The One-Man Console War

Marvel’s Avengers and Exclusivity

“Spider-Man is a unique opportunity for us because of the relationship that PlayStation and Marvel have…That is the only character that we are doing that way”.

This move sparked immediate debate throughout the gaming space, and has left people on one of two sides: those who oppose the unprompted corporate cash grab, and PlayStation players. Those with access to either a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 seem to have a general disapproving complacency, disappointed with such a predatory move but ultimately fine with feeding Sony their money. This new Avengers game is built around its characters, providing unique emotes, some very dope costumes, in-depth ability trees, and gear builds for us to tinker with. Player choice is important in the video game experience, and exclusivity chips away at that choice — especially in a game like this. As it stands, this would be like Destiny 2 dropping a new subclass exclusively to a specific platform. It locks an entire aspect of game play (both in a solo and team environment) from 2/3 of the player base, and the only way to get the key to that lock is by declaring your unyielding loyalty (wallet) to the PlayStation banner for years to come.

"I find it completely counter to what gaming is about to say that part of that is to lock people away from being able to experience those games. Or to force someone to buy my specific device on the day that I want them to go buy it, in order to partake in what gaming is about”.

Even the Beta launching early for PlayStation 4 is fine, eyebrow-raising for sure, but fine. It comes off like a respectable nudge to go and play on their console, a business move players can accept or decline as they wish. Oh, what’s that, PlayStation players will get exclusive monthly community challenges for a year (until 9/4/21)? Okay. Oh, PlayStation players can also purchase legendary outfits from the in-game store 30 days before other platforms? Weird flex, but alright.




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