More than at the recent E3 event, the big wigs of the gaming industry, Sony & Microsoft have really pulled no punches when bitching at each other’s announcements. The big news of course was Microsoft securing Rise of the Tomb Raider as an exclusive for it’s Xbox platforms (XB1 and Xbox 360). This has pissed off it seems a big portion of the internet with Microsoft rushing to clarify the announcement by saying they paid for a timed deal with Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics … which basically means Sony fan boys may see the much-anticipated title arrive on their platform eventually. Sony’s response to this? They offered a statement saying ‘they don’t need to pay for exclusivity in their games’. Oh, and so Xbox owners can expect Uncharted on their machine soon then? Yeah … thought not.
It’s all very petty and a bit juvenile. Microsoft did kind of mislead people by not mentioning the timed aspect of their deal, but then again – aren’t most exclusives timed these days unless they are first party? Also I don’t really get the uproar surrounding such news as Microsoft need to have a few more trump cards up their sleeves to grab customers in the wake of PS4’s popularity … it’s just good business sense. Tomb Raider made a real name for itself on PlayStation, granted and also on PC so I can see the frustration, but this isn’t just about several machines all enjoying a piece of the pie – this is a war, and one a big company on the scale of Microsoft aren’t going to lose without a fight. So grow up everyone and realise that first and foremost … videogames are a business. If you don’t want to lose out in some way, buy all the consoles. I love Mario but don’t own a Nintendo console … see me blubbering? No. So trust your loyalty to a particular format and deal with the disappointment instead of moaning about it on internet forums. It actually makes you look a bit silly.
I am interested in getting a PS4 later in the year, and like the look of some of it’s exclusive games (especially The Order: 1886). I can live without them at the moment as XB1’s announcements are good for my general taste in games (loving the look of Quantum Break’s gameplay), and yes if Tomb Raider had been said to go to PS4 instead, I’d be pissed too. But then that is why owning both consoles is the way to go this generation. I understand many will not be able to afford it (and I can’t really) so like I said … stick by your decisions and let the games speak for themselves. Competition is good for the industry, bitching is not. Simple as that.