So this seems kind of odd. Activision and Bungie’s Destiny will be released only on the PS3 and PS4 in Japan- and it’s set to arrive one week after the Xbox One launches in the territory.
Console exclusivity isn’t anything new for third-parties, that’s not what seems strange to me here. The thing is, Destiny isn’t locked to the PlayStation brand anywhere else in the world- just in Japan, where it won’t be appearing on the Xbox 360 or Xbox One. Now, here’s the other thing; Microsoft pretty clearly has no thoughts of eastern dominance for the Xbox One since the console is launching there almost a full year after it debuted in a whole mess of other countries, and don’t forget that he brand hasn’t done well there historically.
On top of that, Destiny is an FPS at heart, a genre that has never really been money in Japan. So this isn’t really a big exclusive ‘get’ that it could have been if the same had happened, oh say, in the United States. It’s also a surprise, as website Develop points out, since Bungie has always had close ties with Microsoft as they were the developers and creators of the Halo brand- although I’m not sure if that would matter at all here since it’s Activision and not the creators that are publishing the title.
As of now it’s not clear whether this is a timed exclusive or not, but it’s definitely odd.