'Exclusives give hardware their identity,' says Zipper

"Exclusives are what give the hardware their identity," SOCOM: Special Forces lead designer Travis Steiner has told

The Zipper Interactive man feels that without exclusives things would be rather generic.

"Exclusives are what give the hardware their identity," Steiner said. "It's the brands, right? Ultimately hardware is important, but the hardware developers and the brands - PlayStation, or the other ones - are really defined by the exclusive titles. Without that, everything would be lost in a sea of... being generic, if you will."

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Nitrowolf22839d ago (Edited 2839d ago )

I agree 100% with what Zipper is saying here. What they say is true. If there was no exclusives then what would be the point of having both consoles (PS3 & 360) when they both have the exact same games then?
And yes exclusive do get better treatment then multi-platform form since the devs are mainly focusing on just the hardware they are given.

Corepred42839d ago

Yup, this Travis Steiner hit is square on the head. But there goes all the crybaby claims of: "exclusives don't matter anymore, we have plenty of multiplatforms to play!" Which is true but like he said exclusives are why you bought the console you did.

InTheKnow2839d ago (Edited 2839d ago )

Isn't Zipper exclusive to the PS3? Isn't Zipper being panned right now as we speak because of all the bugs and poor game play of Socom?

As for exclusives versus multi-plats, all I'm going to say is the multi-plats on the PS3 far out sell the PS3 exclusives by millions and millions. In point of fact, COD, the franchise, has sold more units on PS3 than ALL the PS3 exclusives combined, JUST SAYING. Take away the multi-platform games from PS3 and Sony would be dead in the water, same for Microsoft or Nintendo.

The FACT this guy is exclusive and trying to play up the importance of exclusivity for a console shows his agenda. Insomniac, Bungie and I suspect many more devs will want their IP's on as many consoles as possible. Will that make their games less than they are now, of course not. It should quite apparent by now that the 360, all of 6 years of age can hang with the super computer and in many ways excels it.

2011 is shaping up to be the best multi-platform gaming year yet. E3 will show that loud and clear and the 360 exclusives, whether you're a hater or not will be right at the top along side all games.

As for Zipper claiming that their game is doing some thing that multi-plats are not. Those words will come back to haunt them especially with all the problems that are being reported for the game.

Here's some TPS's you can expect to here in the next 12 months

Ghost Recon E3 2010

Spec-ops E3 2010

Gears Of War 3

While Ghost Recon and Spec ops ( which look INCREDIBLE btw ) are multi-plats, Gears 3 is 360 exclusive. Is Zipper implying that Socom looks better than these games and Gears imparticulary, I hope not.

ChozenWoan2839d ago

So your saying that it wouldn't matter if Halo, Fable, and Gears where to go multiplatform. lololololololol... yea right. Who would buy an Xbox if all it's games where available on the PS3 as well as PS3 exclusives. Honestly.

And vise versa, if all of the PS3 games where on the 360, but 360 had all the exclusives, I know I would be lying if I said I wouldn't get one asap.

Or who would get a Wii if all the Mario, Zelda, and Metroid games where multiplatform. Lets get real here.

Lets face it, exclusives are the heart of a console.

DigitalRaptor2839d ago (Edited 2839d ago )

It's okay. It is a MS troll/loyalist we're dealing with here. Twisting the words of developers and making false implications,

His agenda is obvious... Praise the importance of multi-platform/ third party over exclusive content because as it stands, Microsoft aren't offering much in terms of fresh and genuinely cultured exclusive content. Quite convenient, eh?

MR LOOKINGBILL2839d ago (Edited 2839d ago )

In a way exclusives are needed for a new console launch to establish its identity. Right now Sony is on a roll for this year and next year but 2013 which will be the seventh year of the console. Will Sony continue to pour exclusives into the ps3 or shift them to the ps4. Exclusives aren't needed in the later years of a consoles life.

VampiricDragon_2839d ago

exclusives are always needed.

BlackTar1872839d ago

Please whoever is agreeing with him please explain.

Etseix2839d ago

Tell me something i dont know D:, oh right, some devs out there still dont know this, nice job Zipper

Cardenjs2839d ago

I can believe that. I think that you can have anywhere from 15 to 50 percent of your workforce divided between each port.

soundslike2839d ago

...and extend the Socom 4 beta to fix it up as not to "deface the ps3"

MysticStrummer2839d ago

I can't speak for the single player aspect of it, but my time with the beta was very smooth and bug free. Smoothest beta I've ever played, in fact. No need for "fixing". I can't wait for the 19th.

soundslike2839d ago (Edited 2839d ago )

Have fun with 30 second lag

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