Some PSN developers concerned over Sony’s planned store updates

Saturday, 21st May 2011 22:22 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

A few studios are worried that Sony’s multiple updates on the PlayStation Store over the next few weeks could cause some titles too lose much needed exposure.

Speaking with Edge, a developer who wished to remain anonymous, is of the opinion there will be such a “backlog of traffic,” it may be hard for consumers to notice some of the titles.

“As a developer, I feel very sorry for those teams that did try to release their titles during the PSN outage window,” he said. “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’.

“The absence of PSN has slowed the development of online functionality for games that rely on PSN, because you can’t test your PSN-dependant features without it. My project was fortunate enough to have robust offline / LAN support that allowed us to test core gameplay features without online access, despite the outage. We’re still on target for our original release date as a result, although we’re very glad our original release date didn’t fall within the PSN outage window.”

Ilari Kuittinen, CEO of Housemarque, is worried himself worried the free titles on offer may deter folks from purchasing game coming out soon, such has his firm’s PSN title Outland.

“My biggest concern is whether people will come back to use the system and browse the Playstation Store,” said Kuittinen who is also worried about the loss of customer loyalty.

“On top of that, the second issue is that everyone now gets games for free (including our Dead Nation and Super Stardust HD), 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,” he added.

Kuittinen also said the decision to release House of the Dead for free as part of the “Welcome Back” package on PSN was a deal between Sony and the game’s publisher, Ubisoft, not Housemarque.

The PSN store is rumored to go back online May 24.



  1. Hunam

    Seems like the more they try to recover the more damage they actually seem to do.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. JimFear-666

    house of the dead?
    More like Dead Nation maybe?

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    ^ I’m guessing it should be Dead Nation (dont SEGA own House of the Dead?)… But i’m pretty sure Ubisoft has nothing to do with the game. So unless i’m wrong (and i’m pretty sure i’m not seeing as theres no mention of Ubi when you boot up Dead Nation), somethings gone amiss at the end, there.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. The_Deleted

    It’s not unheard of for publishers and developers to delay the release of games, I’m sure they’d be more than within their rights to do so in the circumstances.
    Get the initial rush of traffic out of the way and get back on schedule at a later date…

    #4 3 years ago
  5. WFMMK

    Ummm, Dead Nation is the name and the publisher is Sony.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Christopher Jack

    Maybe Sony should promise greater advertisement space for all of the smaller developers, free of charge.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Coheno

    House of the dead? What? And Dead Nation is a Sony published title! My question is if their gonna get any royalties for that free giving? Cause they still got money from the sales when it was selling as normal, right!?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Phoenixblight

    Its not SOny’s Job to worry about the small developers, these developers like to whine and bitch but this is a business and business should adapt. If they are so worried they can delay it until they have feel that they will not get swept up in the multiple updates a week or start advertising. There are plenty of ways of getting your game known without paying for it.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Freek

    It’s Sony job to make sure PSN is up and running. When you sign with them and your game relies on succesfull operation of the store in order to be finacially viable you have a right to start questioning Sony’s actions.

    Gamers merely lost some entertainment and service they may have paid for, but on the developer side things are far more seriouse. They stand to loose real money and face set backs.
    Sure you should be planning for those kinds of things but at the same time Sony can’t just stand by and shrug it off. Or they might find support for PSN to dry up as developers move to Live and Steam.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Exzeerex

    lol, who buys PSN only games anyway :P I want a 50 GB Blu-ray disc loaded with content ;)

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Hunam

    Lots of people do.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Old MacDonald

    Well duh. If Sony are really planning to launch several regular-sized updates in one week, it’s going to be a complete disaster for every developer involved. It would be a completely moronic move by Sony. I would never agree to having my game thrown out like that if I were a developer.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Blerk

    Hey, I said exactly this last week! :-D

    #13 3 years ago

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