If there’s one thing Microsoft is good at, it’s securing [timed] exclusive content for normally multiplatform games. That trend isn’t slowing down this year, with three of the biggest games favoring Xbox this year.
As expected, Activision and Sledgehammer Games’ Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will continue the series’ tradition of releasing downloadable content on Xbox platforms before any others. While details on the content have yet to be revealed, this has traditionally referred to multiplayer map packs. The DLC will premier on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One before later being released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC.
2k Games and Turtle Rock Studios are also bringing downloadable content to Xbox first for the upcoming multiplayer co-op shooter Evolve, which releases on October 21 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Similarly to Turtle Rock’s famous Left 4 Dead, Evolve has a group of four players banding together to survive a dark alien world. Meanwhile, a fifth player will control a monstrous alien in an attempt to defeat all four human characters. In addition to receiving DLC first, an Xbox-exclusive beta is planned before the game’s release.
Finally, Electronic Arts and BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition will also see DLC released on Xbox 360 and Xbox One before PS3, PS4, and PC. The nature of this content has, of course, not been detailed, though previous Dragon Age games had DLC that was more akin to an expansion pack, with new areas and quests. Inquisition will be released on October 7.
While exclusive content is often looked at in a negative light, it definitely helps give Microsoft’s platforms a boost, and these games are sure to help push the Xbox brand.