One of Microsoft’s bigger exclusives announced during its E3 presentation this week was Dead Rising 4, the latest in the zombie-surviving action series. The game is due for release on Xbox One and Windows 10 this fall, but will be exclusive to those platforms for one year, developer Capcom says. This is a bit of a surprise, as the Dead Rising series has a history of being limited to Microsoft’s platforms.
This one-year exclusivity was confirmed by gaming journalist Ryan Brown, however Capcom has not said anything about Dead Rising 4 coming to other platforms, namely the PlaySation 4, after that period.
2013’s Dead Rising 3 was an Xbox One launch title, and has remained exclusive to the console and PC. The original Dead Rising was only available on the Xbox 360, until it was eventually ported to the Wii several years later. Dead Rising 2 has been the series’ only entry with a multi-platform debut on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
One-year exclusivity in big-name games has often meant a release on rivaling platforms after the period ends, sometimes billed as an “ultimate edition” with all the DLC included. If Dead Rising 4 turns out to be well received, and Capcom has the ability to port it to the PS4 without too much difficulty, there’s likely a good chance we’ll see the game on Sony’s machine in late 2017.
Dead Rising 4 marks the return of original hero Frank West, sending him back to Willamette, Colorado to find the same shopping mall overrun with zombies once again, albeit 16 years later. Along with a 4-player co-op mode, the game looks like it will uphold the series’ tradition of using everyday items as weapons, along with new goodies like a high-powered Exo Suit, and even the ability to take selfies with the dead.