Originally Posted by Sannakji
MGS, GTA, R.E. and Final Fantasy have never been exclusives. They went from Nintendo, to Playstation, to PC, to XBOX... so no, it has not already started happening. Just because a game went unreleased on another platform does not mean it was contracted to be an exclusive for that console only...
If a game isn't available on another platform whether or not it is contracted to be it is exclusive. Final Fantasy up until FFXIII was platform exclusive. If you wanted an NES era version of it you picked up an NES cart, in the SNES era it was an SNES cart (not a Genisis cart), PS era it was on the PS, PS2 era it was on the PS2, but now since FXIII you are seeing (and will continue to see) simultaneous releases across multiple platforms. The same has happened to MGS w/ Reveangance and ME w/ ME3. Companies that at one time were willing to release a product on a single platform (or grant a console a period of exclusivity) will no longer do so because they would be leaving money on the table. You still have first party exclusives and you always will, but the days of third party developers releasing AAA titles on a single platform are over.
I honestly don't think exclusives matter all that much anymore. For Gran Turismo there is Forza, for Zelda there is Ratchet and Clank, for Gears of War there is Killzone. Console makers don't depend as heavily on exclusives to move systems like they used to. Multimedia capabilities, new ways of interfacing and consuming content, online networks, etc. These are selling systems. Can't tell you how many people I have spoke to that picked up a 360 not because of exclusives, but because all of their friends game on XBL. Sure its anecdotal, but just one generation ago that wasn't even a consideration, and now it is a serious selling point.Edited by tubnotub1 - 2/15/13 at 11:28pm