Since the start of the great console war we’d look forward to the next big conference to get a glimpse of games slated for release on our most loved platforms. Over the last few years we’ve seen more additions to existing exclusives sprawling onto every platform to sate the players appetite, but is it really the only thing that we’re hoping for when it comes down to it? Is the only reason why we purchase a console because of the exclusives that have been developed for that specific system?
At the last E3 we saw PlayStation getting some exciting titles in the form of Monster Hunter World and Days Gone, but unfortunately they’re slated for release in 2018 so it’s going to be a bit of a wait. Nintendo have a flurry of their own coming this year and the next which coincides with the successful hardware sales they’ve had since launch. Microsoft however, seems to have taken the hardware route punting true 4K gaming with the Xbox One X and very few AAA exclusives with a large library of indie exclusives. This left a bitter taste in most players’ mouths with the lack of games and the only honorable mention being Forza Motorsport 7, although an amazing showing, just doesn’t seem like it’s enough to gain the interest from the larger player base.
If you look at some of the stats based on console sales in correlation with exclusives being released, there is a definite impact that new titles have on the sale of hardware. Simple sales logic, really. But even though there was a lack of exclusives, the hardware was still selling based on various titles that have a massive player base across every platform out there. I’m looking at you, FIFA and Call of Duty.
In our previous podcast we had a bit of a discussion around the topic, you should definitely check it out to hear some of our contributor’s views on exclusives and the current market, but what I’d like to know is during this period where there’s talks of greater cross platform compatibility and certain big companies not willing to come to the party, will exclusives still be the thing that gets you to buy the next new console? If you think of it, to an extent PC gaming will always be a step ahead in terms of power and if the AAA exclusives decide to go the cross platform route, there’s nothing stopping you from getting the game you want on the platform you prefer.
I know what you’re thinking, those big companies won’t let go of the thing that started it all. The titles that made the platform what it is today and generated the loyal fan base it enjoys. But, business is business. If they can somehow come to an agreement where we see something like Halo on all platforms or God of War jumping onto other consoles, it’s more of an accessibility strategy exposing more players to a franchise. Doesn’t sound too bad, but lets not forget the graphical differences you might get in the end. And let’s face it, the Switch wouldn’t handle something like Horizon Zero Dawn too well. Still a great concept though…
So, what’s your take on all of this? Are exclusives what drives you to stick or swap to another platform and is it the only thing that’s keeping respective console developers alive? Would you rather Feel True Power or Play More Games?