You know, I think it's a question worth asking. In the very recent past, journalists and gamers alike have seen what developers dedicated to the PlayStation 3 can do if they focus all their efforts on producing a game specifically for Sony's console. Due to this, the other part of the debate centers on the following question: could making a game for both consoles be holding the PS3 back? Naughty Dog has already said Uncharted 2: Among Thieves would have to be a completely different game on the 360 as they utilized much of the special Cell Processor. Guerrilla had similar things to say concerning Killzone 2 and those who have played both often agree that nothing on the 360 can compare to either of those two titles.
No, I'm certainly not insinuating that everyone believes this, nor am I saying that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 would automatically be a better game if it were made exclusively for the PlayStation 3. It's more of a legitimate question; a query perhaps best answered by the developers. But even they may not know the answer if they've never embarked on a PS3-exclusive project. Our review will be coming very soon but we know for a fact that Modern Warfare 2 , despite its visual excellence, cannot compare to Uncharted 2 and in fact, nothing in the console world really can right now. It just seems that PS3 exclusives are on another level of development and maybe we could look at the most popular title of the generation thus far, and then apply this theoretical situation: what if it really was exclusive? Well, for one, Activision would never let this happen as they'd sacrifice like 65% of the sales numbers they're guaranteed to have, and we'll probably never get a direct answer from Infinity Ward.
It's just something to consider. And maybe it's more of a question about multiplatform vs. exclusive titles in general, as games exclusive to the 360 are typically better than multiplats on that console as well ( Gears of War is a perfect example). Maybe making games for both distinctly different systems really are holding game designers back, although we realize they often have little choice in the matter, what with the insane cost of producing games like MW2. But then again, we know Polyphony spent $60 million making Gran Turismo 5 and we have no doubt they'll make plenty of profit, despite it not being available on the 360. The same can be said of Turn 10 and Forza 3 on the Xbox 360. So perhaps some developers should attempt more exclusive projects and due to the greater potential of the PS3, that's the platform they might want to examine for the endeavor. Of course, you'll never see major established franchises, especially from mega-global publishers, go exclusive strictly for money reasons, but our question remains…
What say you on this matter?
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2