- With Final Fantasy XIII coming to the Xbox 360, is Sony concerned that it lost a major exclusive? Nope. Speaking in a recent interview, SCEA senior vice president Peter Dille
shared his thoughts on the announcement, comparing it to Grand Theft Auto IV.
He believes that since FFXIII is now a cross-platform title, it will not move consoles in the same way that exclusive titles do, like Metal Gear Solid 4 for instance.
To quote: What you have with "Final Fantasy XIII" is a lot like what they've paid for with "GTA." It's not an exclusive on their platform. It's now a cross-platform game. And I think if you look at how "GTA" behaved in the marketplace and how it drove – or didn't drive – either console, that's what I'm talking about. Consumers responded to "GTA" on the PS3 just as they did on the 360.
He's probably right. After seeing the effect of GTA IV on both consoles, many are expecting a very similar situation with the release of FFXIII.
Either way, any time a publisher drops exclusivity on another platform is a victory for Microsoft, as it levels the playing field.