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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

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Comments (5 posts)

karneli lll
Thursday, June 19, 2008 @ 12:46:03 PM
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I heard that the ps3 versions of games, like alone in the dark are "delayed" on purpose to give ms the upper hand.

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aaronisbla
Thursday, June 19, 2008 @ 1:34:49 PM
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its just speculation, but i wouldnt be surprised karneli

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Minishmaru
Thursday, June 19, 2008 @ 2:32:18 PM
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are they all on the UE3? Cuz then...expect delays out the ass for all of our PS3 games

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Tatsujin
Friday, June 20, 2008 @ 12:55:47 AM
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I gurantee that MS offered Capcom for timed exclusivity, but after Capcom turned them down, MS then payed Capcom to shut up about the subject... It's funny what you can do with money huh?

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SadSadSamus
Monday, June 23, 2008 @ 2:04:41 PM
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Guarantee's are pointless to make when not one of us has anything substancial to back it up.

I 'bet' that this was just some stupid rumor made by some xbox fanboy blogger to make their kind feel better.
Really, it would not make that much sense. I mean, Microsoft could have offered them some cash to make it exclusive; but unless it was early on it does not seem logical that they would.
If it was recent they would have to reimburse Capcom for the cost of ps3 development. Then, the potential profits made by said ps3 version.

What would Capcom have to gain? I doubt any more games would be sold and theyd just be pissing off a fanbase.

Besides, I doubt Micro would make anything off of the transaction. RE5 for the xbox is already guarenteed to sell like PBR at a college conveinience store. Paying for an exclusive would probably not sell many more games or consoles.

Anyways, theres my take. Cant wait for this Zombie fest to come out.
Plus... this time THERE BLACK!!!
OH BOY!!!
I bet it'll kick ass on a xbox controller :)

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