Third-party exclusives have always been a part of the gaming industry, but so far this generation, they seem to have taken on a more impactful and prevalent role. These sorts of games go a long way in helping move PS4, Xbox One or Wii U units and it doesn’t look like we’ll see a change in this trend moving into next year.
Two of the Xbox One’s biggest third-party exclusives this generation have come from Insomniac Games and Capcom, in the form of Sunset Overdrive and Dead Rising 3, respectively. Sony has a slew of upcoming exclusives as we look into next year. Nintendo has embraced third-party exclusives on their own with games like Bayonetta 2 coming to the Wii U.
These types of games are a great way to move consoles, much like first-party exclusives do, and they aren’t going away anytime soon. Matt Diener, who is a qualitative analyst at EEDAR, told byteclay.com about whether or not third-party exclusives will continue to be a strong trend as we move into 2016.
“Third-party exclusives are going to continue into 2016, and they’re arguably more important in the industry than ever. With a growing number of platforms like PC, mobile, and Apple TV vying for a player’s attention and dollars, the major console developers need third-party exclusives to help entice players to their side to convince them that there’s a valuable experience that can only be enjoyed on their platform.
“Nintendo, for example, has a strong portfolio of first-party games (to say nothing of Bayonetta 2), that can only be played on the Wii U, and that’s been the primary factor in moving units for the system. But looking specifically at Microsoft and Sony, both already have exclusives announced for 2016 and these exclusives allow the consoles to position themselves strategically to appeal to different segments of gamers,” Diener said.
When you take a peek at Microsoft’s upcoming third-party exclusives, they have major titles such as Quantum Break and Scalebound upcoming in 2016. Sony has titles like Street Fighter V, in addition to a number of first-party exclusives coming to the PS4 next year.
It’ll be interesting to see what sort of third-party support Nintendo will have next year. We know they’ll begin talking about their new hardware, codenamed NX, next year, but what will be telling is how much third-party support they have for the system. Third-party exclusives continue to be an important part of each system-holder’s business and that doesn’t look like it’ll change anytime soon.