Will Multiplatform Titles, Not Exclusives, Cause The PS4 To Sell?
In general, when someone talks about a "system-selling game," they're usually referring to an exclusive title.
It's only logical. Of course a new Halo or Gran Turismo would help sell Xboxes and PlayStations respectively, because those games can only be played on one platform. And there's no doubt that titles such as Killzone: Shadow Fall will contribute to pushing sales of PlayStation 4 consoles early on.
However, is it possible that the multiplatform offerings on the PS4 will play a bigger role in system sales? This is the first time in my memory that so many top-tier AAA franchises might be seen on a new console very early on. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag was another recent entry to the PS4 list, which already includes Watch Dogs, Destiny and Diablo III. Can you imagine if Take-Two adds Grand Theft Auto V to the multiplatform titles available on PS4...? I've made that argument for months, that one of the reasons for the GTAV delays is because Rockstar was making a PS4 iteration.
Obviously, exclusives will continue to be important for Sony. But as we start this new generation, if the PS4 boasts the latest and greatest in the biggest franchises in the industry, that can only help, right? And what if the new Call of Duty was to come out on the PS4? Of course, there's every possibility that the new Xbox will also get these multiplatform entries. But that would add more momentum to the new generation, would it not? Gamers won't have to pass up their favorite franchises just because they bought a new piece of hardware that is not backwards compatible. Furthermore, they get to play greatly enhanced versions of the new installments.
I think both Sony and Microsoft will go out of their way to promote huge multiplatform releases on their new consoles, simply due to the massive fan followings. Darn good idea, too, as exclusives are typically few and far between. Then again, toss in inFamous: Second Son for the PS4 launch and...well... Then you just gotta get one.
3/4/2013 9:51:24 PM Ben Dutka