Microsoft confirms that Sony has blocked these 4 games from hitting Xbox forever

Final Fantasy VII

What you need to know

  • Microsoft is wrestling with three major regulators over its attempt to acquire Activision Blizzard. 
  • As part of the proceedings, Microsoft has revealed that Sony has set up “exclusion” deals for third-party games on PlayStation. 
  • It seems that Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Final Fantasy 16, and Silent Hill 2 Remake will never hit Xbox, despite the associated publishers’ silence on the matter. 
  • Microsoft also listed From Software’s Bloodborne as an example of a third-party developed game that has been blocked from non-PlayStation platforms, which could imply that the oft-requested Windows PC port is out of the question too. Sony has been friendlier towards PC in recent years, though, so I’m keeping the hopium close for this one. 

The drama over the Activision Blizzard acquisition is heating up, as Microsoft steps up its engagement of regulators. 

Yesterday, Microsoft published its response to the United States FTC over its lawsuit, skewering its odd position of wanting to protect the market leader over consumers. Microsoft published a similar response to the UK CMA as well a couple of months ago and seemingly confirmed that what many of us already expected was true.