A story as old as the console releases themselves, exclusive games have plagued those that many only have access to one console and can’t gain access to the newer releases. With the next generation of consoles announcing that they are back compatible with older games, it may seem initially like a step in the right direction for how our games - however as we increasingly move toward digitally owed games that can be taken away from us at any moment, but can we expect to see a chance in how exclusivity is handled?
The short answer, for the most part, is likely no - as we see more added to the lists every year. But we are seeing things change from where there used to be - namely as the exclusivity clause may only last for a period of time, rather than indefinitely. One of the most anticipated upcoming releases is a perfect example of this - the Final Fantasy VII remake is set to release on April 10th for the Playstation 4, and then a year later on other platforms - but as the game will be separated into different episodes many are asking the question of whether or not the future episode releases will follow the same release schedule, or all at the same time. However the good news in that is at least the game is coming to other platforms - in this example, Square Enix has had a long history with complete playstation exclusivity, so for those who are a fan of the series, as with the past couple of games, will have the option to play it on their preferred platform.
This may not be true for all platforms however, as mobile and and PC gamers will still receive different treatment - either for the better or worse depending on how you look at it. The mobile gaming market is enormous and it continues to grow - in the UK betting and casino apps are leading the way and these sites aren’t blocked by Gamstop as many register themselves elsewhere, but we are also seeing more large multiplayer games move to mobile devices too - Fortnite being a perfect example. PC gamers will always deal with some level of exclusivity, although they have it a little easier as the platform tends to have a much higher level of support - bigger development communities, mod support, and platforms to purchase games to give some more freedom on availability.
Many will hope that the release gap for exclusivity will close however - consoles are becoming more powerful with each new release, but they tend to match each other quite closely meaning hardware restrictions aren’t a deciding factor - so for now whilst we can be sure that exclusivity is here to stay, as we head more toward cross-platform play and cross-platform releases, even if there is a delay between each platform receiving the release, perhaps the future holds a point in time where whichever console you play on, regardless of manufacturer, you able to gain access to your much anticipated upcoming release at the same time as everyone else.
Ninja Theory's 4v4 team brawler 'Bleeding Edge' is now available for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Play Bleeding Edge with Xbox Game Pass today!
From the studio behind DmC: Devil May Cry and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice comes Bleeding Edge, a fast and frenetic 4v4 team brawler where every fighter comes mechanically enhanced for mayhem!
Choose your fighter from a diverse cast of colourful characters from the edges of society: burn rubber as bold and beautiful Buttercup with her detachable saw blade arms, wreak havoc as Black-Metal rocker Niđhöggr with his electrifying guitar solos or slash up the streets as Daemon, New York’s most wanted assassin.
Experience one of a kind multiplayer that fuses combo mechanics with dynamic 3rd person action. Freeze foes in time, control minds, ride missiles and unleash electrifying guitar solos in a fast-paced yet strategic combat system that rewards technique, timing, and teamwork.
Give yourself an edge by creating unique load-outs for every fighter. Choose from hundreds of cybernetic mods to fully tailor your build to suit your personal play style, all earnable through gameplay.
Use your environment to your advantage with deadly arena hazards and gain the upper hand in moments of chaos. Yank opponents into a high voltage electric fence with Buttercup’s buzzsaw, or charge enemy aggressors into the path of an oncoming train with Makutu’s shoulder barge.
Bleeding Edge is available to purchase on Xbox One and Windows 10 for $29.99, €29.99, £24.99, AU$39.95.The game includes Xbox Play Anywhere and is available free for Xbox Game Pass subscribers.
Space Engineers (@SpaceEngineersG) is now available for digital pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. Pre-order now to unlock 3 premium skins, get the game four days earlier before release and get priority access to the closed beta in March 2020.
Space Engineers is a sandbox game about engineering, construction, exploration and survival in space and on planets. Players build space ships, space stations, planetary outposts of various sizes and uses, pilot ships and travel through space to explore planets and gather resources to survive.
There are 2 digital editions of Space Engineers available to pre-order:
Space Engineers Ultimate Edition ($29.99, €29.99, £24.99, AU$44.95) - Pre-order the Ultimate Edition now to unlock 3 premium skins, get the game four days earlier before release and get priority access to the closed beta in March 2020. The Space Engineers Ultimate Edition 2019 includes all of the DLCs for Space Engineers, all the decorative blocks and cosmetic items released in 2019. Digital pre-order bonus skins include the Veteran Mark II, NextGen and Aviator.
The February 2020 Games with Gold (@GamesWithGold) lineup includes: TT Isle of Man, Call of Cthulhu, Fable Heroes, and Star Wars Battlefront.
Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members on Xbox One can pickup TT Isle of Man (normally $71.99 ERP) for free during the month of February, with Call of Cthulhu (normally $39.99 ERP) on February 16th to March 15th.
Starting February 1st, the Xbox 360 version of Fable Heroes (normally $9.99 ERP) will be available to download free for Xbox Live Gold members through February 15th. Then on February 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download the original Xbox edition of Star Wars Battlefront (normally $9.99 ERP) for free through February 29th.
February 2020 Xbox Games With Gold
TT Isle of Man - February 1st to February 29th (Xbox One)
Call of Cthulhu - February 16th to March 15th (Xbox One)
Fable Heroes - February 1st to February 15th (Xbox 360/Xbox One)
Star Wars Battlefront - February 16th to February 29th (Xbox 360/Xbox One)
Titles are available as free downloads for qualifying Xbox Live Gold members in all markets where Xbox Live is available. Some regions may offer different titles depending on market availability.
Bungie’s Guardians for Australia fundraising campaign is now liveon the Bungie Store and Bungie Store EU to support both Australia’s firefighting efforts and the country’s animal rescue and conservation efforts. The bush fires currently ravaging Australia have been devastating. Many people have lost their homes, firefighters are risking their lives daily, and an estimated hundreds of millions of wild animals have fallen victim to the fires.
All profits will directly be donated to both WIRES, Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation, and NSW Rural Fire Service, which services the state of New South Wales, where the fires have been especially devastating and are in dire need of containment.
Bungie has developed a limited time Guardians for Australia T-shirt, which comes with an exclusive Destiny 2 “Star Light, Star Bright” emblem redemption code with purchase that is now available for pre-order on the Bungie Store and Bungie Store EU between, Friday, 17 January, and Tuesday, 18 February at 9 a.m. Pacific (5 p.m. GMT), ending with the weekly reset and the end of Crimson Days.
Bungie also want to thank local Guardians in Australia for raising $12K AUD and counting for the Australian Red Cross – please see their fundraiser here. Thank you for your support and being a part of the Bungie family.
For more information about Bungie’s GUARDIANS FOR AUSTRALIA Fundraising Campaign please visit:
The Xbox Hooded Union Suit delivers a whole lot of comfort—and style—for your game-filled days and nights. Designed for the loud-and-proud gamers, it boasts three separate pockets for an Xbox One controller, TV remote, and phone. And the big sewn Xbox sphere applique on the back ensures the world knows where you stand.
Sure, your boss might hate it, but deep down you know it’s because they wish they had one, too. Made of 100% polyester, this bold fashion piece is certain to clear the sidewalk and leave strangers beside themselves with envy.
Designed for long nights spent conspiring and battling with frenemies near and far, this loosely fitted hooded union suit keeps you snug and cozy through every campaign. Just be sure to add a little extra time for breaks.