With the recent announcement of Case: West, yet another Xbox 360 exclusive DLC episode for Dead Rising 2, Capcom have commented on what many PS3 fans perceive as preferential treatment.
Denying it has alienated PS3 owners of the upcoming zombie title, the Japanese publisher has assured PS3 gamers that they’re not missing out on the full game, the retail title itself a self-contained story. Going further, Capcom have explained the reason behind the exclusivity offering, stating that it’s only available on Microsoft’s platform as a gift to Xbox 360 gamers who supported the first title.
Co-producer Shinsaku Ohara stated in an interview with Eurogamer:
“I think Inafune said that we’re sorry that it seems like you’re getting a little bit less of the Dead Rising 2 universe, but you’ll still be able to enjoy the full game. You’ll just miss a little bit of extra. We haven’t completely alienated PS3 gamers because Dead Rising 2 is a standalone boxed product. Dead Rising was our very first Xbox 360 title and Microsoft supported the title all the way.
At the beginning we didn’t know that this new IP would be a success, but the fans on the console really assisted in making it into one. So it’s like a present, something that we gave back to the original Dead Rising fans.”
A fair point, and though exclusive DLC for a game that is available on multiple platforms is generally frowned upon, it is a nice way to thank those who helped the game get a sequel in the first place.
Dead Rising 2 is out on Friday.