Console exclusivity has a habit of fading away over time—Below is one of several games that recently broadened its scope—and it seems to be happening more and more. New evidence suggests that Capcom's Dead Rising 3, an exclusive Xbox One launch game, may also be headed to the PC.
Congratulations reader, you are now enjoying the News Post of the Year. Admittedly it has won no awards, nor received any critical praise whatsoever. But I figure if games can give themselves a self-congratulatory Game of the Year edition, why can't I? The most recent sighting is for a Borderlands 2: GOTY bundle, references to which have been found in the Steam database. While the distributor's back-end listings can be an unreliable measure of future releases, it's not against type for the series.
Our interest was piqued when a giant list of games surfaced on the Steam Apps Database yesterday. Still, we warned caution - Steam's registry is notoriously unreliable and full of scraps of codenamed test projects and old deals that never worked out. And that scepticism was heightened this time, thanks to the database updating in response to newly created Game Hubs, including for Halo 3. It all seemed too strange to be true. And it was. Partly.
In a statement to Eurogamer, a spokesperson for Microsoft said, "We currently do not have plans to release any 'Halo' titles on Steam." So that's that mystery solved. But not everything in the list was fiction. Last night, RPS spotted that Shawn McGrath, creator of the Playstation Network's musical arcade tunnel racer Dyad, had confirmed that the game would be arriving on PC in March.
The Steam registry is like a Pokedex for PC games, and with its latest update, Valve do seem to be trying to catch 'em all. One of NeoGAF's data miners has gone into the distribution service's database and found listings for a huge bunch of potentially upcoming games - everything from the unannounced (Quantum Conundrum 2), to the soon to be ported (Fez) and the long thought lost (Halo 3). In fact, there are enough odd entries to cast doubt on their validity. More on that below.