By Bryan Smith on June 17, 2016 at 6:29pm
Capcom announced that their game "Dead Rising 4" will be timed exclusive for Microsoft platforms.
Microsoft later confirmed with GameSpot that they have the game exclusively on their platforms (Xbox One & Windows 10) for 90 days before the PC/Steam version releases and 365 days before the PlayStation 4 version releases.
The exclusivity chain for the "Dead Rising" franchise is probably a pretty random one to try and track down. The first "Dead Rising" game released only on the Xbox 360 with only a Nintendo Wii version called "Chop Till You Drop" releasing afterwards (which technically aren't the same game due to hardware differences). "Dead Rising 2" ditched the exclusivity and appeared on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, along with the "What-If" scenario "Off the Record" being the same thing exclusivity wise. Then "Dead Rising 3" was Xbox One exclusive at first. However, the game was designed to be on PC before Microsoft opted to help fund the game and let it be part of the Xbox One's launch lineup. Later Capcom announced "Dead Rising 3" would be coming to PC. Whether it was because of the lack of sales or Capcom's desire to have it on PC isn't clear.
Interestingly, this announcement mirrors "Rise of the Tomb Raider" being what looked like a Xbox One/Xbox 360 exclusive at first before a massive uproar prompted a clarification from Microsoft that the game was a timed exclusive. There wasn't a massive backlash this time around, however, as Microsoft and Capcom answered exclusivity questions right away when asked and "Dead Rising" has always appeared on Xbox platforms.
"Dead Rising 4's" Microsoft presence is part of the Play Anywhere program, so you can have cross-buy and cross-play (though certain titles don't necessarily have that) with Xbox One and PC (Windows 10). The game is set to release on Xbox One and Windows 10 first on December 6, 2016, on PC next on March 6, 2017 (Christmas in March?), and on PlayStation 4 on December 6, 2017.
Capcom Vancouver GameSpot