Capcom: Microsoft Didn't Buy RE5
A troublesome rumor has been circulating throughout the Internet lately, and it revolves around Microsoft and Capcom's upcoming survival/horror blockbuster, Resident Evil 5. The rumor says that Microsoft has offered Capcom a big chunk of money to turn the simultaneous multiplatform release into a timed exclusive for the Xbox 360. Obviously, this has sent a wave of indignation through the sea of PlayStation 3 owners, but thankfully, Capcom has cleared this up.
According to a post made over at the publisher's official forums by Corporate Officer and Vice-President of Strategic Planning, Christian Svensson, the rumor isn't true: "The assertion is false. RE5 is a multiplatform release that fits with our oft-stated crossplatform strategy." Now, we know that Sony's policy of refusing to pay for timed exclusives remains in place (well, as far as we know), and Microsoft clearly has no bones about the practice, as evidenced by Bioshock. Therefore, perhaps it wouldn't be a big surprise to learn that MS had approached Capcom with the offer, but Svensson is saying this didn't happen. Or, if it did, Capcom refused the offer and kept with the initial plan. There is evidence of Capcom siding with the 360 early on - Dead Rising and Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, for example - but the publisher has long since said they will embrace the PS3 as well. Evidence of that is in their strategy for RE5 and the recent release of the PS3 version of Lost Planet.
So anyway, breathe easy, PS3 owners. Resident Evil 5 is still set for a simultaneous release on multiple platforms, as it always has been. And with E3 right around the corner, perhaps we'll get some more details on the promising title...
Related Game(s): Resident Evil 5
6/19/2008 Ben Dutka