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Square Enix: No plans for next-gen exclusives due to backwards compatibility

Published: 10:45, 26 February 2020
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Square Enix have confirmed in their Q3 Financial Briefing that currently, there are no plans for next-gen exclusives due to backwards compatibility that will be featured in PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

As we get closer and closer to the full reveal of the next-generation consoles from both Sony and Microsoft, game developers and publishers have been unofficially mentioning some of the features that will be included in PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

One of the biggest attributes that is yet to be revealed by Sony is backwards compatibility. Microsoft already confirmed all Xbox One games will be supported on Xbox Series X, which is certainly a pretty impressive feature.

However, due to backwards compatibility, some game developers and publishers probably will not release games exclusively on next-generation consoles. One of them are Square Enix, who confirmed in their Q3 Financial Briefing Q&A, that currently, there are no plans for next-gen exclusives due to backwards compatibility that will be featured in PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

When asked about the development of new titles for current and next-gen consoles, Square Enix replied that their plan is to make new games available on both current-generation and next-generation consoles, meaning that exclusive games for new hardware will not be a thing anytime soon.

"The next-generation consoles will have backward compatibility, so we plan for the time being to make our new titles available for both current and next-generation consoles. It will, therefore, be somewhat farther down the road that we release titles exclusively for the next-generation consoles," Yosuke Matsuda, President and Representative Director said.

The decision is not surprising at all since Square Enix followed the same pattern back when Xbox One and PS4 released. The publisher launched their first big "next-gen exclusive" Just Cause 3, over two years after the launch of Xbox One and PS4.

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You can check out the full Q&A here.

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