Microsoft has hit again at Sony’s objection to its deliberate acquisition of Activision Blizzard by revealing that third-party video games like Bloodborne, Remaining Fantasy 7 Remake, Remaining Fantasy 16, and Silent Hill 2 Remake are occasion to “exclusion” agreements that can forestall these video games from coming to Xbox consoles.
The information comes as a part of Microsoft’s response to the FTC’s lawsuit in opposition to its deliberate acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Within the submitting, Microsoft defends its place by turning the highlight again onto Sony, detailing a handful of “distinguished” video games the corporate alleges have been barred from launch on Xbox.
While the submitting acknowledges that “exclusivity methods will not be unusual within the video games trade”, Microsoft appears to take problem with Sony’s partnerships with third-party publishers, specifically From Software program, Sq. Enix, and Konami.
“Along with having outright unique content material, Sony has additionally entered into preparations with third-party publishers which require the ‘exclusion’ of Xbox from the set of platforms these publishers can distribute their video games on,” the paperwork states (thanks, @KoreaXboxNews).
“Some distinguished examples of those agreements embody Remaining Fantasy VII Remake (Sq. Enix), Bloodborne (From Software program), the upcoming Remaining Fantasy XVI (Sq. Enix) and the lately introduced Silent Hill 2 remastered [sic] (Bloober crew).”
While there’s been fairly a little bit of again and fore between the 2 corporations in current months, this last sentence might come as a little bit of a shock, not least as a result of – in Silent Hill 2 Remake’s case, as an illustration – while we knew there was a 12-month console exclusivity interval for Sony, it was presumed the video games would roll out on different consoles after the exclusivity interval is up… one thing Xbox intimates is now now not the case.
For now, there’s been no clarification from any of the warring factions on whether or not or not we’ll see Silent Hill 2 Remake or Remaining Fantasy 16 pop up on Xbox Sequence X, however, as at all times, we’ll hold you posted.
Avid gamers had been lately given a chance to have their say on Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard in a public session with the UK’s Competitors and Markets Authority.
Based on the CMA, it acquired roughly 2600 emails, round 500 of which “contained abusive content material (with no different substantive content material), or had been clean, unintelligible, acknowledged to be from non-UK customers, or not in English”.
The CMA will now take into account this suggestions, in addition to proceed its personal investigations, earlier than releasing its last report by the statutory deadline of 1st March 2023.
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