Why isn't Trenched coming to PSN?!

#1 Edited by Tebbit (4486 posts) -

Is there something I'm missing? Is Double Fine not independent now? 
 
I was getting really excited for Trenched, only to find that it seems to be an XBLA exclusive, though I haven't actually seen anybody say outright that it wont ever appear on PSN. 
Does anyone have any clearer an Idea as to why PSN isn't hopping on the Trenched train? 
 
Edit: whoops, wrong forum. Just imagine it says Trenched rather than General.

#2 Posted by SamFo (1562 posts) -

money!

#3 Edited by Slaker117 (4843 posts) -

Because business. Don't know what deals went down, but it's being published by Microsoft. It was worth it to someone to secure exclusivity and they made sure Double Fine was paid enough to agree.

#4 Posted by damswedon (3202 posts) -
Online
#5 Posted by Tebbit (4486 posts) -
@SamFo: I told you to use your imagination, dammit! 
#6 Posted by Vodun (2370 posts) -

Because Microsoft wants you to buy a 360.

#7 Posted by Piririn (81 posts) -

If its microsoft then at least there is a slim chance it will get released on the PC. 
Ah fuck,  who am i kidding. 
#8 Posted by Terry_Bogard (303 posts) -

I think Microsoft may even own this IP. Yeah, it's probably never coming out on PSN.

#9 Posted by shinigami420 (640 posts) -

Dude just get a 360

#10 Posted by rmanthorp (4064 posts) -

Yeah it sucks I own a 360 and will but it there but it looks so great I would love to see it go everywhere! I would so buy it on steam!

Moderator
#11 Posted by MattyFTM (14433 posts) -

Microsoft are publishing it, so it won't come to PSN.

Moderator
#12 Posted by liquidmatt (230 posts) -
@Slaker117 said:
Because business.
It's hard to sell on a store that doesn't exist..
#13 Posted by chrissedoff (2167 posts) -

what psn?

#14 Posted by Chaser324 (6745 posts) -

In this case it's as others have said, the game is being published by MS. 
 
However, I wouldn't be surprised if more and more games forgo a PSN release. A lot of developer comments seem to insinuate that XBLA has always been the more popular and profitable platform, and the whole hacking debacle and month of downtime certainly aren't going to increase business on PSN.

Moderator
#15 Posted by jillsandwich (760 posts) -

First of all, don't worry about not getting games on PSN any time soon, just sayin'.  
Second of all, it's called Summer of Arcade. 

#16 Posted by YoungFrey (1321 posts) -

What surprises me is that Trenched isn't part of Summer of Arcade.  It's coming out a solid month before.  It's a little odd for such a (probably) good title to not get into that promotion. 
#17 Edited by Kyle (2325 posts) -

@YoungFrey said:

What surprises me is that Trenched isn't part of Summer of Arcade. It's coming out a solid month before. It's a little odd for such a (probably) good title to not get into that promotion.

Because they decided to go with Toy Soliders instead. I'm sure they want each of the summer of arcade game to be very different, and both of those titles involve tower defense and a silly take on war times. Obviously they're not that similar, but you can see why they would choose only one of the two. It's more about appealing to one of four different segments of the audience with each game.

#18 Posted by Rhaknar (5939 posts) -

like many said, its a Microsoft published game (yeah...they still do that sometimes lol), you dont ask why Gears isnt released on ps3, its the same even if its a DLC game

#19 Posted by Bucketdeth (8048 posts) -

Wish it was, but Microsoft has the publishing rights. So no Trenched for us PS3 users.

#20 Posted by YoungFrey (1321 posts) -
@Kyle said:

@YoungFrey said:

What surprises me is that Trenched isn't part of Summer of Arcade. It's coming out a solid month before. It's a little odd for such a (probably) good title to not get into that promotion.

Because they decided to go with Toy Soliders instead. I'm sure they want each of the summer of arcade game to be very different, and both of those titles involve tower defense and a silly take on war times. Obviously they're not that similar, but you can see why they would choose only one of the two. It's more about appealing to one of four different segments of the audience with each game.


I agree with not having 2 games of the same type.  But Toy Soldiers was in SoA last year, so you'd think it'd need the promotion less sequels being what they are.  So that implies to me they have great confidence in Trenched since it isn't even being placed near SoA.  They probably fear it'd suck sales from those games.   
#21 Posted by RobotHamster (4177 posts) -

I wish it was coming to PSN but I guess I'll have to dust off my 360, and for Bastion too.

#22 Posted by Wuddel (2100 posts) -

I am in the process of selling my 360. It turned out I never turn it on anymore. It's a pity though.... I still hope this is a timed exclusive and they are "porting" it to PS3 too.

#23 Posted by bslayer (221 posts) -
@YoungFrey:  
 
the toy soldiers sequel is probably why. Since people already played the first one, they figured why not create some hype and put the sequel in this years SoA too. i'll probably be buying trenched anyway though so it doesn't matter to me.
#24 Posted by pweidman (2365 posts) -

This thread reminded me...Trenched in 2 days! Looking forward to this. PS3 has it's exclusives...

#25 Posted by Wuddel (2100 posts) -

@pweidman said:

PS3 has it's exclusives...

If you haven't understood by now that platform exclusives are a bad thing almost all the time, you are doing it wrong.

#26 Posted by pweidman (2365 posts) -

@Wuddel said:

@pweidman said:

PS3 has it's exclusives...

If you haven't understood by now that platform exclusives are a bad thing almost all the time, you are doing it wrong.

So says the guy selling his 360. Too funny.

#27 Posted by ez123 (1997 posts) -
Trenched is ™ and © 2011, Microsoft Corporation 
 
Might be on the PC at some point.
#28 Posted by dvdhaus (357 posts) -

@Wuddel said:

I am in the process of selling my 360. It turned out I never turn it on anymore. It's a pity though.... I still hope this is a timed exclusive and they are "porting" it to PS3 too.

Like many others that posted in this thread. This is a Microsoft published game, so it will NEVER come to PSN.

#29 Posted by Scrumdidlyumptious (1641 posts) -

Because Sony dropped the ball. I'm so disappointed I can't play this game =(

#30 Posted by TheFakePsychic (202 posts) -

I wouldn't give up hope of a PSN release just yet, as Castle Crashers was originally published by Microsoft Game Studios before being released on PSN, by Sony Computer Entertainment no less.
 
I'd say unlikely, but still possible.

#31 Posted by ez123 (1997 posts) -
@TheFakePsychic: It is microsoft published and a couple of those have gone to PSN but microsoft owns the Trenched IP.
#32 Edited by Krakn3Dfx (2502 posts) -

After watching the TNT, even tho I do have a 360, I don't think this is something I would play for any amount of time, but glad people are enjoying it.

Online
#33 Posted by Deusoma (3032 posts) -
@YoungFrey said:
What surprises me is that Trenched isn't part of Summer of Arcade.  It's coming out a solid month before.  It's a little odd for such a (probably) good title to not get into that promotion. 
I would have thought the same thing if not for that disappointing Castlevania game last year proving that quality has nothing to do with whether or not a game gets into the Summer of Arcade.
#34 Posted by translucentfish (124 posts) -

What's interesting about this whole Microsoft publishing stuff is that Double Fine had problems with it in the past. Psychonauts was supposed to be an Xbox exclusive, with Microsoft publishing (I think), but they backed out so it went to PS2 as well.  
 
Double Fine must have gotten some good vibes (read: money) to hook up with the same company that screwed them over a few years back.  
 
Hopefully Trenched will see a PC release, hell I'll even download it if it was Games for Windows Live only. Actually, I'm not sure why most (if not all) XBLA games aren't Windows Live games a few years after their XBLA release. 

#35 Posted by TheHT (11831 posts) -

Well that really bums me out. I went on PSN last night to get it and didn't see anything even related to it. Too bad.

#36 Posted by BinaryDragon (638 posts) -

@liquidmatt said:

@Slaker117 said:
Because business.
It's hard to sell on a store that doesn't exist..

oooohh burn of the land of the rising sun. Ouch. lol.

#37 Posted by hinderk (690 posts) -

Wasn't Castle Crashers originally published by Microsoft? It took a year or two but it was eventually released to PSN. Maybe something similar will happen (though I think it is unlikely).

#38 Posted by Rolyatkcinmai (2699 posts) -

@Wuddel said:

I am in the process of selling my 360. It turned out I never turn it on anymore. It's a pity though.... I still hope this is a timed exclusive and they are "porting" it to PS3 too.

@TheFakePsychic said:

I wouldn't give up hope of a PSN release just yet, as Castle Crashers was originally published by Microsoft Game Studios before being released on PSN, by Sony Computer Entertainment no less. I'd say unlikely, but still possible.

@hinderk said:

Wasn't Castle Crashers originally published by Microsoft? It took a year or two but it was eventually released to PSN. Maybe something similar will happen (though I think it is unlikely).

Trenched is not only published by Microsoft, but was fully funded by them and is wholly owned by them. They own every aspect of it. They could have Rare make a Kinect-based Trenched 2 right now if they wanted to. It's never coming to PSN, sadly.

#39 Edited by swfcfan (264 posts) -

I have an 360 but its not online as I use my PS3 for online gaming etc So a boxed copy of this game would be nice!

(never going to happen though is it?!)

#40 Posted by AlisterCat (5733 posts) -

@Wuddel said:

I am in the process of selling my 360. It turned out I never turn it on anymore. It's a pity though.... I still hope this is a timed exclusive and they are "porting" it to PS3 too.

The Trenched IP is owned by Microsoft and it was a Microsoft published game. Brad Muir said it is coming to the PS3 when Microsoft publish games for PS3... which will be never.

Online
#41 Posted by wolf_blitzer85 (5293 posts) -

I would buy this again on PC.....just saying.

#42 Posted by redbliss (648 posts) -

The game was published by MS, and I am pretty sure they own that IP. You could listen to the new podcast or last weeks TNT, in which they talk about this a bit.

#43 Posted by bybeach (5006 posts) -

It's not even really cynical. There is no compelling reason for MS to go to PSN. Well, beyond pure sales, but that is offset by not promoting it's platform. Do Sony games appear on the 360..curious.

#44 Posted by Yanngc33 (4461 posts) -

I'd buy this if it came out in my region

This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.