Why Scorn Is Exclusive To Xbox Series X & PC

One of the more interesting titles we saw at the May 7th Xbox Series X event was Ebb Software’s Scorn. It is an atmospheric first-person horror adventure game set in a nightmarish universe of odd forms and somber tapestry. It’s easy to say that when Scorn was shown it was both disturbing and interesting. Like most third party games that release on the Xbox platform, there is always a question of if the game will release on opposing platforms like PlayStation. As we know the game is releasing on PC via Steam, but could it also release elsewhere. According to the Scorn steam store page, this game is a console exclusive to Xbox Series X for several reasons. The following is a snippet from the page;

Why Xbox Series X?

It was a simple decision. Xbox Series X is very capable hardware (on par with high-end PCs) that will run the game at a technical standard of 4k60fps that we aim for Scorn. More so than the 4K resolution, having the game run at 60fps with a certain visual fidelity is imperative for us as developers.

Why Microsoft and why Xbox Series X exclusivity?

The authenticity of the game and being able to develop it as we conceptualized it is the highest priority. Before deciding to partner with Microsoft we made sure that they will not have any influence over the game’s concept and development process. They were more than cooperative in that regard. The only thing they were interested in was exclusivity rights. Once all that was agreed upon it was a no brainer decision when you look at all the benefits Scorn will get from this partnership, from additional resources to much bigger exposure(marketing). It will certainly help us make Scorn a better, polished game in the end.

Will Scorn be released on the previous generation of consoles?

No. We really don’t want to spend development time on what would from a technical standpoint (900p resolution, frame rates dipping below 30fps) be a sub-par version of the game and overall not a good experience.

 

Only the future will hold what will become of this games exclusive rights as the contract is between EBB Software & Microsoft. In the meantime Xbox fans have a very interesting title that will be releasing exclusively on the platform.

David Whitaker

Founder/Head of Lv1 Gaming. A man, father, & husband who loves all things gaming.

10 thoughts on “Why Scorn Is Exclusive To Xbox Series X & PC

  • May 17, 2020 at 11:27 am
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    Awesome partnership between studio & Xbox. Still part that annoys me is the WHY question when Xbox is involved yet no concerns are shown when PS does it. Why is that? ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    • May 17, 2020 at 12:01 pm
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      Scorn will also release on PS5, just a bit later. Sony gets real exclusivity, MS only buys timed exclusivity…why respect that? It’s totally anti-consumer.

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      • May 18, 2020 at 10:36 am
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        You mean like Sony buying timed exclusivity on Final Fantasy 7 remake, Crash remake etc. Yup I agree Sony are anti consumer.
        I remember the Sony fangirls crying all over the net when MS got exclusivity for a Tomb Raider game.

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    • May 17, 2020 at 10:53 pm
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      I think it alleviates the matter early before it gets to Tomb raider situations. Also it’s a good way for Microsoft see good publicity when a dev speaks well and highly of them

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  • May 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm
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    Say what you want, the game is just a timed exclusive, nothing more.

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    • May 18, 2020 at 4:50 am
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      I’m from Serbia and know some people working in studio. The game is in development for 6-7 years, broke all deadlines and spend all the money raised from Kickstarter, and now they need new cow to get money from. You have demo for PC for quite some time, and it’s piece of trash, try it. So getting this as exclusive is just showing how desperate MS.

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  • May 17, 2020 at 12:01 pm
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    Since I’ll be accused on being a “fanboy” I’d like to pre-empitvely point out I own both systems now and will next console generation as well. Anyway, what do you expect the Scorn development team to say? “It’s an Xbox Series X console exclusive because Microsoft purchased exclusive licensing rights as a way to differentiate their console from Sony’s PS.” Come on… there’s no mystery as to way it’s an exclusive. This is nothing but corporate speak for a transparent business decision. Nothing wrong with that, just kinda makes this article pointless.

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  • May 17, 2020 at 3:11 pm
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    I donโ€™t believe I ever heard time exclusive. So why as a consumer come out and just blatantly say itโ€™s time exclusive?

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  • May 17, 2020 at 10:56 pm
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    If the developers are aiming for 4k60 doesn’t that alienate a 4tflop Lockhart as well as all current gen consoles.

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