However, not every PlayStation exclusive is a success. Many of the timed exclusives it has signed recently, notably Oddworld: Soulstorm, which is currently available on Xbox systems, haven’t met expectations. This week, a “Enhanced Edition” was launched with more material and upgrades, removing the game’s PlayStation exclusivity in the process.
The Xbox One, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X now have access to a PS4 and PS5 console exclusive, or, more precisely, a former PS4 and PS5 system exclusive. PlayStation is well-known for its amazing exclusive titles. Bloodborne, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Ghost of Tsushima, God of War, The Last of Us Part II, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Marvel’s Spider-Man were among the finest games launched on PS4. Demon’s Souls Remake, Returnal, Deathloop, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart have all followed this trend on PS5.
Oddworld: Soulstorm debuted back on April 6 via the PC, PS4, and PS5. Developed by Oddworld Inhabitants, it is a follow-up to 2014’s Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty! and a re-imagining of 1998’s Oddworld: Abe’s Exoddus. At the moment of publishing, it’s unclear how the game has performed commercially, but critically, it failed to make an impact, coming in with scores of 66 and 73 on Metacritic, depending on the platform. In other words, this isn’t the biggest loss for PlayStation.
“Join the Revolution! Abe returns in Oddworld: Soulstorm Enhanced Edition, complete with Toby’s Escape, a new game mode that creates an even more explosive and exciting Soulstorm experience,” reads an official pitch of the game. “Oddworld: Soulstorm is an explosive action-adventure game complete with crafting, scavenging, platforming, and sneaking. It’s the story of an impossible flight against an opposing force that will use every means at their well-funded disposal, from propaganda to brutal force to deadly violence, to stop Abe and the uprising.”