PSN Release Schedule Draws Mixed Reactions From Developers

By Colin Tan on May 21, 2011, 2:45AM EDT
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Reports of the PlayStation Store returning early next week may spell good for consumers, but developers aren't too sure what to feel about Sony speeding up the Store's release schedule.

According to Sony, the PlayStation Store will be updated twice weekly in order to catch up on missed releases. However, this course of action may in fact hurt developers more than help.

"As a developer, I feel very sorry for those teams that did try to release their titles during the PSN outage window," an anonymous source said to Edge. "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.'"

In addition, Sony's "Welcome Back" programme may not be helping the cause. CEO of Outland and Dead Nation developer Housemarque Ilari Kuittinen is concerned that the free games will only detract from the exposure of new and current releases.

"My biggest concern is whether people will come back to use the system and browse the PlayStation Store," said Kuittinen. "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."

On the other hand, Seed Studios remain optimistic, noting that a quality game release and post-launch support will give a game enough to stand on its own feet despite the offer for free games.

Source: Edge

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