Haze A Definite PS3 Exclusive, Ubisoft Made The Decision
This should clear things up beyond any shadow of a doubt, regardless of any rumor you may read.
When we learned Free Radical's promising FPS, Haze, would be a PlayStation 3 exclusive, we knew PS3 owners would be plenty happy. However, we also knew we'd start seeing a quadra-zillion rumors stating that the game actually isn't exclusive, primarily because Ubisoft is a bit erratic when it comes to exclusive projects. However, according to a recent Ripten interview with Haze script writer Rob Yescombe, this is a cut-and-dry situation:
"Why does everybody keep asking that? It’s a Playstation 3 exclusive. Buy a Playstation 3 and play it. I want it to be the reason people buy a Playstation 3."
Doesn't get much more straightforward than that, does it? No, wait...maybe they should ask another question, hinting at the possibility of the game hitting another platform some time down the road. Sure, let's give that a try. And what's Yescombe's answer to that?
"We’re a Playstation 3 exclusive. If by some magical wave of the wand that happens, I won’t be complaining. But we’re a Playstation 3 exclusive. I find it so confusing that some people are so offended at the idea that it will be format exclusive. But it’s like people get angry about it. What are you angry about?"
We have no idea what they're angry about, but at the very least, Yescombe has cleared this up as quickly and firmly as possible. Can we finally drop this now? There is one final point of interest, and it involves the decision to make the game exclusive; was it the developer's call or the publisher's? We assumed it would be Ubisoft's, and we were right:
"No, it’s not our decision.. It’s a publisher decision. And it’s not like this bizarre practice of gamers kind of demonising publishers like they’re some evil guy. Ubisoft have helped us out a lot on this game, in terms of being very supportive to the decisions that we wanted to make and to approve it."
Okay, so for the last time: Ubisoft has decided to make Haze a PlayStation 3 exclusive, and that's the way things are going to stay. We suppose a "magical wand" can pop up at some point, but for now, this is the way things are. Please, we can't handle any more unfounded speculation!
Related Game(s): Haze
4/7/2008 Ben Dutka