Final Fantasy XVI and VII Remake ‘exclusion’ offers prevent Xbox version

The ongoing debate over Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard has already provided us with some spicy details and one or another exchange of blows. There’s bad news, especially for Xbox fans hoping for games like Final Fantasy VII Remake. They are part of an “exclusion” agreement, according to Microsoft’s response to the FTC’s lawsuit against the acquisition. Microsoft, of course, wants to reject arguments that the acquisition would create a monopoly position for itself- even. Games like Starfield (Bethesda) are considered pioneers here. Does this also apply to Call of Duty and Co.? Apparently not And by the way: Sony doesn’t do it any differently – it’s the tenor. And that’s where deals like Final Fantasy VII Remake are cited, which therefore wouldn’t appear for Xbox. Microsoft admits in the report that such “exclusive strategies are not uncommon in the gaming industry,” but opposes Sony’s partnerships with third parties. third party vendors such as Square Enix, FromSoftware and Konami. In fact, these “deals” – at least from the players – hardly differ from those that Xbox puts in place with Bethesda games, for example. Buy or rent, Starfield is Xbox-only and Final Fantasy VII Remake is obviously PlayStation-only, vendors can sell their games,” the newspaper’s Eurogamer quotes. In addition to Final Fantasy VII Remake, Final Fantasy XVI, Bloodborne, and Silent Hill 2 Remake are mentioned as “highlights”. In fact, for almost all of these games, “exclusive offers” are no secret. But so far, it was expected that most games will end up sooner or later. later on Xbox. However: Xbox fans have been waiting in vain for months for Final Fantasy VII Remake, for example. The calculated exclusivity ended on April 10, 2021. Since then, there has been a Steam version, but no implementation Xbox to date. Is it coming at all? The new Xbox argument suggests otherwise: Final Fantasy XVI’s ‘time-exclusive’ is also documented in black and white. A November promotional trailer revealed. than Final Fantasy XVI will only be “exclusive to PlayStation 5” for six months. This means the way is open for other platforms like PC and Xbox – unless another agreement imposes additional restrictions. Imagery: Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, © 1997, 2020 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All rights reserved. CHARACTER DESIGN: TETSUYA NOMURA / ROBERTO FERRARI. LOGO ARTWORK: ©1997 YOSHITAKA AMANO

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