Since its launch in 2006, the PS3 has had a rather rocky relationship with third-party game developers. The Xbox 360 is regarded by most as the more programer-friendly console and has, therefore, been the lead platform for most studios in the early development of their multi-platform titles. However, after years of disappointing PS3 ports, development studios seem to be making the switch to help ensure an equal experience on both platforms.
Capcom has been a trailblazer with their Dead Rising, Street Fighter, Resident Evil and Lost Planet series’ — creating nigh indistinguishable experiences for all titles on both Xbox 360 and PS3. Now Kojima Productions joins the fray as one of the many Japanese gaming studios that are beginning to develop games for multiple systems. The difference between these two studios is that, like the makers of Dead Space, Final Fantasy XIII and Burnout: Paradise, Kojima Productions is joining the ever growing number of studios who are using the PS3 as their lead platform.
Kojima Productions have announced that their new title, Castlevania: Lord of Shadows will indeed be developed using PlayStation 3 as the lead platform. Although, Xbox 360 owners have no need to worry. Producer David Cox had this to say about the development: “PS3 is the lead platform but the game is identical on both formats”.
Will using the PS3 as the lead platform change the world of gaming? Not likely. However, with more developers spending more time getting to know the PS3’s complicated Cell Processor, gamers do have a greater chance of seeing great mulitplatform games on whichever system they may own.