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Sony: Publisher Exclusivity Out, Working Directly With Devs In

SCEE president David Reeves has been in the news a lot, lately. First, he apparently said Mirror's Edge would be a timed exclusive for the PlayStation 3 (which EA promptly denied), then he stated that PlayStation Home is "absolutely on track", which we believe is true. Now, in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Reeves has said publisher exclusivity "may be a thing of the past."

There's no doubt that third-party exclusive titles have been disappearing like a puddle in the Sahara this generation, so this comment comes as no surprise. But at the same time, we have to remember the differing policies between Sony and Microsoft; the former won't ever pay for third-party exclusivity while the latter makes it a common practice. Well, at least they try. In the end, with both consoles selling well and the user bases rising, publishers will have less and less incentive to go exclusive. Microsoft will have to pay more and more to make up for not releasing a game on the PS3, plain and simple. Therefore, perhaps it's best to turn to the developers for exclusive deals... Here's what Reeves had to say:

"We have to accept more and more that platform holders themselves cannot have exclusives unless they're given millions and millions of dollars not to develop a particular game for one particular platform. But for developers, and you could take someone like Quantic Dream for example - a great game, it takes a lot of time to develop, they need a little bit of funding, external development. In exchange, it's exclusive - that works. So exclusivity possibly with developers is more likely that exclusivity with publishers."

Quantic Dream, if you've already forgotten, is developing the PS3 exclusive, Heavy Rain. Reeves finished by saying that publisher exclusivity may be dead and gone, but as far as developers are concerned, the platform exclusive title may not die. It's not a bad philosophy.

8/26/2008 Ben Dutka

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ThePoetRazel
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 11:36:58 AM
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Well, there are some things that can only be accomplished on the PS3. That will give some incentive to companies who want to make excellent games. And to me, those types of games are the only ones worth having exclusively.

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dfgsdgsdfsdf
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 11:43:21 AM
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anybody excited about the psp 3000 coming out in october 14 or 15!!! the blog news up there isnt exciting " OOOOO SCEE president David Reeves has been in the news a lot, lately......... WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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Minishmaru
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 12:06:45 PM

Not really. I wish it was a bigger enhancement besides for the screen and mic. More memory? A Flash update? anything I mean...the 2000 was a complete overhaul...3000...wtf? not a huge step for being a new model number. I'm really happy with my PSP-2000, I sorta want the Final Fantasy Crisis Core version cuz of that sexy decal on the back...::drool:: but i'm not forking out $400 bucks from play-asia...sorry i got bills or like 15 games to buy with that money XD

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The_Vandelizer
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 12:08:15 PM
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Thats good Exclusitity doesnt last that long any ways... Most Exclusive Games look Fantastic..

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 12:26:17 PM
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Sony=Originality
Microsoft=Bribery n Robbin!

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The_Chimeran
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 2:07:32 PM
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Anyone else miss Phil Harrison. I like this guy a lot but Phil Harrison is kick-ass. Btw, this whole emotional thing was brought about cause everytime i think of sony execs i think of phil harrison. Oh and Kaz Hirai too. :(
As for the article, always appreciate one person helping another person, even if it's really for personal gain.

Last edited by The_Chimeran on 8/26/2008 2:07:57 PM

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 2:16:45 PM
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As long as Sony keeps Imsoniac and Naughty Dog I'm happy.

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www
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 6:07:45 PM
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Would anyone agree with me that Insominiac games have the most interesting weapons ever?Just look at Ratchet n Resistance.

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Reccaman18
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 7:04:18 PM

And Resistance. Those weapons kick ass!

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AceTatsujin
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 7:57:26 PM
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MS is beyond 5 billion dollars in loss since XBox 1 ... haha.

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