Pachter: Epic Regrets Making Gears Exclusive To 360
We all know that the best exclusive titles, for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, are a few steps ahead of the multiplatform games available. However, one analyst believes that developer Epic is now "regretting" keeping a certain blockbuster franchise exclusive to Microsoft's platform.
Many have asked if Gears of War will ever come to the PS3 and for the time being, the answer to that is most definitely, "no." Their contract with Microsoft prevents it and at the start of the generation, when the gap between the PS3 and 360 was gigantic, the deal made sense. These days, however, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter says Epic probably feels tethered by that contract. Speaking during the latest Bonus Round episode at GameTrailers, Pachter thinks it makes zero sense for publishers to release single-platform titles and that Epic "can't wait until they can start doing multiplatform games." When asked if he thought Gears would be going multiplatform, Pachter responded:
"I don’t. I think that Microsoft has a contract to make sure that they get that sequel, But I think Epic regrets signing that contract. You’re up to 11 million PS3 in the US and probably similar number in Europe, you got a 20 million addressable market with a game like Gears of War, I mean, that thing would easily sell 3 or 4 million on the PS3; that’s a lot of profit."
While what he says is true, the implication that it makes no sense to keep a game exclusive doesn't sit well with us. That would imply that all PS3 exclusives, like Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, God of War III, Killzone 2, Heavy Rain, etc. would go multi, and I think we all know that such titles wouldn't fare well on the 360 (as the developers for such games have often said). Of course, it may only be a one-way street as the the 360 is the lesser machine in terms of power and potential, but let's not forget about the piss-poor 360-to-PS3 ports we've had in the past...
Well, anyway, it'd be interesting to hear what Epic has to say in response to Pachter's words.
1/21/2010 10:19:40 AM Ben Dutka