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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Activision dropping PSP?

*Gulp*.... just caught this article on Gamespot: Activision threatens to drop PS3, PSP

from the article:

Speaking to The Times of London, Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick threatened to pull support for both the PS3 and the PSP as early as 2010, saying that the return on creating games for the platforms isn't as good as on competing systems.

"I'm getting concerned about Sony; the PlayStation 3 is losing a bit of momentum and they don't make it easy for me to support the platform," he said. "It's expensive to develop for the console, and the Wii and the Xbox are just selling better. Games generate a better return on invested capital on the Xbox than on the PlayStation."

"They have to cut the price, because if they don't, the attach rates are likely to slow," he continued. "If we are being realistic, we might have to stop supporting Sony." When asked about a time frame he said, "When we look at 2010 and 2011, we might want to consider if we support the console--and the PSP."

[UPDATE] Sony didn't stray from the company line in issuing a response to Kotick's statements. "PlayStation has tremendous momentum coming out of E3, and we are seeing positive growth with more than 350 titles slated to hit across all our platforms, including many anticipated games from our publishing partners," the publisher said in a statement. "We enjoy healthy business relationships with and greatly value our publishing partners and are working closely with them to deliver the best entertainment experience."

Ok, if there's one thing I've noticed about the videogame industry... it's that they tend to talk a lot more smak in the European territory. Just look at what the previous Sony Europe (SCEE) presidents have said in articles; they've really laid on the BS thick, and made boisterious comments that make them look like the videogame industry equivelent of North Korea. So maybe some of this Activision tough talk is part of that.

I don't know what to make of this... I could see Sony somehow placating Activision in regards to the PS3, but I don't think it looks good for the PSP. Activision (& other third parties) need an out-of-the-ballpark type of hit game for the PSP to really settle their nerves & get them to firmly commit to the system.

I guess it just helps in a small way to confirm my fears that the PSP is in its decline.... hope I'm wrong, but..... we'll see....


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