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GameStop considering Exclusive Game Content

By Lance Hosaka

Source: Venture Beat

In a discussion with GamesBeat, GameStop representatives have expressed their desire to become more involved in the game development of big games so they can provide better exclusives.

Their new plans were revealed when the company sat down with investment company R.W. Baird, as reported by analyst Colin Sebastian. He wrote: “[GamesStop] indicated that software publishers are more enthusiastic about partnering with it.” Sebastian continued in his note to investors, “For example, by offering exclusive content on each major game release, and longer term, future models may include GameStop offering exclusive gameplay.” When asked further about this statement, Sebastian revealed how GameStop wants to become more involved with the game development earlier in the process. As of right now, it’s still unclear if they are referring to physical or digital content, or both.

Pre-order bonuses are already controversial as they are now. With the outcry regarding day one DLC (or locked on-disc content), gamers first reaction to these bonuses are of hostility. But, while it’s true this initial report is still very vague on what exactly this could mean, Although it should be noted that pre-order exclusives already have special gameplay content, aside from stuff like in-game weapons or costumes. Things like bonus missions or multiplayer maps are already common-place. So we already have “exclusive gameplay” already when it comes to preorders. 

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