Phil Spencer: ‘I’ll Work On Making Amends For Street Fighter’
At Gamescom this year, Microsoft fired a shot in the console war with the announcement that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be a timed Xbox exclusive. Last week, Sony fired back with its own third-party deal.
We reported (and then were able to confirm) that Street Fighter V will be exclusive to PlayStation 4 and PC. We now know that this deal isn’t a timed one. If you want to play Street Fighter V, you won’t be able to do it on Xbox One.
In response, head of Xbox Phil Spencer took to Twitter to address fan concerns.
@BRUSH0GUN I'd love it if XBOX fans could play all the games, but business just makes some deals happen. It's all part of competition.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) December 6, 2014
@broggiedoge Love the idea of game franchise bartering, I'll work on making amends for SF.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) December 8, 2014
Spencer did take the opportunity to point to Microsoft exclusive Killer Instinct, stating his view on first-party investments.
@CapitanoCasella Business deals happen. We won't do all of them. When we have a 1st party franchise in a genre I'd rather invest in ours.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) December 6, 2014
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Third-party exclusives are a macro solution to the competition problem. Sony and Microsoft must differentiate, and software is the way to do that. Unfortunately, the third-party route is causing frustration among gamers at the micro level (as we saw in response to both the Tomb Raider and Street Fighter announcements).
Spencer isn’t wrong, though. This is business, and it seems gamers are going to need to get used to these arrangements, just like in the 8- and 16-bit days.