Tuesday, March 20, 2007

´Devil May Cry 4´ no longer PS3-exclusive

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.

Source: Capcom
Thanks to: Neo, Joystiq


Anonymous said...

The final nail in the coffin will be to see a FF game go multi-platform. It's preaty hard to imagin, but hey, anything's possible.

Falafelkid said...

Hi Anonym.

Yup, you are right. Anything is possible. Just look at the economics of the current situation. That´s all companies like Square Enix see when they consider their platforms. Which is why their flagship series jumped ship when Nintendo lost the crown.

Anonymous said...

Oh, falafel, don't forget Ace Combat 6, another third-party exclusive PlayStation title that's heading to Microsoft's Xbox 360.

Man, Sony is losing exclusives left and right, and you should take a look at the outrageous responses over at most of the PlayStation forums!

Falafelkid said...

Hi Neo.

You should take a look at the outrageous responses over at most of the PlayStation forums!

I can´t. They get deleted too fast. ;)

Anonymous said...

LoL, I love what the Anonymous guy said! the final nail in the coffin. Aren't we forgetting that Final Fantasy 7 and 8 were both released on the PC! I think people need to pull their head out of the sand. Multi-platform gaming is not a bad thing. I personally love the original Xbox yet I owned a PS2 just for games like Devil May Cry, Gran Turismo and Final fantasy games. and I wished every day they would just release it on the xbox so i didnt have to waste the money buying a PS2. take for example Phantasy star online, that was a multi platform game. It started on DC and was a huge hit. I played it everyday. time passed and I sold the dreamcast and moved on. but the game has survived on other platforms. why are people getting so bent out of shape. if Halo 3 became multi platform you wouldnt see me an avid Xbox fan run up to the makers and slap them with a wet fish and have a cry afterwards. Why wouldnt I? because IF just IF the PS3 was a much better console than the Xbox 360. Id buy a PS3 and play HALO ALL DAY. As if the constent winging (boo hoo PS3 games are going multi platform) wasnt enough all the games that have threatend to do so are sequels to sequels to a prequel that eventually makes a prequal. where is the originality. If it was a game that was sooooo original and never before seen then I could understand the uproar! but please you have had three of these games to play before if not more and you will still be getting these new games. somebody please tell me are these people threatening to bouycot products for exclusivity scared that developers will realise that their console is S*$% and stop making games for them or are they acting like children? cause lets face it who would rather spend £500 to play Halo and Devil may cry of £1000. Il let you do the maths!

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