stop being so naive


How much is development cost though do those 2 million copies sold equal development cost. How many were sold at 20 dollars 15 dollars, etc. I'll put money on all those 2 million werent full price. There's more to it

wiz719175d ago

@lodossrage it seems like to me SP Conviction is exclusive to Xbox because of Ubisoft not MS .. Unlike FF 7 remake where Square doesn’t even have a choice.

wiz719175d ago

@Mr. Ninosan so are you saying SE games sales absolutely no games on XBOX ? Or are you comparing sales ? I’m going to assume you know how math works. 117 million Vs around 40+ million .. lol that’s 77 million more PS4 in ppl homes , so obviously FF will sell more on PS then Xbox .. that’s not lack of support it’s the fact one console sold a shit more then the other.

lodossrage75d ago


Square did have a choice. Either take the money or don't. It's that simple. Still doesn't explain Cobalt btw.

Or how about Dead Rising 3. That's another one people don't mention.

The point still remains timed exclusives doesn't excuse buying off an industry.

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neutralgamer199276d ago

Let's argue more because that's all gaming community is now a days. Neither company is in the business for our good graces and looking out for what's best for gamers above their own business interests

Because people keep asking whenever any exclusives or timed exclusives are brought up

SF5 is permanently exclusive because Capcom for some dumb reason didn't want to fund the development. FF7 remake will never come to Xbox because Sony paid for development costs and they will buy square enix once this Activision fiasco clears

Sony in general likes doing timed exclusive deals while Ms likes buying publishers and turning their games permanently exclusives

Buy whatever platform you prefer and enjoy. I am a long time PlayStation fan but I bought a XSX because I don't want to miss out on games I like( and I don't have a gaming PC)

kingnick75d ago

Sony are in a dominant market position so it would be very expensive in the long run for Microsoft to buy timed exclusivity for big AAA games. Many developers and publishers wouldn't even consider timed or permanent exclusivity for Xbox because of the amount of money they'd loose out on for not having their games on PS consoles.

Microsoft is running their business how they see fit and Sony is doing the same.

The scattergun approach Microsoft is indicating with their talk around the ABK merger could end up being a net negative in the longrun, Microsoft has a history of loosing focus which is why the Xbox 360 ran out of steam and we got the abysmal XO reveal.

kingnick75d ago

Hypocrites cry it's anti-competitive when Microsoft does timed exclusives but say it's great for games and gamers when Sony does it. But of course Sony are the little underdog with a dominant market position and totally don't have a well documented history of anti-competitive tactics like Microsoft.

Sometimes developers just don't have the resources to put out a game simultaneously on all platforms so sometimes a deal makes sense. I can't see how a developer with sufficient resources isn't better off releasing the same day on PS5 and Xbox Series given both consoles are more similar then any other Xbox and PS console in a given generation.

Microsoft and Sony need to stop whining if they're doing the same anti-competitive crap they're whining about, it just makes them look pathetic.

SullysCigar75d ago

"Hypocrites cry it's anti-competitive when Microsoft does timed exclusives but say it's great for games and gamers when Sony does it"

Can you give us an example of where this has happened, outside of in your own head?

Abracadabra75d ago

Did you really expect Microsoft to stand still while Sony goes after 3rd party exclusive, after 3rd party exclusive, after 3rd party exclusive...?

Outside_ofthe_Box75d ago

Microsoft has always done these type of deals. They have never stood still on it.

IamTylerDurden175d ago (Edited 75d ago )

Third party exclusives have been in gaming for ages. Ppl act like Microsoft isn't guilty of "keeping games off other platforms" simply bc they aren't able to procure significant games with the same frequency nor does their current business model necessitate it. For one, XB has had roughly half the install base going on a decade thus making the platform less desirable for third party exclusives. For two, the inception of GP has made the platform even less desirable for AAA exclusivity due cannibalizing sales which MS has admitted. So, combine half the user base and a system that stymies sales and it's no wonder MS has failed to deliver quality third party exclusives. There's a reason why these games are largely underwhelming AAs and indies that merely garner 3-6 months of exclusivity. And it bothers me that MS is often vague about the windows often promoting games as if they are legitimate console exclusives only to stealth release on PS a few months later. Would we have known STALKER 2 was 3 months if it hadn't been in court docs? They promoted Tunic and Inside like they were their babies. The Medium as well. If ppl knew these games were 3-6 months they might wait to play them on their platform of choice, hence why MS is often not transparent with the windows. It just feels deceptive. Oh, and let's not act like MS wasn't all in to keep games off PS before GP forced AAA pubs away from launch day 1 exclusive. Ryse, DR3, Titanfall, ReCore. These were XB1 games forever banished from PS even when sequels like TF2 n DR4 released on PS4. PUBG was huge and it was held from PS for a while. MS didn't announce the timed window. Same with Rise of the TR. Not only did MS grab extensive exclusivity but they did it at the last second after the game i believe debuted on Sony's stage and they gagged SE so they couldn't tell ppl if/when it would release on other platforms aka PS. Ppl speculated if it would ever come to PS. And they did it out of spite for U4 releasing. MS often gags pubs in these scenarios. Hence why i knew The Medium would be on PS in less than a yr bc they has Bloober saying the same vague bs with Blair Witch releasing on PS. I have an XB Series, i'm good, but it's unfortunate for those left to wonder if/when these games will release on their platform. Luckily Valheim's timed date was announced, though, i'm not particularly impressed with Val. But in conclusion it's ironic MS gets a pass in terms of keeping games off other platforms when they clearly do it...just not as well.

lelo2play75d ago (Edited 75d ago )

Quite short-sighted, aren't you!
Speaking about being vague... How long is FF16 exclusive to PS5?

Sony has been vague about time length of 3rd party exclusives for ages, even way before Microsoft entered the console business. You probably don't remember the timed exclusive deal Sony made with Rockstar for GTA3 on the PS2...

KillBill75d ago

You can't triple double reversie the exclusivity argument. Microsoft is not the one complaining about exclusivity. Sony is publicly doing that while forgetting to point out their own exclusivity. Microsoft has simply acknowledged that exclusivity is a part of the business and that Sony's claims of Microsoft being the only ones allowed to do it is ridiculous.

Outside_ofthe_Box75d ago

Huh? Phil Spencer has been very public about putting games on all platforms and how he isn't about keeping games/content off of other platforms.

KillBill73d ago

@Outside_ofthe_Box - and Phil has specified that their method of the faith of that argument is with Game Pass. And they have offered Sony to put Game Pass onto PlayStation. Sony said... no.

Wikkid66675d ago

It's not a MS deal. It's simply because Xbox allows "Game Previews" and Sony doesn't.

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chobit_A5HL3Y76d ago

i mean, everyone with common sense knew it was timed unless there was a bigger announcement that ms had actually bought either the studio or exclusivity. whenever a dev says, "we have no plans to release on 'x' right now", that's just pr for, "we're not allowed to say we're releasing on another platform in the future" lol

IamTylerDurden175d ago

So u celebrate deceptiveness? Shouldn't MS announce the exclusivity windows upon the XB release announcement? They very rarely if ever do. The majority of gamers are casual and do not understand the way us hardcore do. It's deceptive. By no means are other pubs innocent of this but MS is the king of not being transparent and nobody calls them out. They put an embargo on games shown at E3 so websites couldn't crystalize the fact that games like Wo Long weren't exclusive. Look at Twitter n YT there are a trove of fans who don't know any better and these tactics aim to exploit them. Otherwise MS would just announce the dates on every game.

SoulWarrior76d ago

I think this now gives Sony justification to buy loads of studios for the sake of competition.

darkrider76d ago

Not studios. Publishers. Much worse to all gamers. Sony can buy 2 publishers in the same gen and nobody can stop them!

IamTylerDurden175d ago

Sony bought a publisher named Bungie and their games will remain multi.

kingnick75d ago

Given Sony's dominant console market position they don't have to buy developers/publishers because they can cut a deal and developers/publishers will be happy they're still accessing a sufficient percentage of the total console userbase.

I wouldn't do a timed exclusivity if I owned a developer or publisher with Microsoft not because Xbox sucks or PS5 is much better but because it'd mean missing out on a lot of potential sales.

darkrider76d ago (Edited 76d ago )

This just shows that argument that some use to justify buying publishers doesn't make sense. Getting timed exclusive was something done all the time. Nobody can compare taking multiple games from hundreds of millions of players.... Or destroy versions of the games that were already made because they don't want on Sony consoles... Games that Microsoft doesnt have anything with...

kingnick75d ago

Microsoft is buying developers and publishers because developers and publishers won't sign timed exclusivity for big AAA games because of Microsoft's market share of last and current gen consoles combined and Microsoft want to have content to drive Game Pass as a service.

darkrider75d ago

Lies. Microsoft got money to get exclusivity deals and have already made so many....

Reaper22_75d ago (Edited 75d ago )

Nobody's taking anything. People need to realize that regardless of what we want, these companies are gonna do what they want. As consumers we don't own anything. I do think that some ps fans are being hypocrites about this exclusive stuff. Sony's doing similar things that microsoft is doing but on a smaller scale. If sony could could make large purchases like this they would. Microsoft has the cash to do it right now so they're doing it. People say they dont innovate and get their own stuff but I remember when sony bought Gaikai people cheered and said how great it was. I think if sony could of bought a huge publisher they would of. The problem is that they aren't as cash rich and really don't need to be to have continued success.

jznrpg76d ago (Edited 76d ago )

Knew it was timed just like Stalker 2 , Scorn (not that many care) The Medium and many more. There is a long list of paid timed games for MS but for some reason media doesn’t talk about them

badz14975d ago

it's only bad if Sony is doing it. plus, the ActiBliz buyout is the best thing ever that can happen to the industry in our united fight against the evil Tencent


IamTylerDurden175d ago

Tencent isn't making IP exclusive forever though. MS is.

shinoff218375d ago

Bs badz149

Atleast tencent would've kept multiplatform. Say wtf you want

343_Guilty_Spark75d ago (Edited 75d ago )

Why should they? None of those are system sellers. Scorn is trash.


They make more keeping games like COD MINECRAFT and Overwatch on PS consoles

InUrFoxHole74d ago

They do. How many articles would you like to see?