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Sony May Try To Reclaim Grand Theft Auto Exclusivity For PS3

By the next generation, it’s very likely that new gamers won’t even recognize the term, “third-party exclusive.” Only first-party exclusives will remain…unless Sony really does have a huge secret up its sleeve, which would involve the next installment of the critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto franchise.

If you check out this video at HipHipGamerShow, they talk about a number of things, including Sony’s drive to dominate in 2009, the concept of “forward compatibility” on the Xbox 360, their Pure review, and one other little suggestive tidbit. The comments in question pose the seemingly impossible question: could Sony reacquire GTA as an exclusive franchise? It appears that several whispers circulating through the industry have indicated that Sony may be changing its policy of “never paying for exclusives,” and their first step would be to reclaim GTA. This would be an absolute bombshell, although at this point in time, we’re not putting much stock in the theory. Problem is, with the 360’s head start, third-party publishers aren’t so interested in PS3 exclusives, which would restrict the possible buying audience by way more than half. Sony would have to pony up a gigantic chunk of cash, and to be honest, we don’t believe they’re in any position to do that. Not with the combined growing economic concerns and GTA’s immense popularity, at any rate.

Still, it’s certainly something that ought to prompt a wee bit of discussion. The Sony loyalists will love the idea, especially because many will believe it would let Rockstar focus entirely on the PlayStation 3, thereby letting the system shine. On the other hand, from a logical and unbiased standpoint, it would be a shame to coerce so many gamers into buying another console just to play Grand Theft Auto V. That’s kinda what exclusives do, though, so… Who knows?

10/28/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (15 posts)

WaR_HaWk
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 1:15:30 PM
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well idk, but its possible only if sony pays Rockstar 50-100mil. $.

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Arvis
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 2:06:57 PM
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Sony used to pay for exclusives back during the PS2 days. That was before they spent all of their money securing BluRay. I'm sure we'll see Sony buy some exclusives in the future again, now that BluRay is standard.

-Arvis

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WaR_HaWk
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 2:54:24 PM

i know dude.Sad that Sony lost alot of money with ps3 so they cant really afford buying 3rd party exclusives

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 2:38:45 PM
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Well unless I'm mistaken, Sony already has two "semi-confirmed Rockstar exclusives" right? LA Noire (If it still exists) and the other game they talked about but have yet to announce. I'll try to pull the links in a little while.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 2:47:33 PM

So the search function is still down so I has to find some outside links.

Unannounced Rockstar exclusive coming:
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2007/07/27/new-rockstar-games-franchise-exclusive-to-the-ps3/

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WaR_HaWk
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 2:53:21 PM

i hope thats true, cuz M$ will overpay just to get that game

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shaydey77
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 3:18:37 PM
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Ill be disgusted if sony do this. One of the main reasons i despise microsoft is because they block millions of players for potentially playing absolutely astounding games. Games in my opinion should be open to all platforms except for in house studios obviously.
I dont agree however with identical games. If one console can be pushed more than the other on either side then it should be.

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HUSO
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 4:00:13 PM

how about think of it as Sony trying to make the devs give us our money's worth.

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LightShow
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 3:42:15 PM
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I agree. I've always hoped that studios would design titles for the PS3, then release the same game for 360, but dumbed down to fit on one disc.

it seems nicer than production starting low on the 360, then porting a problematic game to the PS3.

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Riku994
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 4:48:27 PM
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They should START with getting the FF series back, and I KNOW V13 is still exclusive, but it would REALLY piss off MS fanboys if they bought back FF13 :P

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Jed
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 5:49:47 PM
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I know a lot of people dont like the idea of sony paying for exclusives, but they are in a war with microsoft. M$ is paying for their own exclusives, timed exclusives, and to take sony exclusives away. If sony wants to survive in this war they have to be more aggressive, and if that means paying for exclusives, they need to do it. All is fair in love and war.

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ThePoetRazel
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 8:18:44 PM
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I'd hope that the PS3's capabilities would entice many devs to the table. The storage capacity alone gives a lot of freedom.
I've always thought the best devs were the ones most interested in making the best game possible. For my money, the best way to accomplish that is making PS3 exclusives.

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Buckeyestar
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 10:28:58 AM
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I think this is probable if they really want to expand the next game and take advantage of the standard hard drive and the extra space on the blu-ray disc. If they got as much as they did this time to fit on 1 DVD, just imagine if it was 6 times larger to fill a blu-ray.

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AceTatsujin
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 @ 9:20:26 PM
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they should buy out GTA exclusive for PS generations and end this. GTA IV could have been so much better with more content and more room and many other things if it wasn't for the lack of the 360's hardware and capacity.

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Xanavi23
Sunday, November 02, 2008 @ 4:42:01 PM
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I bought PS3 just for Gran Turismo 5 although ive always been a fan, so its fair.

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