Konami is considering making ´Metal Gear Solid 4´ a multiplatform title, according to Electronic Gaming Monthly. On their latest magazine cover, they tease us with the headline ´Metal Gear Solid 4 on Xbox 360?´. What evidence the editors have for such an assertion will remain a mystery until the magazine is released. However, on the NeoGAF forums, former EGM editor Che Chou seeks to squash the rumours.
It's simply a rumor that Konami higher-ups are pressuring Kojima Productions to consider making MGS4 a multiplatform game because production costs on the game are unsurprisingly high and only getting higher. With PS3 install base numbers not looking all that rosy due to console cost and manufacturing problems, Konami is scared they can't recoup their investment on only 1 platform alone.
It's also a nice way to maybe blackmail Sony into giving Konami an incentive to keeping the game a PS3 exclusive, imo.
Whatever the case, I highly doubt it's going to happen so quit building yourself a disappointing kiloton bomb.
Of course, we have to be cautious about rumours that, at least until we read the article, are entirely unsubstantiated. If true, though, the consequences would be nothing short of devastating for Sony. The PS3 has already lost one of their three big guns with the ´Grand Theft Auto´ series and a number of smaller exclusives like ´Assassin´s Creed´.
Never mind ´Final Fantasy´. It´s MGS that is the gateway to both the Japanese and the US market (actually, us Europeans do not mind playing Snake, either). Losing MGS4 exclusivity could very well mean... well, losing. Other news outlets agree:
"Could this be the final blow to the major exclusives PS3 has over the Xbox?", Xboxic asks.
"Konami very well may be having cocktails with Ubisoft (Assassin's Creed) and getting whispers that exclusivity isn't as important as making money," Joystiq adds.
"It's fun to see the PS3 fanboys sweat over losing their most prized exclusive," Xbox360Fanboy asserts.
Thanks to: Joystiq, Xboxic