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Friday, 10 September 2010 10:04

Could Quantic Dream go multiplatform?

Written by David Stellmack
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Heavy Rain developer looking at the options
Could it be that Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream will be the next developer to go multiplatform with future releases? Sources tell us that this exact debate is going on internally within the company. Company founder David Cage is said to have recently hinted that the company is seeking a much wider audience for its next release, which would mean a multiplatform release.

Many companies are moving toward, looking at or have announced that they will be doing multiplatform releases going forward. The news isn’t surprising, as the development costs continue to escalate and the development time is longer, and companies are looking at options to maximize their profit on their investment. This will lead to a reduced number of exclusives on each platform.

Platform exclusives have been one way that each company was able to set its console apart from the others. In the future, the number of exclusive titles will be much less, which means that of course the differences between platforms will be less, as well. This will make a decision among platforms a bit more difficult.

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+10 #1 AndreiD 2010-09-10 13:05
Isolating yourself to only 1 platform is a very bad decision.
More platforms means a bigger audience and in the end, that equals bigger sales.
At the same time you're not going to be so vulnerable if the said platform dies out (as many did through the years).
 
 
+12 #2 leftiszi 2010-09-10 14:57
If game developers want to keep something exclusive, they can keep the crappy textures and geometry. We don't need that on the PC.
 
 
+4 #3 Taoist 2010-09-10 20:13
@Andrei, not to the console makers (Sony, MS) it isn't. As for the devs, it appears to be beneficial in the short term; exclusivity isn't given out for free, usually exclusive titles tend to be quite good, and if your product has a lot of potential, you won't part with it for nothing. So, it can be assumed that there are short term benefits that aid with financial backing security, and more deadline freedom to get the product as good as it's going to get-while it's certainly a trade-off, one can assume that it's the lesser evil in certain cases.
 

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