In its 111-page response to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority, Microsoft revealed some details that were initially overlooked by everyone until Twitter account @KoreaXboxNews highlighted them. According to Microsoft, Final Fantasy XVI, Final Fantasy VII Remake and the Silent Hill 2 Remake will never be released on Xbox platforms due to exclusive deals signed by Sony with Japanese publishers Square Enix and Konami.
Exclusivity strategies are not uncommon in the gaming industry and other markets Participants have access to their own content. Exclusively from Sony and Nintendo First-party games are among the best-selling in Europe and worldwide. electricity Sony exclusive content includes prominent first-party titles such as The Last of Us, Ghosts of Tsushima, God of War and Spiderman.
In addition to having straight exclusive content, Sony has also entered into agreements with third-party providers that require the “exclusion” of Xbox from the set of platforms that those publishers can redistribute their games. Some prominent examples of these agreements are Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix), Bloodborne (From Software), the upcoming finale Fantasy XVI (Square Enix) and the recently announced Silent Hill 2 Remastered (bloober team).
Nintendo exclusive content includes well-established, globally known and iconic franchises such as Super Mario, Zelda, Xenoblade, Pokémon and Animal Crossing.
We already had a taste of that in Final Fantasy VII Remake. It’s been two and a half years since the game released on PlayStation platforms and a year since it came out on PC, with no hint of an Xbox port. The speculation has been that Sony managed to land a one-off deal to exclude Microsoft’s Xbox from the FFVII remake trilogy, but it seems the same will even happen for Final Fantasy XVI (which releases June 24th, 2023 exclusively on PlayStation 5 to be released) apply even though Final Fantasy XV tag and date was launched on Xbox One.
Likewise, the Silent Hill 2 Remake was announced two months ago by Konami for PlayStation and PC. However, Xbox fans certainly hadn’t lost hope that it might one day be available on Microsoft’s console. The original game was eventually released on the original Xbox just three months after the PlayStation 2 version (in North America). There is no release date yet for Silent Hill 2 Remake, while Final Fantasy VII Rebirth (the second chapter of FFVII Remake) is planned for late 2023 as another PlayStation 5 exclusive.
In other Microsoft news, the company also responded to the US Federal Trade Commission’s attempt to block the purchase of Activision Blizzard.