The year is 2030, a small startup company has developed a universal game engine perfect for any type of game and capable to run on any kind of hardware and OS. Stupid CEOs have all jumped on the idea to sell all of their games on every platform to make even more money, completely forgetting how useful exclusives can be to sell hardware. So now people got used to playing any game wherever and companies trying to re-introduce content exclusivity in any form are successfully boycotted out of existence.
- To make things simpler, we will only use Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo, PC and mobile as platforms.
- Exclusive software and hardware features as well as subscriptions are allowed. That includes peripherals that may enhance gameplay.
- Due to the nature of hardware and software restrictions not all games will have the same fidelity on each device but they all have the exact same gameplay and content.
- Crossbuy does not exist, people forgot to protest for that. However cross-progress does exist so people will be able to play on the same account on each device. They will have to buy the games separately on each platform, though.
- Exclusives up to 2020 releases are allowed to stay exclusive to the respective platform(but don't have to). Successors to said games will not be exclusives.
Ok, I hope I didn't forget any stipulations. So now the big question is:
Which platform will reign supreme in sales? Which will go out of business? Which new platforms may arise? Will the whole gaming industry crash? What will the new console wars will be about?
PC and mobile will only count if bought with regular gaming in mind.
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