Epic's Gears of War 3 could be heading to PS3 unless Microsoft is willing to increase the amount it pays for the series' platform exclusivity – that's according to leading industry psychic/analyst Michael Pachter.
Speaking of Gears of War's current platform exclusivity in the latest edition of Gametrailers' Pach-Attack, he explained:
Epic don't regret it, because they're all very wealthy and they cut themselves a great deal. What I really meant was future versions of Gears are at least going to be negotiated to allow them to make them on multiplatform unless Microsoft pays even more.
So the success of Gearsallows Epic to squeeze even more money out of them for exclusives in the future.
We'll see what Epic does, but I don't think you're going to get any new franchises after Gears that are console exclusives. Same thing – these guys all want to make money.”
In the real world the equation Epic must balance is what offers the biggest reward – releasing its title on as many platform as possible or sticking with Microsoft and profiting from the increased marketing support it receives as a result?
Gears of War 3 is due out on Xbox 360 on April 8th 2011.