It’s hard to argue that one of the biggest indie hits of this console generation has been Playdead’s black-and-white platformer Limbo.
What we all didn’t know is that Limbo was originally set to be an exclusive Sony game. This factoid was revealed by Sony Computer Entertainment executive producer Pete Smith at a conference held last week.
Smith revealed that they were in talks with Playdead about releasing Limbo exclusively on the PSN, but Sony wanted to retain the IP rights to the game.
Needless to say, that was the deal breaker and to make a long story short, Limbo was released on Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE platform first to critical and commercial success. It did see a release on Sony’s platform but a year later.
Smith defends their decision by saying, “Sometimes all we want is protection so [devs] don’t make a game, finish it then go to one of our rivals. We look at IP on a case by case basis. With a bit of common sense, you can find common ground.”
Here’s to hoping Sony can broker better deals next time, no?