|Dev: Free games could hurt new PSN game sales|
|Posted: 20.05.2011 16:59 by||Comments: 1|
While some gamers have complained about the meager offerings from Sony to compensate for the three-plus week long PlayStation Network outage and information theft, the giveaway may still harm sales of new PlayStation Network titles.
Housemark CEO Ilari Kuittinen, who developed Outland as well as two of the games Sony has been offering (Dead Nation, Super Stardust HD) said, "The issue is that everyone now gets games for free, so people might just play the free games for a while. By the time they are ready to buy something, Outland is maybe old news." Outland was originally due to come out on April 26 alongside the Xbox Live Arcade release.
The other obvious issue is that the games which missed their release on PSN will be lost in the shuffle when Sony accelerates the release with a game every few days. "As a developer, I feel very sorry for those teams that did try to release their titles during the PSN outage window," an unnamed source confided. "Beyond that, I feel sorry for those that are attempting to launch games in the days following the outage, as there will likely be such a backlog of traffic that it may be hard to be noticed in the flurry of 'get everything back up and running'."
"We are all concerned with the overall situation but we think that despite all the delays and the multiple releases Under Siege will still stand out on its own," promised Seed Studios producer Filipe Pina.