Exclusives are a funny thing, they are the cornerstone of the console wars and obviously provide a real point of difference over which console to buy or which version of the game to buy if you’re lucky enough to own both consoles.
Exclusive however doesn’t always mean exclusive, there are of course first party exclusive franchises like God Of War & Halo which will never appear on rival consoles, there are also third party exclusive franchises like Tekken, Final Fantasy and Metal Gear Solid which have all made cross-platform moves recently and will be playable on both consoles as high development costs and a more equally shared fanbase than the last console generation make the decision to develop titles for both platforms a no-brainer, not to mention a certain Xbox franchise winging its way towards the PlayStation in the future.
There are also titles which were announced as exclusive which later turned out not to be like Bioshock which proved to be a timed exclusive, and the talk of the E3 show floor being Splinter Cell: Conviction making its way to the Ps3 at some point.
More recently however the exclusive battleground has been fought around DLC, with Microsoft announcing ‘exclusive’ DLC for Fallout 3, which tuned out just to be timed as it will shortly be appearing on the PS3. Soul Calibur IV introduced the idea of exclusive playable characters with the 360 and PS3 versions of the game featuring Yoda and Darth Vader respectively, the exclusivity was later undone when both characters were made available as premium DLC for the opposing systems.
It has been known for quite some time that the Joker will be a playable character exclusively in the PS3 version of Batman Arkham asylum, but is this one of those occasions when its exclusive, a timed exclusive or a full proper and extremely rare exclusive exclusive?
Reports are surfacing today that at a special preview event “Rocksteady’s (the Batman Arkham Asylum developer) Sefton Hill confirmed that The Joker will only be playable on the PS3 version and said that due to a exclusivity deal with Sony he will not be playable on the Xbox 360 at anytime in the future” although future DLC is being developed for both systems.
So, with the information available so far it appears that the Joker will only ever be available Only.On.PlayStation.