The Lies We Tell: BioShock's Exclusivity

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307w ago - The cat is now out of the bag, people finally knows that BioShock is coming to PS3, after it was 'confirmed' not to.

Well, I worked on the PS3 version, I was even lead programmer for the PS3 SKU at one point, but then there were a lot of lead programmers that worked on the PS3 version, but that's a sordid tale for another post. Today's post is about one of the lies of the games industry, the exclusivity deal.

Nowadays, almost all high profile games from 3rd party publishers are planned from the beginning to be multi-platform and simultaneous release. The extra cost of developing for multiple platforms can easily be recouped since both PS3 and 360 has a big enough installbase. The simultaneous release makes the most of the marketing money by spending it on one big campaign rather than two smaller ones months apart.

Remember Sony claiming that most developers are creating the PS3 version first? That is not because PS3 is more popular, or easier to code, it is purely because from a technical point PS3 is harder to create good code for. Once you've created a good code base for PS3, it is easy to turn that into a well running 360 version.

So how did BioShock's 'exclusive' come about and why PS3 version a year later? Well, you've got to follow the money, which leads us to Microsoft.
 

BioShock Hits PS3 in October, Features Extra Content

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307w ago - Publisher 2K Games today announced that last year's critically acclaimed Xbox 360 shooter BioShock will make its way to the PlayStation 3 in October.

2K is promising that the PS3 version will feature "new features and content that heighten the award-winning experience."

Unfortunately, further details were not given, although company president Christoph Hartmann noted that we can expect a full reveal over the coming months.

Press Release: 2K Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that BioShock®, the "genetically enhanced" story-driven action game, is in development for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system at 2K Marin. The PLAYSTATION 3 system title will be released in October 2008 with new features and content that heighten the award-winning experience.

BioShock for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Games for Windows® was released in 2007 and received numerous Game of the Year honors from prestigious organizations including Associated Press, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Game Informer, Spike TV's VGAs and Paste Magazine. BioShock's extension to the PLAYSTATION 3 system will bring exciting new content to this amazing title and...
 

Rumor: BioShock Heading to PS3, for Real

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308w ago - Despite numerous denials from publisher Take-Two and the like, UK PlayStation rag PSM3 is making the bold claim that BioShock is heading to PS3 on its cover page.

Details are nonexistent at the moment as the mag won't hit newsstands until June 5, but the cover shot does pose an attention grabbing headline, which interestingly denotes "Why Xbox's best shooter is better on PS3."

Does that mean the long-awaited PS3 edition of BioShock will receive additional content? Possibly. But we have no hard evidence, so consider it conjecture for now.

For what its worth, Take-Two is keeping silent on the matter and hasn't issued an outright denial in regards to the magazine's story. I'd say, there's a 99% chance that an announcement will come before June 5.
 

Bioshock set for a September PS3 release?

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309w ago - According to the latest issue of EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly), Bioshock is set to be released on the PS3 this September.

The multi-award winning first person shooter is said to include all the downloadable content seen on the Xbox360 version as well as improved visuals over both 360 and PC versions.

One of the biggest selling xbox 360 games last year, Bioshock sold 490,900 copies in it's first month of release, and as of December 2007, it had sold 2million copies over both platforms.

The game recived wide critical acclaim, with Metacritc showing 96/100 for both the 360 and PC versions.
 

New SCE Worldwide Studios President Named

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309w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment today announced that Shuhei Yoshida, former senior VP at SCEA, will now head Sony's Worldwide Studios as president - effective immediately.

Yoshida fills the shoes of former SCE WWS boss Phil Harrison, who left the company back in February to join Infogrames as Directeur General Delegue.

Yoshida is far from a newcomer. He's been with Sony for well over a decade, first serving as one of the key members in establishing the PlayStation brand, and has been working his way through the upper corporate ranks ever since.

Press Release: SCEI ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT OF SCE WORLDWIDE STUDIOS

SCE WWS Senior Vice President Shuhei Yoshida Assumes Responsibilities

Tokyo, May 15, 2008 - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced the appointment of Shuhei Yoshida, Senior Vice President, US Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS), as President of SCE WWS, effective May 16, 2008.

Yoshida joined SCEI in 1993, and was one of the initial members in establishing the PlayStation® business. He was appointed Producer of the Product Development Department in April 1996, and joined Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. as Vice President of Product Development in April 2000, where he held various...
 







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