Sony: "One Thing To Remember, Nothing Is Ever Exclusive"
Obviously, many PS3 owners were a little miffed to hear about the deal Microsoft made to secure exclusive rights to downloadable content for Grand Theft Auto IV. But as you should know - and as Sony UK managing director Ray Maguire reminds us - "nothing is ever exclusive" this generation.
According to Videogamer.com, Maguire was speaking at the recent Gamer 3.0 conference in London, and he was asked about Microsoft nailing down exclusive DLC for games like GTAIV, Fallout 3 and Tomb Raider: Underworld. In response, Maguire said Sony is more interested in "investing money into making sure" they have top-notch R&D so they can create and produce games like LittleBigPlanet. In addition:
"One thing to remember, nothing is ever exclusive. Things get wrapped up for a period of time for a large amount of money and if it's a strategic decision by competition to do that then we have to live with that."
Well, that seems to be the way of things this generation. True third-party exclusivity may be dead; only timed exclusivity is left. Earlier this year, SCEE boss David Reeves said PS3 owners can "probably expect to see" GTAIV DLC at some point, and it should be just another example of timed exclusive content. On the other hand, with Sony refusing to pay out for this stuff, some PS3 owners continue to wonder why they have to wait for certain things... Well, as Sony says, do you want LittleBigPlanet, or not?
Related Game(s): Grand Theft Auto IV
10/29/2008 Ben Dutka