Developers Say Microsoft At Fault For Lack Of Exclusives
I’m still ticked off about Scalebound being scrapped. It was one of the few exclusives I was really looking forward to! With a lack of exclusives, what’s the point of choosing Xbox One over PS4?
I used to be a PC-only gamer, but with Halo 3 I got dragged into the world of console gaming purely because of LAN parties. I liked the game so much that I got myself a 360. I decided to check out another few exclusives like “Left 4 Dead”, “Dead Rising”, and “Gears of War”.
I loved them! It was also fun being able to tease a PS3 owning friend that I could play the games that she so badly wanted to try. The choice between consoles was more than just the specs; it also decided the games you’d get to play, and the ones you didn’t.
While I wish there was no such thing as an exclusive game, there’s no way that it’s going to stop. So since it’s going to happen anyway, I want some on my console that validate my purchase other than controller preference and the fact that I don’t want to give up my Gamerscore.
While I do actually love Xbox, comparing it to the PS4’s exclusives is disappointing. The PlayStation 4’s upcoming exclusives has games like “Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy”, “Detroit: Become Human”, “Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom”, “Spiderman”, “God of War”, “The Last of Us 2”, “Persona 5”, “Death Stranding”, and much more.
The exclusives on Xbox One this year are “Crackdown 3”, “Halo Wars 2”, “Phantom Dust” (yes it’s back on), “Sea of Thieves”, and “State of Decay 2”.
According to claims by Lionhead and Platinum Games, Microsoft puts a ton of pressure on developers, and would sometimes have demands that are unrealistic. These demands include short timeframes, tight deadlines, and very tight budgets. Sticking to a budget is one thing, but restricting it and breathing down a developer’s neck is another thing entirely. Wouldn’t Microsoft rather have a few really great exclusives that rake in the profits, rather than keeping the tight budget? If a game is fun and made really well, I have no issue paying a little extra for the season pass and possibly the deluxe edition (if there is one).
Are developers simply whining? Does Microsoft actually have ridiculous expectations? We can only hope that either Microsoft relaxes their demands, or some developers step up that can make a game within their budget and timeframe.
What exclusives do you wish were still on the table? Anything you hope is remade for the Xbox One? Let me know what you think in the comments!
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