Fallout 4 Won’t Have Timed Exclusive DLC For Any Platform
According to Bethesda's marketing executive Pete Hines, no platform will receive timed, exclusive Fallout 4 downloadable content.
Hines confirmed this through a Tweet a few hours ago, after a fan asked him whether the Xbox One would receive Fallout 4 DLC first.
@XxThe5sGuyxX we aren't doing a DLC exclusive with anyone
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) September 27, 2015
Personally, I think Bethesda has made the right decision, delivering DLC to all platforms equally. The decision isn’t totally obvious though – Bethesda released content on the Xbox 360 first for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 3. Additionally, Bethesda confirmed that the Xbox One version would be receiving Fallout 4's PC mod feature before PlayStation 4; the exciting new feature was announced during Bethesda’s E3 conference, and allows Xbox One players to play mods made for the game on PC. These mods will be available for free. In an interview with Gamespot, Hines explained the decision:
Why Microsoft? They are a company that is in both of those spaces; they're heavily in the PC space; they're heavily in the console space.
Hines added that:
It's something that Fallout 4 director Todd Howard has been after, and hounding folks for, not just Microsoft, but everybody, for a while now.
The feature will be available for Sony’s PlayStation 4 later on, and according to Hines, Bethesda hopes that it will work across all platforms.
Over the years, many publishers have made exclusivity deals with a certain platform. The recent exclusivity deal between Sony and Activision for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops III is a good example, or Bungie’s Destiny which received exclusive PS4 content due to a marketing deal between Activision and Bungie.
The Call of Duty series have long been the home of Xbox, with content arriving first on Xbox. This deal however seems to have ended with the recent ‘Black Ops III deal’ between Sony and Activision – the PS4 will be receiving exclusive content first. Following the recent deals that Sony has been making, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer stated that he wants to have strong third-party relations, but paying for many third-party exclusives isn't Microsoft’s long-term strategy. Spencer added:
My strategy is more around our own first-party franchises, and investing in franchises that we own, and probably fewer exclusive deals for third-party content.
What are your thoughts on the exclusivity deals for PC and consoles? Do you think Fallout deserves exclusive PC content?