Developers Not Welcoming Back PSN Freebies
Posted on Friday, May 20 @ 14:52:04 PST by Nicholas Tan
As a consumer, I can't be miffed about the four PSN freebies Sony is offering to gamers as an apology for the whole PSN disaster. I already have my eyes on Super Stardust HD and Wipeout HD.
But as a fellow of the gaming industry, I can understand why some developers are nonplussed about having to compete with free games, especially independent developers who either planned on releasing their games during the PSN outage or mere days before it happened... ouch. One such victim is Slam Bolt Scrappers, developed by Fire Hose Games, though they "do not blame Sony for it".
Another independent developer, Housemarque is hardly as kind, as its CEO Ilari Kuittinen attests in a statement to Edge Online:
An unnamed source also sympathizes on Eurogamer:
I think it would be a good gesture for Sony to highlight these developers on PSN for several months, or find some way to alleviate their financial zero during the outage. Triple-A studios can easily survive the PSN outage; many indies cannot.
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