January 27, 2023

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Sony signs deals to “exclude” Xbox from target platforms. Silent Hill 2 and Final Fantasy VII are on the list

Microsoft confirmed very interesting news in a recent document. Not only does PlayStation care about the exclusivity of production on time, but it also “excludes” Xbox from the target platforms. PlayStation must give permission to Square Enix or Bloober Team to develop games for US consoles.

editorial twistedvoxel I came across a very interesting piece of information that Microsoft provided in response to the CMA. Redmond confirms this By signing contracts with third-party developers, Sony “excludes” the Xbox from its target platforms.

Exclusivity strategies are not uncommon in the gaming industry, where other market participants can gain access to their content. Both Sony and Nintendo exclusives are among the best-selling offerings in Europe and the world. Existing Sony exclusive content includes notable first-party titles such as The Last of Us, Ghosts of Tsushima, God of War, and Spiderman.In addition to owning exclusive content, Sony has also entered into agreements with third-party publishers that require Xbox to be “excluded” from the pool of platforms that publishers can distribute their games on.Nominal examples include Such deals are Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix), Bloodborne (from Software), Final Fantasy XVI (Square Enix), and the recently announced Silent Hill 2 Remaster (Team Bloober).

As a result, Microsoft will have to get permission from Sony for productions like Final Fantasy VII Remake and Silent Hill 2 Remake to move to Xbox. However, the situation is interesting, because the producer, announcing Final Fantasy VII Remake, mentioned a temporary exclusivity, which apparently was not related to Xbox – as we know, the improved version of the Square Enix game that appeared later on PC.

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It’s definitely worth noting that the aforementioned list doesn’t just include items from Japan – Team Bloober was also supposed to sign an agreement to “exclude” Xbox from the platforms. Silent Hill 2 Remake is officially coming exclusively to PS5 and PC.