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Imagine you have your new console and you decide it’s time to treat yourself to a new game from a series you love. You go to your game shop and can’t find the game yet you were sure it was advertised for your hardware. Yet nothing. This is the world of timed exclusives and love ’em or hate ’em, these things are everywhere nowadays, and they’re not going away anytime soon. Take, for instance, the Tomb Raider franchise, and all know about the recent reboot trilogy.

It all kicked off in 2013 with the reboot simply titled “Tomb Raider.” Then, in 2015, we got the action-packed sequel, “Rise of the Tomb Raider.” Finally, wrapping up the series in 2018 was “Shadow of the Tomb Raider.” Yet the 2015 release launched on Xbox at first then PC soon after raising a few eyebrows. What about PlayStation? This news upset fans as they had to wait a year due to the fact it was exclusive. However, in the defence of the delay the version that was released on PlayStation was the 25th anniversary edition. It included an art book, DLC, and a bunch of cool things. Did the fans have a right to feel angry? That is for you to decide. Let’s look at other examples and refer back to this

Timed Exclusives; I Have Mixed Feelings

The legendary Metal Gear Solid 3 is getting a remake and it’s coming to PlayStation 5, PC, and Xbox Series X/S. Though before it was revealed rumours and leaks told us to expect it and also was a PlayStation 5 console exclusive. This has since proven to be inaccurate as it’s also heading to Xbox hardware but it upset fans again.

Another game I’d followed and was originally planned for both Xbox and PlayStation was Forever Skies. Let’s look at the original reveal trailer here. Right at the end it tells us the game could be wish listed on Steam. This is back in 2022 and we also see coming to next gen consoles.

As We See It’s advertised day 1 for both Next Gen consoles.

Fast forward to today, we see a different story. It’s in fact a timed console exclusive which was mentioned in an article by Push Square.

We may see Helldivers 2 arrive on Xbox but at the present, it’s console exclusive for PlayStation. Valheim is another timed release. We also have the Final Fantasy 7 Remake and soon-to-be-released sequel Rebirth and another Final Fantasy title in the recent FF 16. All of these are on PlayStation but not on Xbox. Silent Hill 2 will launch on PlayStation 5 but it’s timed for twelve months. These are just a small handful of examples. My thoughts are I expect first-party games to stay exclusive which makes sense but third-party releases should not be exclusive.

Do gamers really “benefit” from this business practice? Some of these are single-player games as well and don’t rely on needing a constant community like a live service game would need to stay alive. Truly what harm is it to release on all available hardware?

Sony doesn’t have Palworld yet Xbox does. However it’s a game in early access so it’s expected to be on Sony hardware upon full release. My thoughts and I must stress these are mine, timed platform exclusives I see no benefit. I have access to all systems so I can still play them, though I still feel limiting access to play a third party title is surely not the best for the gaming community. Those are just my thoughts though. Let me know your in the comments section below and stay tuned for more from Lv1 gaming.

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