Microsoft says Final Fantasy XVI and Silent Hill 2/FFVII Remakes will never come to Xbox due to Sony deals

In its 111-page long response to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority, Microsoft revealed some details that everyone initially missed. Even the Twitter account @KoreaXboxNews highlighted it. According to Microsoft, due to exclusive deals Sony has signed with Japanese publishers Square Enix and Konami, Final Fantasy XVI, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and Silent Hill 2 Remake will not be released on Xbox platforms.

Exclusivity strategies are common in the gaming industry and other markets Participants can access their own content. Exclusive to Sony and Nintendo First party games are among the best-selling games in Europe and the world. Present Sony exclusive content includes notable first-party titles such as The Last of Us, Ghosts of Tsushima, God of War, and Spider-Man.

In addition to having an express For exclusive content, Sony has also entered into arrangements with third party publishers That would require Xbox to be “excluded” from the pool of platforms that these publishers can Distribute their games to. Some notable examples of these agreements include final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix), Bloodborne (from Software), the upcoming finale Fantasy XVI (Square Enix), and the recently remastered Silent Hill 2 (Team Bloober).

Exclusive Nintendo content includes world-famous and iconic franchises such as Super Mario, Zelda, Xenoblade, Pokémon, and Animal Crossing.

We really got a taste of this with Final Fantasy VII Remake. It’s been two and a half years since the game was released on PlayStation platforms and one year since it came out on PC without any hint of an Xbox port. Speculation was that Sony managed to get a one-time deal to exclude Microsoft Xbox in the FFVII Remake trilogy, but the same appears to be the case for Final Fantasy XVI (due for release June 24, 2023 exclusively on PlayStation 5). Even though Final Fantasy XV was released on the day and date on Xbox One.

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Similarly, Silent Hill 2 Remake was announced two months ago by Konami for PlayStation and PC. However, Xbox fans certainly haven’t given up hope that it might one day be available on Microsoft’s console. After all, the original game launched on the original Xbox just three months after the PlayStation 2 release (in North America). There’s no Silent Hill 2 Remake release date yet, while Final Fantasy VII Rebirth (FFVII Remake Chapter Two) is slated for late 2023 as another PlayStation 5 exclusive.

In other Microsoft news, the company has also responded to the US Federal Trade Commission’s attempt to block an Activision Blizzard purchase.

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