Gamers continue to question what constitutes an exclusive with news that Capcom’s Dead Rising 4 will be available exclusively on Xbox One and PC – for one year only.
Post-E3 2016, it’s clear that to Microsoft ‘exclusive’ means anything releasing on Xbox One and Windows 10. That includes Dead Rising 4. For PC gamers, it’s available for 90 days on Windows 10; for those on Xbox One, they’ll get a whole year before the console competition get their zombie-slaying hands on it.
Microsoft confirmed the news via Gamespot, saying:
‘Dead Rising 4′ on Xbox One is developed by Capcom and will be published in partnership with Microsoft. Fans will be able to play ‘Dead Rising 4’ first on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC this December. It will remain a Windows 10 exclusive for the first 90 days and console exclusive on Xbox One for one year. We’ve had a close and longstanding relationship with Capcom including the launch of Dead Rising as an Xbox 360 exclusive and Dead Rising 3 as an Xbox One exclusive. We’re thrilled to partner with Capcom once again to help bring their ambitious vision for ‘Dead Rising 4’ to life.
It follows Microsoft’s previous ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ as a timed rather than full exclusive – a game that’s due to go multi-console at the end of this year. More than that though, is the fact that the Dead Rising series has, historically, been Xbox-only since the Xbox 360 original.
Rather than a comment on Capcom’s faith, or lack of it, in the games console, this could be a case of once bitten, twice shy, linked to the studio’s dire performance with their Sony exclusive Street Fighter V.
Dead Rising 4 is a soft reboot of the original, shopping mall-set game featuring leather jacket-clad photographer Frank West reliving his worst nightmare during the Christmas shopping period (a horrifying experience even without flesh-drunk zombies).