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Old 23rd June 2009, 12:08 PM   #1 (permalink)

Default Activision Blizzard warn Sony

In what is a rather interesting shot across the bow at Sony, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has warned that they may stop releasing games for the Playstation 3 and PSP platforms.

On what is probably a pretty big slap in the face to Sony, Kotick had the following comment to make on the issue:

"I'm getting concerned about Sony; the PlayStation 3 is losing a bit of momentum and they don't make it easy for me to support the platform.."

Kotick goes on to cite that the Playstation 3 is a more expensive platform to develop for (with the competition being the 360, Wii and PC), and that Activision have already paid Sony somewhere in the realms of $US500 million in royalties so far for titles they have shipped. So it'll be interesting to see how Sony react, given that Activision Blizzard are one of the biggest game publishing/development companies out there, so its something they do need to take seriously.

The momentum of Microsoft's Xbox 360 from the hardcore console gamers market is rather unassailable currently, and with the Nintendo Wii dominating the casual/family gaming market, there isn't much room for the Playstation 3 at the moment given its a much more expensive console to purchase. Sales being made off the back of the PS3 being the "cheapest" Blu-Ray player are likely to vanish if they haven't already, with a number of manufacturers having standalone Blu-Ray players at pricepoints that make them far cheaper than picking up a PS3 now.

With the current global economic conditions, many people are looking for cheap stay at home entertainment and the Playstation 3 really wouldn't be high on the shopping list with its current $700 price tag. It'll be interesting to see if Sony reacts in a positive manner.
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