Trouble in green paradise: Xbox loses Remedy as an exclusive third-party developer

Xbox One hasn't been particularly lucky when it comes to exclusive AAA titles as its predecessor was. While the console has tried hard to catch up, Sony's PlayStation has been dominant throughout this generation which led to games, including Nier: Automata, to not be ported to the platform. In another major blow to Microsoft, Remedy, one of its better known third-party exclusive developers, is dropping its exclusivity with Xbox.

A Still from Remedy's Quantum Break

Microsoft's Xbox One has trailed its rival, PS4 for most of this generation, mainly because of its botched reveal, and a higher launch price as compared to PS4. Ryse: Son of Rome, one of its launch titles was also met with tepid response. The game's developer, Crytek had expressed disappointment with the sales of the console at the time. Remedy has previously made the Alan Wake series, and Quantum Break for the Microsoft platform. In fact, their last game on Sony's platform was almost a decade and a half ago: Max Payne 2 on PlayStation 2. Now, the developer's next title, codenamed P7, will release "on a wider range of platforms" including the PlayStation 4.

PlayStation will get about 113 exclusives this year against Xbox's 45. Sony's titles include Spiderman, God of War, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, The Last of Us Part II, and Detroit: Become Human among others while Microsoft has State of Decay 2, Crackdown 3, Forza Motorsport 7 and Sea of Thieves. The ill-fated Scalebound, which was an Xbox exclusive, was killed earlier this year.

Interestingly, Microsoft has been awfully quiet about its software, even as its upcoming hardware receives praise from all over. Scorpio's reveal last week has been the talk of the console world, and the company will surely be pleased with that. However, a console without games isn't worth much and Microsoft knows that, which is why they're courting on developers with their upcoming hardware. We have already seen a partial list of games which will run on Scorpio (at 4K) and by extension, Xbox One. But, that's not going to be enough if the company aims to dethrone Sony.

Source: Remedy via Ars Technica

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