Forums - Gaming Discussion - Lord of the Ring: Gollum loses next-gen exclusive status, gets PS4/XB1/Switch versions

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I guess Daedalic finally realized why there are very few multiplat next-gen exclusives in the first year of a new console generation. Unlike 1st year console exclusives, which get a sales boost thanks to their exclusivity usually, multiplats tend to sell nowhere near as well on next-gen in the first year of a new generation due to the limited install base, which makes it very difficult to turn a profit on a AAA release, so most multiplat publishers release their AAA's as cross-gen games for the first year of a new console generation. The Switch version being added is a bit strange though, they're downgrading a game that was designed from the ground up for PS5/Xbox Series/PC all the way down to Switch level, that has got to be expensive. I hope Switch fans actually buy the port so that they don't lose big money on it.

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Whatever gen this is on, I kind of don't see the appeal of a whole game playing as Gollum.



JWeinCom said:
Whatever gen this is on, I kind of don't see the appeal of a whole game playing as Gollum.

As a huge Lord of the Rings fan, I have to agree.



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I find it difficult to believe that they are only adding current gen versions now.
The game has always been cross gen but they are only now making that clear imo.

Not that I care. It has zero appeal to me.



I find it difficult to believe that they are only adding current gen versions now.
The game has always been cross gen but they are only now making that clear imo.

Not that I care. It has zero appeal to me.



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twintail said:
I find it difficult to believe that they are only adding current gen versions now.
The game has always been cross gen but they are only now making that clear imo.

Not that I care. It has zero appeal to me.

Dunno. Graphics looked pretty good in the screenshots they released several months ago, better than alot of current gen games:

Bearing in mind that Daedalic is a AA studio rather than a AAA studio, it's possible that the game was actually designed as a next-gen exclusive originally, considering the level of graphics. But it's also possible that it was planned to be cross-gen all along.

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I love LOTR so if the Switch version's not horrific I might grab it.
Will have to see more of how it actually plays first though.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

PAOerfulone said:
JWeinCom said:
Whatever gen this is on, I kind of don't see the appeal of a whole game playing as Gollum.

As a huge Lord of the Rings fan, I have to agree.

What if we made a game with a sick, twisted, corrupted version of Sonic?

Eureka!



shikamaru317 said:
twintail said:
I find it difficult to believe that they are only adding current gen versions now.
The game has always been cross gen but they are only now making that clear imo.

Not that I care. It has zero appeal to me.

Dunno. Graphics looked pretty good in the screenshots they released several months ago, better than alot of current gen games:

Bearing in mind that Daedalic is a AA studio rather than a AAA studio, it's possible that the game was actually designed as a next-gen exclusive originally, considering the level of graphics. But it's also possible that it was planned to be cross-gen all along.

Honestly, I disagree with the assessment that this image looks good; it looks quite bad imho. 

But like you said, Daedalic is not a studio being given AAA budgets. Either way, unless they are getting another studio to port, or current gen versions are releasing after the next gen version, I still don't think that this is some new decision. It's far too late in development for them to add 3 weaker platforms.

But I could be wrong. 



I imagine the Switch version will be outsourced. Let's hope panic button or Sabre got the job.