In the days of PS2, Sony controlled the gaming business. The entertainment company back then, was dominant in every way. PS2 was the most popular console by far in its time, and exclusive after exclusive made their way onto said platform. From Grand Theft Auto To Final Fantasy XIII, from Metal Gear Solid to Onimusha, PS2 was the console to own and Sony was the firm to be aligned with. But things have changed, of course. We’re now in the seventh generation of consoles where Microsoft and Nintendo are major players with both, as of now, selling more hardware than Sony.
Yet some companies still opt to make exclusive games for PS3 even if there’s much more cash to be had by going multiplatform. Sucker Punch for example has worked solely on PS3 this generation although they’re not owned by Sony, and the recently announced Dust 514 by CCP are just two examples of the many exclusive games coming to the console in such a hostile market from third parties. L.A. Noire and Agent, two Rockstar games were promised by the developer as PS3 exclusives, but later we found out they’re also coming to other platforms. It’s a sad history of broken promises.
During E3, news broke that Agent might no longer be a PS3 exclusive game after an interview with GameTrailers’ Geoff Keighley, and on the latest episode of Bonus Round, he basically confirmed that the game’s no longer a exclusive to the aforementioned console, but would also make its way to Xbox 360.
We’d thought Sony and Rockstar had locked in an exclusive deal with Agent, but in a recent interview, SCEA president Jack Tretton couldn’t confirm that it was still so.
PS3 exclusive title Agent is still under development, that we already knew, however reassurance is never a bad thing, right? I expect it at Sony’s presser.
My last article on Agent had me compiling reasons the game is a PS3 exclusive, scoring the web and sources to find tidbits. Since then we’ve posted nothing relating to the game because there’s been virtually no mention of it. But now, like a supernova out of the sky readying itself to smash earth and leave only flames, rumor has it Sony’s prepping to drop bombs at E3, showing off the world’s first Agent gameplay footage.
Rocktar’s hiring because it’s looking to develop a “third person action game” GTA V anyone?
We gave you the reasons why Agent is a PS3 exclusive because rumors, since March, have been lingering around the net claiming the game would appear on other platforms.
Well according to the studio developing the game, the status remains the same: Agent is still a PS3 exclusive.
Last night in Take-Two’s Q2 earnings call, the question was posed on whether the game would go mulitplatform, company president Strauss Zelnick said:
“On Agent, there’s no change in situation on that title.”
And there you have it, no change at all. I guess if you want to experience the game, you’ll have to buy a PS3.
It’s only what, $299? No?
Exclusives will soon be something of the past, or at least that’s what many in the industry would like gamers to believe. And it’s true, if they’re referring to publishers like Activision, EA, THQ Take Two amongst others. It really makes no sense at all to make a game exclusive to one console and leave out 40 million potential consumers.
So why on God’s earth would Rockstar, the company behind stellar efforts like GTA, and the upcoming hot shot Red Dead Redemption develop another one of its promising titles, Agent, exclusive to Sony’s PlayStation 3?
In Take-Two investors call, the company reaffirmed that Agent, the title being developed exclusively for PS3 is still a go, Rockstar North is working hard on said project.
Rockstar Held a question and answer session on its website recently, and during the discussion, the company promised to be “good” to PS3 owners this year.