Video games are a business, and a very profitable one. Every year, billions of dollars are spent on titles for games and consoles from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, and even mobile games from various developers. For games like Persona 5, they’re console exclusives, which means you can’t get them anywhere else. Fans don’t like that. Some have even started a petition to get the game on the Nintendo Switch.
This brings up a very interesting question, should certain titles be console exclusive? To be fair, console exclusives are needed, desperately so in fact. As they help give consoles their identity. Can you imagine a Mario or Legend of Zelda title on a Sony or Microsoft platform? No. Just like you couldn’t imagine Gears of War, Uncharted, or Halo on a Nintendo platform. These consoles need to have something to appeal to their fans to buy their consoles, that’s not in question. However, games like the persona franchise, do THEY need to be exclusives?
We ask this because Persona has been on Nintendo platformers before. Persona Q was on 3DS, and Atlus has brought Shin Megami Tensei to all platformers, including one to the Nintendo Switch. And while one title may be exclusive, the series isn’t. So why do fans have to adjust their console preference to certain big game titles?
Or look at Street Fighter V, that one was exclusive to PS4 and PC. But with the release of the Switch, some are wondering why Capcom wouldn’t bring it to the Switch, especially since all the “improvements” its had since launch.
Why are we asking these questions? Well, it’s because there are gamers out there who want a game in a series, but don’t have the money to buy another console to play them. Why should a Persona fan have to pay hundreds of dollars for a console that they’ll only play potentially one game on? This was something I had to ask when I wondered if I wanted to get Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. I had played the entire series on PS2, but I wasn’t going to get a PS3 (which at the time was still $300-$400) just for one game I loved. Whereas if it was on the Wii, or ported to Wii U (or even the Switch) with the rest of the Sly Cooper games, I’d buy it in a heartbeat, because I’ve already pre-ordered the Switch!
Again, we know that certain titles will always be exclusives, but that’s because the studios that make them are usually tied to a publisher. Others, like Atlus, Capcom, EA, Ubisoft, aren’t, and should try at times to bring games to as many people as possible via as many consoles or handhelds as possible. Just our opinion.