Kojima Production's upcoming PS3 exclusive Metal Gear Solid 4
is a very pricey game to make. Making it exclusive to one console is a risky proposition, especially in an era of skyrocketing game development. Ryan Payton told Reuters
that the high-profile title "needs to sell over a million copies on the first day it goes on sale due to its costly production." Will this be likely considering the PS3's small userbase?
Sony says that it's been prepared for the loss of third party exclusives from the get-go, understanding that publishers will want to recoup their costs differently in this generation of hardware. "We understand publishers are needing to recoup their investment," said Peter Dille, senior vice president of marketing for Sony. "From our perspective, as long as the games aren't going exclusive to other platforms, PS3 gamers are not actually losing anything." Their strategy? To have the most first party development -- more than Nintendo and Microsoft combined.Metal Gear Solid 4
isn't the last of Sony's big exclusives. In the far future, fans can also look forward to Final Fantasy XIII
. In addition, Dille noted that "15 PS3 exclusives released between September 2007 and April 2008."