Pachter: Third-Party Exclusives Will Die
Obviously, this generation has seen the demise of most one-time third-party exclusives. And as time goes on, it's very likely that the only remaining exclusives will be first- (or perhaps second)-party.
Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter certainly thinks so, as he predicted the end of third-party exclusives on the latest episode of GameTrailer's PachAttack. He also believes that Microsoft simply won't be able to keep paying off developers to keep games exclusive; the installed user base of the PS3 has gotten too large to ignore.
"Going forward I don't think you're going to get a lot of Xbox 360 or PS3 exclusives from publishers. You will still get them from developers, so guys like Insomniac who keep making PS3-exclusives, but I don't think you're going to see Ubisoft or Take-Two or Activision do an Xbox 360 or PS3 exclusive ever again because the install base of the two consoles is just too big to ignore. They'd be giving up way too much unless Microsoft is willing to pay up.
I don't think Microsoft is willing to pay up what it's going to take to ignore that whole PS3 crowd."
He further stated that we should expect a PS3 version of Splinter Cell: Conviction about six months down the road, and he also says that while the first two Mass Effect games may not end up on Sony's machine, he's fairly certain that upcoming titles definitely will. Well, depending on how you view this news, this could be good or bad...personally, I think it's good, provided talented developers continue to make exclusives for the PS3, which just so happen to be the finest gaming experiences available right now.
4/26/2010 11:00:36 AM Ben Dutka