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PS4 loses Hellblade exclusive because consoles are “years behind” PC

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Hellblade coming to PC 

Ninja Theory has made some stellar games, some of which include the rebooted DmC, the horribly underrated Enslaved and Heavenly Sword. They also happened to develop my favourite original Xbox game, Kung Fu Chaos. But enough obout old-generations – we’re all about the the new generation, where the PS4 just lost Ninja Theory’s new title as an exclusive.

PC Gamer has revealed that Hellblade, the brand new Ninja Theory title, will also be coming to PC along with PS4. Studio creative chief Tameem Antoniades sees this not only as a chance to reach a bigger audience, but also future-proof the hack and slash title with the aid of mods and regular updates.

I think we want to get to the point where we can invite players and fans to add to the game, and do things that are unexpected, and suggest ideas or add-ons that can make the game richer.

Antoniades also loves the fact that newer consoles are following PC architecture, but still believes they’re years behind the marketing and performance potential of the PC platform.

We’re looking at everything we do on this project and figuring out better ways of doing things compared to how the traditional AAA console model works. And consoles are following suit with PC, but I think they’re years behind what things like Steam are doing. If we want to do an open beta right now, it’s a little bit trickier to do that than on PC.

Not every publisher has let us [host a beta], because of the secrecy that goes into consoles and publisher-based businesses. As an independent we have the freedom to do that.

Hellblade was revealed at Gamescom last year with the teaser trailer below. It’s easily one of the most anticipated titles coming in 2015, and it’s great to see that more people will now have the chance to experience it. Could more exclusives come to PC purely because of testing convenience?

Last Updated: January 9, 2015

83 Comments

  1. Queue Master Race rhetoric.

    Also, screw console exclusives. 😀

    Reply

    • Matthew Holliday

      January 9, 2015 at 10:17

      cant stop us now.

      Reply

      • Lance

        January 10, 2015 at 04:40

        my .ister makes $60 /hour on the internet . She has been fired for 10 months but last month her pay check was $18168 just working on the internet for a few hours. find out this here;.Well speaking

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      • Carl

        January 11, 2015 at 10:48

        my .x-wife makes $66 every hour on the internet . She has been without work for six months but last month her income was $20088 just working on the internet for a few hours. site link;.Well speaking

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    • Quo Vadis?

      January 9, 2015 at 10:17

      I know. PC this, PC that yadda yadda yadda

      Reply

      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 9, 2015 at 10:24

        what i really dont get is why you cant have both,or even all 4,if you have the pockets to build a R20 000 rig you sure ass hell can get all 3 consoles for less,ignorance is bliss hey

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        • Quo Vadis?

          January 9, 2015 at 10:26

          I agree. Except no WiiU for me, thanks.

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        • Blood Emperor Trevor

          January 9, 2015 at 10:28

          Well speaking purely for myself, because I only want one. The one that suits my needs best is the PC, so I go with that. I’d feel like I’d wasted money buying more.

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          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 9, 2015 at 10:35

            I get what you mean,i love my pc,what i hate,the fact that i had to go buy a ps3 just for GTA 5 and Wrestling,i know im not forced to buy 1 but what else can i do to smack pixel people on the head with a steel chair to make my self feel superior and immortal,well a scripted fake mortal??

          • sampson3121

            May 20, 2015 at 15:00

            see if you feel that way when he next last of us comes out, or uncharted

        • Dan

          January 9, 2015 at 15:17

          my aunt makes $80 hourly on the laptop . She has been unemployed for 6 months but last month her income was $17070 just working on the laptop for a few hours. you can try this out;.BREAKING NEWS

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  2. Mandom (Umar)

    January 9, 2015 at 10:07

    Even though there is merit to what he says, I just hate Tameen, and will just ignore whatever he says, like the typical new-age gamer I am. That said, I am pretty excited to see more of this game, only thing is, NT is not good at actual gameplay, their combat systems are shallow and boring, and you can’t count DmC’s combat because that was handled by Capcom. They have amazing concepts, but lack the ability to fully realize them.

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    • Stan Smith

      January 10, 2015 at 22:34

      Console peasant?

      Reply

  3. Jaded_Reprobate

    January 9, 2015 at 10:08

    i see a mass debate on the cards here

    Reply

  4. Rock789

    January 9, 2015 at 10:08

    I’m all for it. Personally, I’ve never gotten the whole “console exclusive to the exclusion of PC” thing… Perhaps a lot of that was the console architecture and how things needed to be programmed to accommodate it. Now that they are more ‘PC-like’, I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of them being released on PC too (as witnessed with this game, and Dead Rising 3 and Ryse previously).

    It’ll be a good thing for gaming as a whole. And that is always a good thing!

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    • Ghost In The Rift

      January 9, 2015 at 10:22

      Me to,its gonna start bringing pc gaming back on the map,the only problem i see that is gonna kill pc gaming again is piracy,they rather develope for the console than risk the sales loss on pc,i really hope a real non shity uncrackable DRM gets developed soon,but pigs will fly and Baffana Baffana will win a world cup before that happens.

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      • Rock789

        January 9, 2015 at 10:23

        There’s a Ryanza comment in there somewhere… 😉 🙂

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        • Quo Vadis?

          January 9, 2015 at 10:24

          he’s gonna bliksem you!!!

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        • Spaffy

          January 9, 2015 at 10:24

          Don’t support Bafana Bafana?

          Reply

        • Ghost In The Rift

          January 9, 2015 at 10:30

          Lol for me its the only logical thing that is gonna save pc gaming and get developers to trust enough in pc gaming world,DRM is shit and a pain in the neck and arse,but piracy is on the rise,it will never get stopped,what alternatives do you guys suggest?

          Im ignorant so you will have to excuse me:-P

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      • Spathi

        January 9, 2015 at 10:34

        BREAKING NEWS!!!

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        • Raptor Rants A Lot

          January 9, 2015 at 11:07

          Oh my word… This is the best image EVER!!!

          Reply

        • Ghost In The Rift

          January 9, 2015 at 11:33

          That is………funny,i aint even mad lol

          Nice 1 lol

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          • Bros before Hoes

            January 9, 2015 at 12:36

            Lazygamer.net = Family.

            We still love you, even with all your DRM shenanigans.

            …Now where’s that shovel

        • Brilliant

          January 9, 2015 at 12:24

        • Sageville

          January 9, 2015 at 14:10

          You Sir, win the interwebs!

          Reply

        • Ryanza

          January 13, 2015 at 18:51

          lol. Almost missed this gem. BTW who is Raynza? I hope that mad man is not me. The Witcher 3 is coming, say no to DRM. Ya not me.

          Don’t Support DRM. The Witcher 3 is coming.

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          • Spathi

            January 13, 2015 at 20:04

            Damn journalists who can’t be bothered to spell peoples names correctly 😉

  5. Jonah Cash

    January 9, 2015 at 10:10

    What do you mean can more games come to PC? Didn’t the Bone’s games already end up there?
    Also I don’t see this as a problem, if you are a third party studio you should at least release on 2 platforms to give yourself more chance of making some cash which is the point of making games!!

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  6. Quo Vadis?

    January 9, 2015 at 10:16

    Exclusives are all a lot of crap in my book. Much the same as the “master race” 😀

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  7. Blood Emperor Trevor

    January 9, 2015 at 10:17

    Darryn’s has to update his Xbox v PS exclusive article now hehe.

    Reply

  8. Spathi

    January 9, 2015 at 10:18

    10/10 for misquoting header!

    I’m happy this is happening. The longer I can hold of on buying a PS4, the better for me. Now if only Bloodborne would come to PC…

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    • Shawn

      December 29, 2015 at 21:22

      Bloodborne not happening games like Infamous, Uncharted, God of War, The Last of U,s Ranchet & Clank, Little Big Planet. Last Guardian, Until Dawn, Order 1886, Killzone, Journey and every other Sony 1st party studio ip will never get released on PC.

      Reply

  9. HairyEwok

    January 9, 2015 at 10:22

    We have to look down on something you know.

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  10. Hammersteyn

    January 9, 2015 at 10:22

    Consoles are still consoles, no matter how much they claim to be stepping closer to PC. Till we have mods we have nothing.

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    • Jonah Cash

      January 9, 2015 at 10:36

      But at least games can now be built alongside each other for the first few months because of the more similar architecture. Which means that PC will finally get good games too…. *Runs

      Reply

      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 9, 2015 at 10:38

        Its the same thought i had,but why still so many exclusives?

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        • Jonah Cash

          January 9, 2015 at 10:45

          Remember that most exclusives are made by Sony and Microsoft. I don’t get why Microsoft doesn’t put all their games on PC seeing as they wont that market, but yeah logic is not logical in 2015 it would seem!!
          But if I were a third party studio like Ryse and Dead Rising I would have a PC game in there from the start not wait a few months!!

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      • Cookz

        January 9, 2015 at 11:56

        Don’t worry yourself too much with that last statement: http://i.imgur.com/tsCq4Qg.png

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        • Jonah Cash

          January 9, 2015 at 12:32

          That is such a cool chart!! Our metascore is higher and that makes us winners…. And I am sticking to it!! Hahahaha

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          • Cookz

            January 9, 2015 at 12:39

            That’s one way of looking at it, haha.

        • Sageville

          January 9, 2015 at 14:12

          These stats are statistically insignificant.

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    • Huzzah!

      January 9, 2015 at 10:49

      http://www.macroinsider.com/images/upload/G.jpg

      Console Mod. Upcoming Mario maker game where you can modify levels for Wii U

      Reply

  11. Ryanza

    January 9, 2015 at 10:25

    “invite players and fans to add to the game, and do things that are
    unexpected, and suggest ideas or add-ons that can make the game richer.” Very important comment.

    We living in a time where video games are created for day 1 sales. Shitty stories, not a lot of content, boring gameplay that’s just been copied, same old gaming engines, not completed, buggy as hell.

    Very few games can sell well and sell well for years to come.

    We need to focus on improving the PC gaming scene. DRM killed PC gaming. So we need to kill off DRM.

    Don’t support DRM. The Witcher 3 is coming.

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    • Ghost In The Rift

      January 9, 2015 at 10:37

      Piracy killed PC gaming,thats all to it.

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      • Ryanza

        January 9, 2015 at 10:41

        No. DRM killed PC gaming. Xbox 360 saw really high piracy numbers. Did that kill off Xbox 360. No.

        Don’t use the lie on us. Piracy promotes the sale of video games. Those who pirate video games, tends to buy more video games than those who don’t pirate. There has been studies.

        Don’t support DRM.

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        • Spathi

          January 9, 2015 at 10:44

          Saying that we must not support DRM is one thing, trying to convince everyone that piracy is good for the industry is something totally different. I don’t support DRM, but I sure as hell ain’t delusional enough to think that me pirating is actually helping developers.

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          • Ryanza

            January 9, 2015 at 10:49

            I just mentioned what the study on piracy behavior found out. I’m not promoting that piracy is good. But if piracy leads to more sales, can piracy be used to explain the death of PC gaming.

          • Spathi

            January 9, 2015 at 10:51

            I’m also not saying that piracy leads to the death of PC gaming, I’m just saying that the overall effect of piracy on developers ain’t positive, in my opinion.

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 9, 2015 at 10:57

            Yeah…what you said,if the article i read is true,might not,but is a rise of concern for me,that Mass Effect 4 might not get a PC release cause of Biowares concern of piracy,how can Ryanza say then that piracy premotes?

          • Ryanza

            January 9, 2015 at 11:08

            Biowares concerning about the PC is not piracy but would be how much the game will sell with DRM on PC. Mass Effect started on console. I think PC gamers only got Mass Effect 3 first. That won’t help sales on the PC version.

            We need to take DRM away from PC games and grow PC gamers. Then no company will have concerns to release games on PC.

            Seeking a DRM solution for PC games to prevent pirates is not the solution. Steam, Origin, Uplay, doesn’t help every single PC user to buy video games. And if you are cutting out a large portion of the buying market, you can’t blame piracy.

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 9, 2015 at 11:27

            I know,the always online part and buggy DRM like uplay is what is causing the PC gaming issue,but they only did it because of piracy,remember if you back a dog into a corner it is going to bite,they did it cause they had no other options at the time,what i don’t get is why they are still doing it if it helps nothing and costs allot off cash,cracks are everywhere,the only thing i can see them do is if they do the same thing that blizzard does,like diablo 3,then PC gaming will be truly dead.

          • Ryanza

            January 9, 2015 at 11:36

            DRM on PC is not became of piracy. It’s about creating a monopoly. Well we have 3 now.

          • Ryanza

            January 9, 2015 at 11:38

            DRM before Steam = anyone with a PC could buy a video game.
            DRM after Steam = half the market can’t buy PC games.

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 9, 2015 at 11:47

            They even did DRM for DRM,Denuvo and that was cracked,which 3 is that?

          • Ryanza

            January 9, 2015 at 11:02

            If I pirate it = a lose in sales. So we have been taught.
            If I don’t pirate it = sales. So we have been taught.

            What does not get mentioned. I don’t pirate and I don’t buy. I pirate and I buy. Those stats never get mentioned.

            The Witcher 2 saw very high piracy numbers. CD Projekt Red released The Witcher 2 with DRM and even tried to go after the pirates by trying to sue them. That was hurting their business with their fans and supporters. The fans told CD Projekt RED that and CD Projekt RED removed the DRM and stopped going after the pirates. Now The Witcher games has sold over 8 million copies and still selling, even with all those pirated copies.

          • Galbedir

            January 9, 2015 at 13:17

            What I wonder is, if piracy was completely abolished, would the price of games come down due to more sales? I very rarely pirate games these days, unless I’d like to see if it would run on my system. However I hardly ever buy Day 1 games, and wait for sales.

        • Pieter Kruger

          January 9, 2015 at 10:44

          “Piracy promotes the sale of video games” Are you drunk or high 24/7? By your logic car theft should also promote the sale of cars etc.?

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          • Ryanza

            January 9, 2015 at 10:46

            Piracy is not the same as real theft. And those are not my words. Those words are from a study on piracy numbers.

            Those piracy ads for movies really taught you well.

          • Pieter Kruger

            January 9, 2015 at 10:50

            “Piracy is not the same as real theft”. Well there’s your problem…….

          • Ryanza

            January 9, 2015 at 10:51

            I don’t want to start a piracy debate here because the article is not piracy related.

          • Jonah Cash

            January 9, 2015 at 10:47

            Well technically car theft does promote car sales unfortunately but I get what you mean and I agree with you…. Wait did I just agree with Pieter Kruger?!?!? The rapture might be near after all!!

          • Ryanza

            January 9, 2015 at 12:13

            lol. Ya but the person stealing the car is not going to go out and buy a few cars. The piracy studies suggest that the people “stealing” are the people buying more titles than those who got robbed.

  12. Goal9

    January 9, 2015 at 10:40

    “Ninja Theory has made some stellar games, some of which include the rebooted DmC”
    ….and stopped reading there.

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  13. Pieter Kruger

    January 9, 2015 at 10:48

    So with the pixel/fps war of 2013-2014 at an end, we are now being drafted into the war of exclusivity by gaming sites longing for hits to lure advertisers? Header should read “PC gamers can also add Hellblade as a title to look forward to”

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    • Jonah Cash

      January 9, 2015 at 10:49

      Good to see we can disagree again so soon after agreeing!! Wow dodged a bullet there!!
      Exclusives has always and will always be relevant to us the gamers, so I would hope that there are some articles on it!!

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      • Spathi

        January 9, 2015 at 10:57

        Sure, but the header is just plain tabloid quality.

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        • Jonah Cash

          January 9, 2015 at 12:33

          Just remember Sandy loves his Xbone, and last year was not a good year for them. So the PS4 losing a game will make them feel better… Give them this one Spathi!!

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  14. Jonah Cash

    January 9, 2015 at 10:48

    Enslaved is easily in my top 10 games of all time!! I played it on Xbox 360 and then bought it last year on my PS3 for R37.50… Biggest bargain of my life!!

    Reply

  15. Mark Treloar

    January 9, 2015 at 11:04

    This should be the header.

    Reply

  16. Raptor Rants A Lot

    January 9, 2015 at 11:05

    [Obligatory Master Race comment]

    That being said… FINALLY someone who calls a spade a spade. New Gen Consoles are not PC killers like Sony and MS would have people believe

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  17. Galbedir

    January 9, 2015 at 13:11

    MAAAAAHSTAA RAAAAACE!!11!!!

    Reply

  18. No Thanks

    January 9, 2015 at 13:46

    Then what steam can do,..Open Beta? Just bring a COMPLETE Game to the console, none of this pay for a broken game kick starter or Sims 4 bullshit.

    Did you learn nothing from the E3 Next Gen console reveal? Keep your incomplete BETA shit out of Consoles & just make a complete game like it’s always been for consoles.

    Keep your half baked Betas to PC.

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  19. Locke

    January 9, 2015 at 15:12

    I’m a PC gamer, but don’t misunderstand me, I love my PS4 as much as any 90’s kid should, and I agree with this “master race” being a load of crap, since there’s a certain degree of preference involved. If however, you were to consider only tech specs, and forget about cost and preference… It’s easy to see why a PC trumps consoles. With components like the i7-5960x/Titan Z – Console exclusives are the only thing they truly have over a desktop. To paraphrase Johnny Depp… That’s what a desktop is, you know. It’s not just a mobo and a psu and harddrive; that’s what a desktop needs. Not what a desktop is. What the Black Pearl really is, is freedom.

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  20. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    January 9, 2015 at 16:42

    Something something PC something something master race something something potato!

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  21. Tulipdame

    January 11, 2015 at 14:32

    I hope they bring it to Xbox One too.

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    • Pieter Kruger

      June 11, 2015 at 11:11

      If it’s on pc then it technically is…..

      Reply

  22. Charl van der Merwe

    January 12, 2015 at 12:39

    screw console exclusives! I just wanna play the last of us on PC dammit!

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  23. 1up

    June 11, 2015 at 11:03

    “PS4 loses Hellblade exclusive because consoles are “years behind” PC”
    A miss quote if ever I’ve seen one. Get your facts straight.

    Reply

    • Pieter Kruger

      June 11, 2015 at 11:10

      Ok, fact, PC is more powerful than PS4 and Xbox One?

      Reply

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