Playstation game developers worried about new Playstation Store schedule

Game developers for Sony's Playstation 3 and PSP consoles are worried that the relaunch schedule of the Playstation Store may squeeze out some attention to upcoming game releases. The Playstation Store is still down even while the US and European servers for the Playstation Network have been restored for about a week (although rumors have suggested it will come back online next week). Sony has previously announced that once it does come back online it will update its content with new game releases much faster than its usual one week update period.

While that may sound good for consumers the Edge web site reports that some game developers feel otherwise. One of them is Ilari Kuittinen, the CEO of the Housemarque studio. The most recent game from Housemarque is Outland and it has not been released yet on the PS3 due to the shutdown of the Playstation Network. He states, "My biggest concern is whether people will come back to use the system and browse the Playstation Store. On top of that, the second 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." Two of Housemarque's games, Dead Nation and Super Stardust HD, are among the five games PSN users can pick from for their two free game titles when the Playstation Store comes back online.

Another developer who is working on an upcoming PS3 game, who wished to remain anonymous, said, " ... 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'." Filipe Pina, the producer of the upcoming PS3 game Under Siege at Seed Studios, feels a little bit differently. Pina said, "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."

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Not much they can do, have a demo and if your game is good then people will buy it. Sony can help out by having the Playstation store website have a list of upcoming games with gameplay videos until the store is back up.

Filipe Pina wins this round, "**** your free games, our game is still awesome will come out shining" is the right attitude IMO - definitely a fighting spirit that all these guys need to take. I may have to take a look at that now

I dumped my ps3 3 days ago. I dont care that it's fixed, the fact that the password reset page got hacked again so quickly is all the proof i need. A multi-bajillion dollar company should be more competent. I'm disqusted that we STILL have not even gotten a welcome back package. I expected to connect to psn and get a popup about it, here we are a week later and NOTHING. And think of the people who dont read tech sites? They would not have a CLUE whats going on. I'm done.

StevenMalone77 said,
I dumped my ps3 3 days ago. I dont care that it's fixed, the fact that the password reset page got hacked again so quickly is all the proof i need. A multi-bajillion dollar company should be more competent. I'm disqusted that we STILL have not even gotten a welcome back package. I expected to connect to psn and get a popup about it, here we are a week later and NOTHING. And think of the people who dont read tech sites? They would not have a CLUE whats going on. I'm done.

waaaah. that is all. if you kept up with what was going on, you'd have answers on the welcome back program and know it comes with the relaunch of the PSN store. the password reset system was not 'hacked' either, but don't let that stop you from parroting fud like a champ.

tl;dr - don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.

lostmongoose said,

waaaah. that is all. if you kept up with what was going on, you'd have answers on the welcome back program and know it comes with the relaunch of the PSN store. the password reset system was not 'hacked' either, but don't let that stop you from parroting fud like a champ.

tl;dr - don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.

Wow, Sony Defense Force veteran member, are you?

lostmongoose said,

waaaah. that is all. if you kept up with what was going on, you'd have answers on the welcome back program and know it comes with the relaunch of the PSN store. the password reset system was not 'hacked' either, but don't let that stop you from parroting fud like a champ.

tl;dr - don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.

"Sony has confirmed that there is an issue with the web site password reset system for its Playstation Network that would allow hackers to change a PSN user's password." <-- I'll just leave that piece here for ya, as I doubt you will click on Visnu's link.

Also when I log into PSN, I see a banner about the program, which links me to the PSB, and then it isn't on the front page. Boy they sure are pushing it...no message in my inbox, no message to my email, no direct link from my PSN homepage...

I can appreciate the concern and I don't think it's unfounded. Pretty new territory here. Seems more like a marketing person's nightmare rather than a developer, but of course if the game tanks there isn't money to pay devs. It's a crappy situation all the way around.

All the devs that are worried sound afraid of having anything compete with them. If their games are good, people will buy them. Some 1-4yr old games aren't going to cost them sales. If their game isn't that great, it won't sell as fast or in the numbers they expect. Thing is, now they'll have a scapegoat that doesn't include maybe accepting that people didn't care for their game.

Housemarque can't have it too bad, they are at least on XBLA as well. The developers that are PSN exclusive are much worse off having gone a month now with no revenue.