Sony: Exclusive Destiny content coming to PS4, similar to Call of Duty with Xbox One
Microsoft may have secured the rights to timed exclusive DLC for Call of Duty: Ghosts, but when it comes to Destiny, Activision's other highly anticipated game from developer Bungie, PlayStation will be king.
Back at E3, we learned that the PlayStation community (read: PS3 and PS4) will get exclusive content for Destiny. At the time, we weren't quite sure what that meant -- possibly extra content like Sony has arranged with Ubisoft for Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag -- but now it sounds like the arrangement will be similar to that of Xbox One's setup with Call of Duty. Speaking to Metro, SCEE president and CEO Jim Ryan reiterated that Sony is partnering with Activision with Destiny that will result in exclusive content.
"We’ve carefully selected titles where we feel it’s appropriate to partner with a third party. So Activision, yes, are doing stuff on Call Of Duty with Microsoft," Ryan said. "However, we are partnering with Activision on Destiny. And you know Destiny is a new IP from Bungie and there’s gonna be stuff that is exclusive to the PlayStation SKU for a window of time and there’s gonna be a lot of PlayStation-branded marketing collateral and there’s gonna be PlayStation hardware bundles."
I don't know about you, but the phrase "exclusive to the PlayStation SKU for a window of time" certainly sounds similar to that of Call of Duty and Xbox. If the setup does happen to be the same, then PlayStation gamers can expect Destiny's DLC to arrive 30-or-so days prior to releasing on other platforms.
Ryan added, "So, Destiny isn’t a launch title but it’s pretty much an exact offset to what Activision is doing with Microsoft and I would argue that as new IP coming from Bungie I would rather be in a position of having a long term relationship with Activision on Destiny than on Call Of Duty, which has obviously been around for a very long time.
"And equally on Ubisoft, Destiny is new IP on this gen, as is Watch Dogs. We feel it’s preferable, if possible, to tie these sorts of deals in with stuff that’s new and a bit fresh," he concluded.
While timed exclusives or additional content have never swayed my decision in purchasing a game, it's nice to see that Sony is reaching out to third-parties.