Microsoft has beaten Sony’s objection to its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard by revealing that third-party games like Bloodborne, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Final Fantasy 16, and Silent Hill 2 Remake are involved in “exclusion” agreements that prevent those games will not come to Xbox consoles.
The news comes as part of Microsoft’s response to the FTC’s lawsuit against its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. In the filing, Microsoft defends its position by turning the spotlight back on Sony and detailing a handful of “high profile” games that the company claims have been banned from releasing on Xbox.
While the filing acknowledges that “exclusivity strategies are not uncommon in the gaming industry,” Microsoft seems to question Sony’s partnerships with third-party publishers, namely From Software, Square Enix, and Konami.
“In addition to totally exclusive content, Sony has also entered into agreements with third-party publishers that require the ‘exclusion’ of Xbox from the platforms on which those publishers can distribute their games,” the filing reads (thanks, @KoreaXboxNews).
“Some prominent examples of these agreements include Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix), Bloodborne (From Software), the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI (Square Enix), and the recently announced Silent Hill 2 Remastered [sic] (Bloober Team).”
While there’s been quite a bit of back-and-forth between the two companies over the past few months, that last sentence might come as a bit of a surprise, not least because – in the case of Silent Hill 2 Remake, for example – we knew there was a 12-month period Console exclusivity for Sony, it was assumed the games would appear on other consoles after the exclusivity period expired…something Xbox is announcing is now not the case.
At the moment, there is no clarification from either warring faction as to whether or not Silent Hill 2 Remake or Final Fantasy 16 will make an appearance on Xbox Series X, but as always, we’ll keep you posted.
Gamers recently had the opportunity to comment on Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard in a public consultation with the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority.
According to the CMA, it received around 2,600 emails, of which around 500 “contained abusive content (with no other substantive content) or were blank, incomprehensible, purportedly from consumers outside the UK, or were not in English”.
The CMA will now consider this feedback and continue its own investigation before releasing its final report by the statutory deadline of March 1, 2023.
Silent Hill is back, but is it too soon?
https://www.eurogamer.net/microsoft-states-final-fantasy-16-and-silent-hill-2-remake-will-not-come-to-xbox-consoles Microsoft states that Final Fantasy 16 and Silent Hill 2 Remake will not be released for Xbox consoles