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Haze Now Slated As A PS3 Exclusive 51

Haze, a first person shooter slated for release this year, has surprisingly been announced as a PlayStation 3 exclusive. This past spring Ubisoft, the game's publisher, announced that the First Radical title was going to have the PS3 as its 'lead platform' when it released. It appears that lead has now become 'only'. "Currently only the PS3 version of Free Radical's shooter is in development. The France-based publisher also noted that it was still leaving the door open in the future for 'new partnerships,' but currently the game is indeed only planned for the PS3. A spokesperson said, 'The official statement on PC and Xbox 360 is that these platforms are not confirmed.'"
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Haze Now Slated As A PS3 Exclusive

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  • PR speak (Score:2, Insightful)

    by flitty ( 981864 ) on Friday August 31, 2007 @04:04PM (#20428249)
    Doesn't that translate into "It's exclusive to PS3, until it isn't."
  • Re:PR speak (Score:3, Insightful)

    by QMalcolm ( 1094433 ) on Friday August 31, 2007 @04:07PM (#20428289)
    Exactly. What Ubisoft is doing here is nothing but marketing.

    Haze is announced multiplatform: people talk about it for a while but mostly forget about it.
    Haze is announced as PS3 exclusive: fanboys suddenly care about it, talk about it much more.
    Haze is released on PS3, then the 360/PC versions are announced: "OMG PS3 exclusive coming to 360/PC!" People talk about it again.
  • Sony (Score:3, Insightful)

    by king-manic ( 409855 ) on Friday August 31, 2007 @04:08PM (#20428291)
    Someone at Sony has just wizened up to what will move units. The apocalypse must be nigh.

    I like the PS3 I own one and it seriously needs more exclusive games. Sony needs to open up the purse strings and start bribing or buying key developers like MS did. Maybe making a good developer tool suite would help too. I know Bioware swore off the PS2 platform after their PS2 efforts nearly sent the whole programming dept into mental institutes. By all accounts the PS3 is the same but harder.
  • Re:PR speak (Score:2, Insightful)

    by flitty ( 981864 ) on Friday August 31, 2007 @04:11PM (#20428321)
    Ok, after looking at the actual statement again, The /. title is Misleading. Nowhere does he say that it's a PS3 Exclusive, or anything of the sort. "PC and 360 ... not confirmed" could mean, "we are in talks to make it multi-platform", definately not "oh yeah, PS3 4 Lyfe!". Are the /. editors at home already for the weekend, how did a sony fanboy sneak this through?
  • by Fallen Kell ( 165468 ) on Friday August 31, 2007 @04:38PM (#20428595)

    So, you're asserting that the platform is a factor in whether or not a game is good
    Yes, I think he is, and he has nailed it right on the head. I give you example 1: eview.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=gssummary&tag=sum mary;review []

    With such CONS like:

    Streamlined controls make things a little too easy and a little less adventurous
    What was that? BETTER controls makes the game too easy? Wait, roll that back again. They are saying that because the controls are so good and intuitive, the game is easier to play. I never knew that if you made the most convoluted controls and user interface that make the game impossible to play would result in a "PRO" as opposed to a "CON". But since they are saying that good, intuitive controls is a "CON", I guess that the contrapositive is also the case.

    We also get the:

    Doesn't do much different than the previous two Metroid Prime games.
    I wonder what they say when Halo 3 comes out...
  • by alxbtk ( 1009019 ) on Friday August 31, 2007 @05:11PM (#20428923) Homepage
    GP just needs a reason to feel better about his PS3 purchase...

    Haze is a good game, and a PS3 exclusive = he's finally happy he bought this console
    Haze is a good game, available on PS3/PC/XBOX360 = cool, but he could have played it on another system
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 31, 2007 @05:55PM (#20429243)
    The main reason why I want it to stay an exclusive is so I actually have a reason to buy games for my PS3... ...since I prefer the 360's controller, if a title comes out for both systems I will generally buy it for the 360...

    So, let me get this straight: you own both consoles and prefer the 360's controls, but want them to prevent you from buying a version for the 360 so that you're forced to play on the PS3 -- which you prefer less -- just so that you can purchase a game?

  • by alvinrod ( 889928 ) on Friday August 31, 2007 @06:32PM (#20429593)
    They've figured out what they need to do, but in some ways I wonder if they're a little late in doing so. Maybe Haze will be an astonishingly brilliant game, but I think Microsoft gobbled up some good exclusive content in Bioshock and the GTA:4 downloadable content. Bioshock is already out and I think it's one of those games that people are going to be talking about for a while and in some ways could potentially overshadow Halo 3.

    Sony is still hurting for a big ticket game for this holiday season. A lot of people were banking on Lair or Heavenly Sword being some must have games, but Lair has been getting demolished by reviewers and Heavenly Sword seems to be one of those "good but not great" games that will sell copies, but isn't going to move consoles for the most part. It seems like Sony is always one step behind or waiting for what's just around the corner. The increased hardware sales are good, but unless they really pick up they're just going to be the console that gets Xbox 360 ports that don't look quite as good from the transition.

    Having better developer tools is probably a good solution that can help make their games look better or easier to code, but I've never developed for the cell architecture so I can't testify to the current development tools available or how well they work. I think the best solution at this point is for Sony to do what MIcrosoft did and to throw money at some companies in order to pick up some exclusives that look like they have a good shot at moving consoles. Why they didn't take up Take Two to make GTA:4 a PS3 timed (or complete) exclusive is beyond me. However, whether or not Sony will have to settle for second-best exclusives since Microsoft has already picked some of theirs remains to be seen.

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