Koei Cancels PS3 Exclusives
Protests to the contrary, I think that exclusive titles are important for a console. Some people say that exclusives don’t matter. It just matters whether or not the games you like are on your system. Well, yes and no. Of course playing the games you like is the whole point of it all. But a system with more exlusives will draw more gamers who want those games. More gamers means a larger installed base. A larger installed base means it’s more likely a developer will write games for that platform. It’s all very circular, but getting exclusives is an important part of kick-starting a platform.
Which is why I don’t think it’s a good thing for the PS3 to have lost exclusivity on two titles by Koei. Blade Storm and Fatal Inertia used to be PS3 exclusive. Now Koei has said that they’ll be releasing those games for the PS3 as well. Both games will be European launch titles in March 2007, and no date has been given for the Xbox 360 versions.
I think that Koei has to make the decision that is best for their business. And that is probably exactly what they did. That doesn’t mean that it’s a good thing for the PS3 however. Ah well. I’m still looking forward to F1, MotorStorm, and Heavenly Sword come March 2007. At least those are still exclusive.