As many of you well know, the PlayStation 3 will be getting an updated version of smash-hit RPG Oblivion, heretofore only available on the Xbox 360 and PC. This announcement prompted concern amongst PC and Xbox 360 loyalists who worried about missing out on content exclusive to the PlayStation 3 version of the game.
Bethesda says don't worry your pretty little heads about it. Asked by IGN about the issue, Bethesda's Todd Howard replied, "We always aim to have all our content available across all platforms, so that is our goal."
Welcome to the new generation! So long as no single platform has a major lead over the others, we can expect that most publishers will opt to launch their games for all platforms, assuming there are no technical limitations to doing so. Analyst consensus is that this generation of the console wars will be far less lopsided than the era in which the PlayStation 2 dominated. Publishers will naturally produce products for the platforms on which gamers congregate.
To put it another way: if you see an exclusive, someone paid big money to obtain rights to that exclusive.
[Via Xbox 360 Fanboy.com]