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Answer: Assassin's Creed

From a blog comment by "Mid-LifeCrysis":

Do you have any insight on whether "Assassin's Creed" is going to be a PS3 exclusive game? There's lots of inconsistent information out there on the Web. The game looks so spectacular that I think many console purchasing decisions would be influenced by the answer. Tks again.

And, from "JJ":

If possible, I would like to know if you can get any information as to whether Mercenaries 2 will be a Playstation 3 exclusive. It would seem strange to me if it was, considering the original Mercenaries sold well on both Xbox and PS2. Perhaps you could also speak more generally about third-party decisions to grant exclusives. Is it simply that one console maker will pay a lot for the exclusive? If so, do bidding wars for exclusives happen frequently? Thanks again.

John Gaudiosi replies:

Ubisoft has not gone the exclusive route for any of its previous new game franchises, and Assassin's Creed is a new franchise. Sequels are already mapped out for the game. What they have done in the past (as have other publishers like Rockstar Games), is release a PS2 version of a game first for an exclusive window and then release the same game on Xbox later.

I expect Assassin's Creed, which stands out as one of the most original and best-looking games of the show, to ship for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC next year. Not even Rockstar is doing the "exclusive window" thing with PS3 and Xbox 360 (although Xbox 360 will get exclusive episodic content for download). The same will likely hold true for Mercenaries 2, unless Sony or Microsoft pick up that game to publish as a first-party game.

A good example of this shift in strategy for third-party games can be seen with THQ's WWE Smackdown vs. RAW 2007. Over the years, THQ has released exclusive WWE games on each of the three platforms. With the added production costs for next-gen games (which can be twice as much to create), THQ is releasing a single WWE game across all platforms. This saves them money and builds a single brand with gamers.

I think you'll see a lot more of this from publishers, who will want to sell as many units as possible across as many platforms as possible to cut their potential losses. Next generation has changed the dynamics of game publishing for the big publishers. It's always a tricky proposition with a console transition, because there are fewer gamers out there to sell their next-gen games to at first. But increased costs have really made placing bets on a one-platform game a costly gamble.

By Bob Greiner  |  May 12, 2006; 1:22 PM ET  | Category:  E3: Answering Your Questions
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Red Steel is a new franchise from UbiSoft which is being released exclusively for the Wii. Serge Hascoet in UbiSoft's press release says "We're honored to announce this exciting new franchise and we're confident that Red Steel will be the must-have title for the Revolution when it launches."

I'm looking forward to it. It sounds like the new controller will make this game, Metroid, and the new Zelda very fun to play.

Posted by: Fletcher | May 12, 2006 2:06 PM

i saw assasins creed and it looked like a ps3 only game, but i still think we as in ps3 will get the downloads aswell because the ps3 market place so the content downloads will also be cross console.

Posted by: 360basher | May 12, 2006 2:14 PM

Thanks John G. for taking the time and for your helpful response. Great work on this blog.

Posted by: Mid-Life Crysis | May 12, 2006 2:41 PM

IGN had an article up that Assassins Creed was running on a 360 with a Custom USB Playstation Controller and not on the PS3! They removed it shortly after.

E3 2006: Xbox 360 Assassinated
Ubisoft Montreal's Prince of Persia influenced action game may come to Xbox 360.
by Douglass C. Perry
May 12, 2006 - Ubisoft Montreal revealed its next incredible project, Assassins: Creed, exclusively for PlayStation 3 at E3 this year, much to the delight of Sony console fans and to the dismay of Microsoft consoles fans.

A third-person action game in the vein of Prince of Persia, Ubisoft Montreal's newest title shows off the next generation with fantastic texture work, early but promising animations, and newly envisioned levels of Prince/Spider-Men climbing/traversing. But the game, officially, is strictly exclusive to PlayStation 3. Ubisoft officially would not comment on a possible Xbox 360 version.

According to sources close to the company, however, there are potential plans for an Xbox 360 version at Assassins: Creed sometime in 2007. Additionally, Microsoft sources who asked not to be mentioned by name, claimed the demo, hidden behind closed doors at E3, was running on an Xbox 360 using a third-party USB PlayStation controller. The game system was hidden in a stand covered by a sheet. Again, Ubisoft officials would not comment.

We'll have more soon.

Posted by: Sudokuman | May 13, 2006 11:53 AM

I'll give you a good example as to why I think Assassins Creed will come to X360.

Splenter Cell.

It was a big "Xbox only" exclusive game made by UBI that eventually made it's way to PS2.

IMO, It's another "windowed exclusive" too.

Red Steel may be an exclusive only game, but that's because of the Wii's special controller function, making it a totally different situation. On X360 & PS3, Red Steel would just be a ported, inferior graphics, under potential FPS.

At last year's Tokyo Game Show, Ubisoft showed a glimpse of Assassins, which at that point it was announced as coming to the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Also, in October of last year, at Microsoft's X05 event, Peter Moore specifically mentioned the title in his address.

Plus, Ubisoft 2006- 2007 release date list was supposedly leaked onto the internet recently too.

* Tom Clancy's Firehawk (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) - March 2007
* Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 5 (PS3, Xbox 360, Rev, PC, PSP) - November 2006
* Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 4 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Xbox, PS2) - March 2007
* Assassin (PS3, Xbox 360, Rev, PC, PSP) - March 2007
* Game 5 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) - Spring 2007
* Alive (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) - Spring 2007
* Naruto (Xbox 360)
* Rayman 4 (PS3, Xbox 360, Rev, PC, PS2, handheld) - November 2006
* Dark Messiah of Might & Magic (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
* Brothers in Arms 3 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Nintendo Revolution, DS ) - February 2007
* Ninja Turtles (PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Revolution, PC, handheld) - Spring 2007
* Highway Battles (Xbox 360)
* Enchant Arms (Xbox 360) - July 2006
* Blazing Angel 1.5 (PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox) - November 2006
* Ghost Recon 3 Mission Pack (PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and PSP)

Posted by: Dean M. | May 14, 2006 5:27 AM

Talk about amazing graphics this game won best of show for the PS3 on, but it was actually running on an xbox360

Sorry sony but the ulgy truth is exposed. Guess they have a hard time getting ANYTHING that looks good running on a ps3.

Posted by: Amazing 360 game! | May 17, 2006 7:30 PM

when is smackdown vs raw 2007 coming out on psp

Posted by: DK | June 19, 2006 2:33 AM

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