Microsoft’s desire to buy Activision Blizzard was announced earlier this year, forcing Sony to oppose the deal, which the Japanese believe would harm competitiveness in the gaming market. Since then, the war between industry giants has been – let’s not hide it – a nasty character. A recent report on the so-called Xbox Exemption Agreement is a perfect example of this.
Microsoft has published its response to the UK Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) announcement on its acquisition of Activision Blizzard. This document describes a move on the part of the Playstation manufacturers. According to The Americans, Sony needs to convince some developers to remove Xbox from the list of target platforms for their upcoming games..
“Exclusivity strategies are not uncommon in the games industry and other market participants have access to their own content. 238 Sony and Nintendo’s exclusive first-party games are among the best-selling in Europe and worldwide. 239 Current Sony exclusive content such as first-party titles is prominent. End into us all, Ghosts of Tsushima, God of warAnd Spider Man. In addition to having full exclusive content, Sony also made arrangements with third-party publishers that required Xbox’s “exemption” from the set of platforms on which these publishers could distribute their games. There are some prominent examples of these agreements Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix), blood related (from Software), forthcoming Final Fantasy XVI (Square Enix) and recently announced Silent Hill 2 Remastered (Bloober Team)” reads Report (via Xbox news for Koreans)
In short, this means that games like the ones mentioned above depend on Sony’s goodwill Final Fantasy VII Remake Or Silent Hill 2 Remake Xbox gave way to consoles.
While the aforementioned titles (owned by third-party publishers) are not surprising, the mention of blood related Microsoft’s report is incomprehensible. After all, the game is fully funded by Sony, the exclusive owner of the brand.
At the time of writing, Sony representatives have not released any statement on the matter.