We now know that some pretty heavily-anticipated games won’t be coming to Xbox consoles due to agreements Sony has made with third party publishers.
This is according to Microsoft’s response to the XMA’s issues statement back in October, in which named several titles that were under “Xbox exclusion” agreements.
Apparently this tidbit had gone unnoticed until recently pointed out in a Twitter post by Xbox News for Koreans. As you can see in that post below, the list of titles under such exclusion agreements is pretty impressive…not to mention disappointing for Xbox gamers, particularly fans of the Final Fantasy roleplaying franchise.
MS has already told CMA that Final Fantasy VII Remake cannot be released on Xbox. This is because Sony has signed a "Xbox exclusion" agreement with some third-party publishers for several games including FF VII Remake.https://t.co/g5URqGI2HA https://t.co/jbk6hXoQej pic.twitter.com/caChLDNkrH
— Xbox News for Koreans ???????? – 네이버 Xbox 정보 카페 (@KoreaXboxnews) December 22, 2022
Among the games for which Sony has procured console exclusivity: Final Fantasy XVI, Final fantasy VII Remake (all three installments), and the Silent Hill 2 remake. The Xbox exclusion stipulation doesn’t seem to apply to PC gaming, so we may at least eventually see PC versions of these games as has already been the case with Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Featured image via IGN.