June 19th, 2009, 01:01 PM #1
Activision leaving PS3, PSP? Doubtful, but threat remains
from Ars Technica:
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick is now attacking the PS3 publicly, threatening to pull support from Sony's console if things don't improve. What has to improve? Activision Blizzard's games have done well on Sony's platforms in the past, so we're guessing lower licensing fees are a part of this ballsy PR move.
June 20th, 2009, 03:56 AM #2
not so. If Activision were to drop support for PS3, then M rated titles that have fairly high sales numbers (Modern Warfare2 comes instantly to mind) would be deeply sliced. Sure the Wii is good to develop for if you like making crappy titles or yet another guitar hero, but it sucks for immersive in-depth 3d action titles.
Activision could indeed drop PS3 and be ok, but I don't think they will. Kotick ain't stupid, he's just got big greedy balls.Good job, friend-of-friends!
June 22nd, 2009, 03:50 PM #3
I will agree that they will lose some foothold software wise but if they were losing PS3 exclusive titles, then they would have something to worry about. Battlefield Modern Warfare 2 isnt exclusive and that just means they have to put more advertising dollars toward pimpin it for the Xbox 360.
Here is Sony's sorta response on Ars ...
Seriously, this is not good for Sony in the least and either they are going to have to play the price drop card early or lose a big publisher.
Activision isnt riding on M titles, there isnt enough market share for it. They ride their music games and everything else that they can get their hands on to make sequals but M titles are harder to push because the limited audience factor. Not everyone wants to play war games let alone M titled ones that you have to be over 18 to buy. I highly doubt that MW2 will sell anywhere near the numbers that GTA 4 has either.
June 22nd, 2009, 05:59 PM #4
M rated titles can have a dominant market share. GTA4 has sold over 13 million copies worldwide to date, and is a M rated title.
When the PS3 launched, the most attached title was Resistance (M).
The console is more often purchased by adult males who seek a more in-depth and mature experience than is available from a Wii.
Another example we all know is Halo, which is M rated. Best selling x-box game of all time. the argument that (young) people can't or do not want to play war games is simply unfounded.Good job, friend-of-friends!
June 22nd, 2009, 07:59 PM #5
So far im not seeing how Sony has an edge on the M rated titles here. I am more so seeing that they have more to lose because games like Halo and GTA would then by default ONLY be on the Xbox ...
Even Gears isnt going to make the system a smash hit, its no where near as big a title as GTA or COD.
July 2nd, 2009, 04:04 PM #6
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July 2nd, 2009, 05:54 PM #8
Im not sure next year is soon enough. I would expect to see price drops on the older ps3 hardware start up as soon as shipments of the Slim are confirmed and reaching stores. They are going to want to liquidate all older inventory and make room for the new kid on the block ... so to speak.
July 9th, 2009, 03:06 PM #9
I doubt it'll happen, it seems more like a hollow threat then anything, just someone trying to be greedy.
They'll lose sells if they drop a console, sure 360 has more sells and a larger user base then the ps3 but really, would anyone drop 1 out of 3 consoles or would you rather keep your product out for all 3 so people will be able to buy them.
I'm not including PC's in this cuz not alot of people play pc games or even own a pc thats fast enough.
July 10th, 2009, 02:03 AM #10
not all gaming's about high end shooters. Ever heard of the Sims?
Computer gaming is a 7 billion dollar a year industry, at least.Good job, friend-of-friends!
July 10th, 2009, 12:47 PM #11
Dropping any single console or group of consoles doesnt do much except for marketing for the exclusive content and getting a nice signing bonus for it. It would not hurt sales so much as you might think. Last I checked, plenty of the exclusive games do VERY well on their respective systems.
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