That's true, but it seems a little more emphatic that it could be 100% exclusive. Didn't they also lock up FF16 100% exclusively, though it was originally rumored as being timed?
I see nothing that points to anything being 100% simply based on that comment. We've heard comments like that many times before with timed games. At one point, Bioshock was rumored to be in development for PS3 and Ken Levine himself stated NO OTHER VERSION WAS BEING MADE, thus...they will lie, they will say anything to maintain that its never coming here or there etc.....until it does. So the comment about being built for PS5 doesn't mean it can't be built for XB or Switch or anything like that and I just don't see it as some smoking gun as it being 100% only on 1 platform, as its already on PC in the first place.
Unless Sony buys that whole team, its going where that team wants it to go after this deal is done. Only that stopping that isn't deal, its Sony buying the team. That literally is the only thing I see that would change anything as ask yourself....how much money can I ask you not to buy your car, but to STOP you from selling it? Would it not clearly be the worth of the car itself? So what could Sony even offer them to NOT make more money in the future? Would that amount clearly not be what they would have made from it going to Switch or XB? Would that amount also make more sense to actually just be put towards out right buying the studio itself? So I see more value for Sony buying the team, then paying to NEVER have 1 game go to XB or Nintendo, as I don't know what that number is for a team like this, but clearly its going to be substantial if your asking them to never make that game appear anywhere else.
As for the FF thing, I highly doubt that too. I just don't buy any "100% lock up" unless Sony is publishing or bought the team and company etc. Keep in mind, I don't disagree that FF16 indeed might not actually come to XB, but that has more to do with MS, Japan and the brand in general. Square has tried with XB, I mean they really put a lot on the platform and last gen they did the best they could do. KH coming to XB, the collection coming, older FF titles coming etc, after a whole ass gen of that, if they don't see a return, its clear its just not worth the money to keep doing this if you are getting such a low return.
Kingdom Hearts 3 made its UK debut at the top of the charts.
Almost four out of every five physical launch copies sold on PS4.
^That might be enough for Square to consider a timed deal with Sony to get extra money and then just not waste the energy to port.
Think about it from Square's prospective. "We are not selling as well on XB, lets limit our platforms for the next FF and Kin-....someone is at the door"
Sony -" Please don't put FF on XB, we have $50 million to make a timed deal"
Square "WOOOW bro, we funa put it on XB if you don't increase that number" lol
For all we know, Square likely was planning to scale back on that plaform anyway, a deal with Sony only sweetens that deal even more. So not saying Sony doesn't have some deal with FF16, simply that if it indeed never comes to XB, that might have more to do with how those games did last gen, then a check from Sony.