Another Third-Party PlayStation 3 Exclusive Disappears: Tekken 6
When Square-Enix revealed that Final Fantasy XIII was no longer a PlayStation 3 exclusive (at least as far as North America was concerned), everybody went ballistic. But in this generation, it appears to be the natural order of things: the third-party exclusive, as we at PSXE have been saying for well over a year, is just about extinct. Want another example?
According to the latest edition of gaming publication GameEX, an interview with Tekken 6 developer Maruki Suzaki first announces an estimated release date for the highly anticipated fighter. It's "sometime in December of this year" for Japan, but when asked to confirm if the game would be exclusive to the PlayStation 3, his answer was this: "No. It hasn't been determined yet as of the moment, but we are developing it for PlayStation 3 so you can play it." When pressed about whether or not Tekken 6 would come to the 360, Suzaki said that currently, they "have no idea," but where else would they bring the title? The PC? The Wii? Either way, it seems that - unless Suzaki misinterpreted the exclusivity question, which would be tough to do - Tekken 6 can't be labeled as a PS3 exclusive. The system still has plenty of promising first-party exclusives, but the third-party studios are really looking to up their profit potential by expanding. It costs a lot of money to produce a game these days, remember.
The silver lining for PS3 owners in this scenario is the obvious fact that the team is certainly developing Tekken 6 on Sony's machine first. If it goes anywhere else, it's likely to be a port, so the PS3 version ought to be the best. As for what other platform it's going to, and if it'll be a simultaneous release across the multiple platforms...that remains unknown for now.
Related Game(s): Tekken 6
7/22/2008 Ben Dutka