Well, looks like I'm going to be writing quite a few blogs in close succession aren't I? But this topic has to be discussed. Why? Well because for those for whom an E3 victory is a matter of life and death, Final Fantasy VII's availability has become a talking point and it's about time it's analyzed.
Final Fantasy VII's remake was announced specifically with the words "Final Fantasy VII remake will appear first on Playstation 4." Naturally this sparked the "HA! You guys are happy for a timed exclusive that's going to be on Xbox later anyway" comments. Then naturally the comparison to Rise of the Tomb Raider was also made as both games are published by the same company, so let's analyze both games so that you'll understand why I'm telling the "we totally don't care about Final Fantasy VII's remake" Xbox fanboys to stop with the wishful thinking.
Final Fantasy VII was released in 1997 for the Playstation 1 to fantastic reception and critical acclaim. The game's story was so open-ended that it spawned its own metaseries of games, films, and written stories. Excluding the written stories and films, as those can be consumed in many ways, there are a staggering number of games that are either directly linked to Final Fantasy VII, or feature characters from the game. They are as follows, including FFVII itself.
Final Fantasy VII - Playstation 1 - 1997
Final Fantasy VII International - 1997 (Japan) - 2009 (PSN)
Final Fantasy VII PC - 1998, 2012 (Digital), 2013 (Steam)
Final Fantasy VII International PC - 2014 (Digital, Japan)
Final Fantasy VII PS4 - Q4 2015 (PC Port)
Final Fantasy VII iOS - Summer 2015 (PC Port)
Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII - 2004 (Japanese Mobile Phone)
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII - 2006 (Playstation 2)
Dirge of Cerberus International - 2008 (Playstation 2)
Dirge of Cerberus Lost Episode: Final Fantasy VII - 2007/2008 (Mobile)
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII: - 2007/2008 (Playstation Portable)
List of Games in which Final Fantasy 7 characters appeared prominently
Kingdom Hearts (PS2, PS3 as part of 1.5) Cloud, Aerith, Yuffie, Cid, Sephiroth.
Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories (GBA, PS2 as Re:CoM, PS3 as part of 1.5) Cloud, Aerith, Yuffie, Cid
Kingdom Hearts Coded (Mobile) Cloud, Cid
Kingdom Hearts 2 (PS2, PS3 as part of 2.5) Cloud, Aerith, Yuffie, Cid, Sephiroth, Biggs, Wedge, Jesse, Tifa.
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep (PSP, PS3 as part of 2.5) Zack
Kindgom Hearts Dream Drop Distance (3DS) Cloud, Zack
Final Fantasy Dissidia (PSP) Cloud, Sephiroth (playable), Cait Sith, Barret (non-playable)
Final Fantasy Dissidia 012 (PSP) Tifa, Cloud, Sephiroth (playable), Aerith, Cait Sith (non-playable).
There are also some lesser known games like Itadaki Street Special which features FFVII characters but I didn't put them on the list because, well it's a Japan only game most people have never heard of. I also omitted games like Final Fantasy Tactics where either the characters can be completely missed in the game, or never used at all to no detriment, and games like that one FF game for mobile that was riddled with microtransactions but had like literally every conceivable FF character in it. I can't remember the name, I'm sure someone will post it somewhere.
So as we can see, the total number of Playstation Platform games directly, or indirectly, linked with Final Fantasy VII is 12 out of 19. The total number, out of 19, linked directly, or indirectly, with Xbox is 0.
So now we move on to Tomb Raider. Tomb Raider was released in 1996 for DOS, Playstation 1, and Sega Saturn. Like Final Fantasy VII, Tomb Raider was released to high praise from gaming media and excellent reception by gamers the world over. Unlike Final Fantasy VII, Tomb Raider was immediately released on 3 platforms. This is a trend that would continue with the series, as follows.
Tomb Raider - 1996 - DOS, Sega Saturn, Playstation 1
Tomb Raider 2 - 1997 - Playstation, Windows. 1998 - Mac OS. 2009 - PSN (PS3, PSP). 2014 - iOS
Tomb Raider 3 - 1998 - Playstation, Windows. 1999 - Mac OS. 2009- PSN (PS3, PSP)
Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation - 1999 - Playstation, Windows. 2000 - Dreamcast, Mac OS. 2009 - PSN (PS3, PSP)
Tomb Raider Chronicles - 2000 - Dreamcast, Windows, PlayStation. 2011 - PlayStation Network (PS3, PSP)
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness - 2003 - PlayStation 2, Windows, Mac OS
Tomb Raider: Legend - 2006 - PlayStation 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, Windows, PSP, GCN. 2011 - PlayStation 3
Tomb Raider: Anniversary - 2007 - PlayStation 2, PSP, Xbox 360, Windows, Wii. 2008 - Mac OS X. 2011 - PlayStation 3
Tomb Raider: Underworld - 2008 - PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, Wii, Nintendo DS. 2009 - PlayStation 2. 2012 - Mac OS X.
Tomb Raider - 2013 - PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows. 2014 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac OS X.
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 2015 - Xbox 360, Xbox One. Playstation 4, PC - TBA (Link to Crystal Dynamics talking about unintended exclusivity... http://gamerant.com/rise-to...
Games excluded were mobile games, the PSN games like Tomb of Osiris, and the Tomb Raider Trilogy.
**EDIT** To those who will undoubtedly point out that I compared one game to an entire series, would you really want me to include all FF games, all of which (excluding FF3) have a presence on PS platforms and only XI, the XIII trilogy, and XV have a presence on Xbox platforms? It would really only prove my point even more. Plus, if I reduced the Tomb Raider series to one game, it'd have to be Rise of the Tomb Raider to coincide with the topic, which would still not bode well for Tomb Raider. **
So as we can see here, Tomb Raider began its life as a multiplatform title even excluding DOS from the first title. It then moved on for a couple of titles to be console exclusive to PS platforms before again resuming multiplatform status. Every Tomb Raider game, minus exclusions, has or will be on Playstation platforms, while 5 of them have appeared on Xbox platforms. We can grant Xbox a break for titles that were released before the original Xbox was released however.
What does this tell us? Well this tells us that, from a strictly numbers perspective, although both FFVII and Rise of the Tomb Raider were revealed with similar wording, historically speaking Final Fantasy VII has absolutely no presence on Xbox in any way. It does have a presence on PC. One would look at the fact that Final Fantasy XIII's whole trilogy has its presence on the Xbox platform, but the upcoming PC port release of Final Fantasy VII is PS4 exclusive and will not appear on Xbox One. Final Fantasy VII in almost all conceivable ways has been very tightly woven with the Playstation platform.
Tomb Raider as a franchise has been pretty much on everything. Just because its appearance has chiefly favoured the Playstation Platform doesn't negate the reality that only 2 Tomb Raider games have actually been console exclusive to the Playstation Platform. Historically speaking, Tomb Raider is everyone's franchise.
Now we move on to a possibility that I've so far only ever seen one person even hint at. That being that if the FFVII remake comes to PC, it's automatically coming to Xbox One via Windows 10. No. It doesn't work like that. Microsoft can't just circumvent Square-Enix that way and anyone thinking like that needs to go sit in a corner with a Dunce cap on their head. It'd also be illegal without SE's permission.
Finally, we move on to the money argument. Obviously a publisher wanting to maximize profit will put their game on as many platforms as possible. This would be the best argument for FFVII's remake to be coming to Xbox One. BUT. A lot of games are coming with console exclusivity to the PS4, excluding FFVII 3 games are coming from Square-Enix themselves. Those would be Nier 2, Star Ocean 5, and World of Final Fantasy (which also includes FFVII characters). Currently, Square-Enix have not announced any games with obvious console exclusivity for the Xbox One.
So if we're going to use the money argument, why would SE simply allow Sony to pay for console exclusivity if they know they can make more money off multiplatform?
Ok, so I think that has covered all of the bases and pretty much explained why we should stop hearing "it's coming to Xbox One" from those who allegedly "don't care" about the remake. Obviously, since FFXIII and FFXV are both games that have, or will, appear on the Xbox One respectively, nothing is impossible. But I ask you, dear readers, do you think you stand a chance betting against the house on the sole basis of the single word "first?"