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Sony: Still Opportunities For Third-Party Exclusives

While third-party exclusives appear to be dying out, Sony says they'll still welcome the opportunity to put such titles on the PlayStation 3.

In speaking to CVG, SCEE boss Andrew House said the recently revealed PS3 exclusive, DUST 514, is "a great example of having an approach from a developer." House says the company is "always open" to third-party exclusives, and although he admits you won't see as much exclusive focus as we've seen in the past (due primarily to the increased cost of game development), opportunities still exist. Said House:

"I think there are clearly opportunities where developers or publishers want to focus their resources on a single platform - usually the one they think delivers the best experience for their vision around the game. That was the case with Dust and the guys from CCP."

Plus, he adds that these projects are great for attracting attention and getting headlines, as we saw at E3. In even better news, House hints that Sony might have something else up their sleeve before the year is out... Could it be another third-party exclusive we haven't yet heard about?

It's true that exclusivity is tough to do these days, but if there's one console that still welcomes designers who wish to focus on one platform, it's the PS3.

Tags: dust 514, sony, exclusives, playstation 3

6/13/2011 2:10:30 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (33 posts)

jimmyhandsome
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 2:22:15 PM
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Unfortunately "third party exclusive downloadable content" seems to be the new thing over the past couple of years.

I'm looking forward to Dust 514, though! If nothing else, I'm content with that lone 3rd party exclusive!

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Clamedeus
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 2:28:48 PM

You and me both, I'm looking forward to this game.

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Beamboom
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 3:48:00 PM

Add me to that Dust514 rooster. If that game is as good as it looks on paper it's my second d1p for 2012 (the first being ME3, of course).


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Excelsior1
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 2:30:01 PM
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i'm all for sony getting third party exclusives. they have lost so many of them. peacewalker on 360 is blashemy.

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Temjin001
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 2:31:33 PM
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The main reason I care so much about exclusives is because Sony happens to be in a position where exclusivity is to the direct benefit of game design. With so many devs going the route of programming for intersecting parity between platforms, the only common way to see hardware flex its muscles is through exclusives.

I will say that I hope during the next gen Sony's system will have a clear insurmountable advantage in hardware that no matter exclusivity or not, I can count on it having the superior game no matter the title.


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Excelsior1
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 2:47:05 PM

yes, i wish for the same exact thing next gen. no more crappy multiplats. sony's next system should have enough brute horsepower that no matter the developer ps4 version is superior.

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Dancemachine55
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 @ 2:59:39 AM

If the next Xbox sells big though, you can kiss any remaining third party exclusives goodbye, no matter how powerful the PS4 is compared to the competition.

If Sony focus on social gaming, party chat, including a headset with PS4 consoles, all the benefits of Xbox Live being free on PSN forever AND awesome exclusives, then it might stand a chance of dominating once more for an entire generation.

Sadly, this is a longshot. MS dug way too deep into their buried treasure to secure multiplats, excellent review scores for average games (cough, Halo 3, cough) and promote seriously flawed tech. (First gen 360's and Kinect lag, anyone?)

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Ludicrous_Liam
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 3:33:20 PM
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Haven't all 2nd party-exclusives died out? I can't think of a company besides Insomniac that still do them...anyone?

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Kiryu
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 3:40:43 PM

Sucker Punch - Infamous Series
Eat Sleep Play - Twisted Metal
Lightbox interactive - Starhawk
Sanzaru games - Sly 4
Quantic Dream - New ip
ThatGameCompany - Journey

All second party sony studios sir.

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jimmyhandsome
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 3:42:49 PM

Aren't those studios considered first parties?

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Kiryu
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 3:43:42 PM

en . wikipedia
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org/wiki/Sony_Computer_Entertainment

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MyWorstNightmar
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 3:48:32 PM

We can now scratch Insomniac off that list.

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jimmyhandsome
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 4:01:14 PM

@ Kiryu, Thanks for the link! I was always curious as to which studios were in fact owned by Sony and which were not.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 4:36:25 PM

To be perfectly honest I thought they were all first-party :S Just goes to show how I much I really know.. :P

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Axe99
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 11:36:12 PM

@MyWorstNightmar - not true - a second-party exclusive is a game developed by an independent studio but published by the first party. Insomniac have two second-party exclusives due out before the end of the year (Resistance 3 and R&C:All4One). They can still make a multiplat as well, that doesn't make Resi or R&C any less exclusive.

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Nynja
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 3:42:44 PM
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I wouldn't go as far as saying 3rd party exclusivity is dying and is no where near from going extinct.

I recall a console generation where there was no clear "winner", just like this era. SNES vs Genesis. These consoles were about split as evenly as the 360 and PS3 are.

One thing I've noticed in my years of gaming, console dominance and parity works in cycles. If history proves correct, the next generation will likely have 1 very dominant system and 3rd party exclusives will make a "come-back".

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Excelsior1
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 4:30:52 PM

the console cycles are very interesting. before the playstation no console had dominated 2 gens in a row. sony did that with the ps1, and ps2. that's a pretty impressive accomplishment. the ps3 hasn't been nearly as successful as those two systems, but it will be very interesting to see how next gen plays out.

ms seems to have na locked down, but it's always possible they could screw up. if sony figures out a way to perform better in na they could easily be the winner next gen. anyways, that's what i hope for. some kind of screw up by ms, and sony taking advantage of it.

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Highlander
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 11:32:39 PM

Excelsior, it remains to be seen how *this* generation plays out. Nintendo is bailing early, so I'm personally counting them out as it's pretty near certain that the PS3 will outsell the Wii over it's life. But this generation continues to play out over at least the next two years, so I think we should 'stay tuned' and see what happens before trying to figure out who dominated.

I'll remind everyone of the tortoise and the hare. The hare took off to a spectacular start, but the slow, steady tortoise won the race. The Wii took off incredibly, but after just about 4 and a half years it's effectively bowing out of this 'generation'. A good thing too since it's not part of the HD gaming wave. Now it remains to be seen which of the PS3 and 360 ultimately dominates. Personally, I think that the number of 1st party exclusives that supplement the ranks of the multi-platform game bolster the PS3.

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DjEezzy
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 4:00:24 PM
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Sony Santa Monica would be a first party i believe. Dust 514 looks absolutely ridiculous. I can't wait for it to come out. Hope it turns out well...

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cLoudou
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 4:26:02 PM
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Speaking of exclusives, I hear Agent may no longer be exclusive. Jack Tretton said that lies with R* in an interview with GTTV.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 5:41:09 PM

i read that too, which pretty much means its won't be exclusive any more.

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SayWord
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 10:43:10 PM

I don't think jack lied. Because rockstar announced it themselves as ps3 exclusive. I'm sure they did, didn't they?

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SayWord
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 10:52:34 PM

I remember now! It was a playstation blog post about sony signing with rockstar for the exclusive agent. Its also going to be more than one game. :)

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Simcoe
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 @ 11:55:15 AM

I thought the whole Rockstar - Agent - PS3 exclusive was a result of LA Noire going mulitplatform (which I could be way off, may have stemmed from GTA4 being multiplatform too), something about Rockstar owing Sony an exclusive AAA game.

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Kiryu
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 4:29:14 PM
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I hope Rockstar North shows Agent by the end of the year exclusively for the PS3.

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SayWord
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 10:44:04 PM

Me too!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 5:43:17 PM
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Final Fantasy Versus XIII, if that stays exclusive then everything is perfect and good in the world. Not that I don't think xboxers should be able to play it, but after SE admitted they sliced XIII to ribbons so the xbox could handle it I just can't trust them to leave the production as it is if it goes multiplat.

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Excelsior1
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 7:14:43 PM

i have a strong feeling ffv13 will go multiplat for some reason. i think they are porting it as we speak and it will release same day as ps3. square covets the na martket so badly that i just don't see them ignoring the 360. they want a presence on that platform. once mgs went to 360 i gave up hope on 3rd party exclusives. looks like sony lost agent as an exclusive, too.

i did hear the silent hill remakes are ps3 exclusive.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 7:55:01 PM

I have a bad feeling you are right.

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shadowscorpio
Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 11:25:11 PM

I concur. SE staying so silent about FFversus13 doesn't do much to reasure us that its staying exclusive. Folks, we're going by history of Square Enix's track record this gen. They did a total 180 when it came to the Last Remnant and Final Fantasy 13 so really what reason do we have to believe it will be exclusive?

The only thing that would help reasurre its exclusivity is if SE and Nomura and Wada claimed it themselves.

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Dancemachine55
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 @ 3:10:40 AM
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From a business standing point, going multiplat is a good idea to cover costs. Expanding your market by several million means bigger bucks at the end of the day.

Look at LA Noire. Started PS3 exclusive, but jumped to multiplat since the cost to make the game was so huge. Sure, heaps of stuff had to be cut, like the DLC we see now.

It's such a shame that PS3 owners have to suffer multiplat games that are lesser than their planned exclusive projects. FF XIII had heaps of missions and additional towns and stuff taken out. LA Noire had extra missions cut out to fit the 3 360 discs. Agent and FF Vs XIII will likely suffer on a technical standing point too should the developers decide to go multiplat.

This is why I'm hoping the most powerful and biggest console for next gen will become the biggest selling, and dominate the sale charts. Whether it's the next Xbox, Wii U or PS4, bigger sales on one will mean more high quality exclusives from third parties, and that's why the PS2 rocked so much in 2005!!

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___________
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 @ 6:12:37 AM
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things will never be the way they were for 2 simple reasons.
1 companies have become greedier!
the once millions of fans is suddenly not enough..... cough crapcom, sega, $E.........
2 development costs have gone through the roof!
3rd party exclusives are rarely worth it, i mean look at haze!
fun game, but it was a freaking mess!
much better off letting 3rd party studios do what they do best, making games for everyone.
and let first party studios do what they do best, bringing the best out of a specific piece of hardware.
notice how non developed ninty games always look so crap, but when ninty does them they look quite good?

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drk_gam3r
Thursday, June 16, 2011 @ 2:11:34 AM
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Does that mean they can bring The Getaway into production since it has been 'on hold' for 2 years just as Eight Days?

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