Capcom today confirmed that ´Devil May Cry 4´ will also be released on Microsoft´s Xbox360. The game was previously thought to be a PS3-exclusive.
Each version of the game will be maximized to take advantage of the systems’ strengths, leading to a breath-taking visual and gameplay experience. Devil May Cry 4 will be released simultaneously for the PS3 and Xbox 360 system.
“Capcom is committed to making its titles available to as wide an audience as possible, and has been building its technology base to meet that goal,” said Mark Beaumont, executive vice president, officer and head of Capcom consumer software publishing in the Americas and Europe. “This announcement means that PS3, Xbox 360 and PC owners worldwide will be able to experience the latest instalment of one of Capcom’s pillar franchises.”
Mark my words: this is not the end of it. More games, previously thought to be PS3-exclusives, will go multi-platform. For a start, there have been plenty rumours about ´Metal Gear Solid 4´ going multi-platform, too. And I strongly believe so. Why? PS3 exclusives do not make any business sense at the moment and for the foreseeable future.
According to the current sales estimates (be it via NexGen Wars or Videogame Charts), the PlayStation3´s entire installed hardware base amounts to not much more than two million units, if that.
And a high profile game on that platform needs to sell half a million units just to break even. So you currently need every fourth PS3 owner buying your game only in order for you to get your development costs back. That is the economics of the madhouse.
On top of that, consider the PS3´s rough ride in the mass media, which continued today in USA Today (thanks to Joystiq).
Sony's new PlayStation 3 video game has gone from top dog to underdog in record time. Despite the buildup and hype around its arrival in November, the PS3 has been outsold so far — at a rate of almost 2-to-1 — by the Nintendo Wii. (...) For Sony, that performance "is simply abysmal," says Newsweek's N'Gai Croal.
Thanks to: Neo, Joystiq