Sony is well known for their exclusives.
This generation, Uncharted , inFamous , Heavy Rain , LittleBigPlanet , Killzone , MotorStorm , and Demon's Souls all became new exclusive IPs that cemented the PlayStation 3 as the hardcore gamer's platform. The continuation of already established franchises, like Metal Gear Solid , God of War , Ratchet & Clank , and Gran Turismo has continued to bolster the brand.
But once upon a time, there was a first-party RPG that fans of the genre really loved, despite the lukewarm critical reception. It was Legend of Dragoon , Sony's first role-playing attempt and one that boasted a decent story and a turn-based mechanic with a timing twist. I distinctly recall certain elements of the game; i.e., the strange contrast between the beautifully designed towns and the drab, linear world map. I also remember thinking that Sony probably should leave RPGs to the experts (like Squaresoft), but this was before I played it.
Much was made of the amazing movies included in the game; they surpassed just about everything else in terms of technical proficiency, and were the reason the game shipped on 4 CDs. We had heard about it for a loooong time, too, as it had been in the works for over 3 years and the development team consisted of over 100 members (big numbers in those days). And you know, we really don't have a lot of high-profile RPG exclusives in the PlayStation realm. There's White Knight Chronicles and Demon's Souls , along with a few other Japanese-developed RPGs, but where's our LoD sequel?
If you want action, you go to God of War . If you want chilling, innovative drama, you play Heavy Rain . If you want more innovation in the realm of player creativity and platforming, you go with LittleBigPlanet . Racing? Gran Turismo . Action/adventures? MGS, Uncharted , inFamous . But where's our first-party RPG? Why couldn't it be a LoD follow-up? Oh, I know…it's impossible. Yeah, we've heard that from Square Enix a million times before. Oh well. 'sigh'