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Braid Designer on Sony Santa Monica’s New IP Cancellation: Offers Salty Comments on “Business Suits”

by on February 26, 2014 4:54 PM 101

Braid Designer Jonathan Blow, currently working on The Witness, is known for his fierce indie spirit and for his very honest and blunt opinions on the situation of the gaming industry. Today he offered a few salty comments following the cancellation of Sony Santa Monica’s new IP on Twitter.

Game publishers like to talk about how new IPs are scary and risky and usually not worth it… but this is clearly poor thinking, because every single megablockbuster franchise, that Mr. Business Suit Guy would rather put the money toward, was once a new IP.

God of War was once a new IP. Call of Duty was once a new IP. etc, it is so obvious, how does Mr. Business Suit not see this?

Maybe next time I meet Mr. Business Suit I will ask him to name an Old IP that was not once a New IP.

While I’m not 100% sure that it’s just a matter of “business suits” deciding not to take the risk here, there’s certainly some witty wisdom in Blow’s words. Pretty much all publishers have made plenty promises on upcoming new IP for this generation, and we’ll have to see in the next few months how many of those will turn into actual announcements.

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  • alok

    Cory Barlog taking over

  • ISISSecretAgent

    i think this is part of the initiative of slashing 5k jobs? that and it seems SSM is already working in 3 projects? they closed like a dozen of sony retail stores today…

    nevertheless best of luck for those affected

  • Delsin Row

    whats his saying? is he complain or encourage ?

    • http://www.blackxino.blogspot.com/ Xino

      complaining man.
      Cuz publishers care about money and focusing on old titles rather than taking risk to make new titles

      • Delsin Row

        i see whats your point. i think with the big sell of ps4, sony will be like nintendo. i like sony, i hope they dont become that kind of publishers.

      • madbads

        true , true! remember ps1 days when every new game was actually new IP.. now new IPs are only thrown out by the indies…

        • kupomogli

          And only one out of every 20 or more indies are worth the $10-15 if you were to pay full price. Almost none of them are worth paying even close to $60 for.

          • madbads

            haha i always facepalm while browsing steam and suddenly , bam call of duty ghosts 59.99 Euro .. wtf

  • blessedswine

    Santa monica studies just moved to a bigger building could this just be a matter of restructuring and letting go people who arent essential to current projects and people who were working on the cancelled ip, And new ips are more risky then a known ip, for every Uncharted theres a Beyond Good and Evil(good game didnt sell well) and it seems as if Santa Monica Studios was working on i think it was 3 or 4 new ips thats very risky, The Order could flop it could sell well, wont know till its out, and it only takes a handfull of flops in a row to sink the ship, and lets be honest God of War ascention wasnt good and didnt do well in sales.

    • TomShoe

      That’s very true. For every Killzone, The Last of Us and Assassin’s Creed, there are at least 10 of games like Remember Me, Mafia II, Bulletstorm, L.A. Noire, etc. WHile they were good games in their own right, there just wasn’t enough mass-market appeal to make them worth the investment.

      New IPs are very risky, and the “suits” job is to determine which games have the best chance of selling well, as well as determining the budget for each game. I have a feeling Stig’s game was about to become stuck in development hell (I think it was already in the works for years), and Sony didn’t want another The Last Guardian-type scenario, so they pulled the plug, and let go of the people that were working on it. It’s a shame, but that’s business.

      • datdude

        I think Sony’s approach with their first party developers and indies has earned them some leeway and the benefit of the doubt. It’s always sad when people lose their jobs, but it happens in every industry on the planet, why would gaming studios be any different? It happens. It sucks, but it happens.

      • DarthDiggler

        Mafia II wasn’t a new IP and I don’t recall it being a failure (wasn’t highly successful).

    • datdude

      Thanks for showing some common sense and some discernment.

  • Spencer

    It’s just restructuring the company good Lord. There’s not even any confirmation that the new IP was cancelled.

    They are still hiring on their page, what does that tell you? Talk about blowing things out of proportion, jeez.

    • shinitaru

      “…blowing things out of proportion”?

    • Paul

      It was confirmed by one of the employee’s who were laid off that the new IP is cancelled.

      • Michael Norris

        Yea Stig’s game =(

      • blessedswine

        he is still right though not even a month ago they moved into a new bigger building and made the comment on psblog about hiring more staff, i think this was just letting go people who either werent working on anything important or working on a new IP that sony didnt have much faith would recoup the losses of development, lets remember its not like this studio has had alot of huge hits as of late, GoW3 was really thier last big game that was succesfull if you look at the games they worked on only 5 games in the history of the company were fully internally developed, 4 god of wars, and a game named kinetica, every other game was either a collaboration with another studio or they were the publisher on so in 13 years they only actually made 5 games themselves the rest they “collaborated” on.

  • Mildra

    I can see where he’s coming from, but I feel that its only half the issue. On the other side of the equation you have a gaming public that doesn’t wanna step out of their comfort zone, so the issue becomes a bit of a vicious cycle.

  • joe

    maybe their new IP looked like crap? I’m mean their last game wasn’t exactly a huge success.

  • miles_lye

    Really sucks. I love GOW, but I also think a break from the series is necessary right now. Ascension was good but it feels like the devs are headed towards exhaustion from making GOW games. A new IP would of been refreshing.

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    he does make his point…as always.

  • alchemistx24x7

    With Sony’s financial problems by recent moves Sony corp selling there PC and TV divisions-Cutting 20 Sony stores in the U.S. and over a 1000 jobs to cutting back on there Game studios work force like santa monica and a few months ago was anther sony studio which has slip my mind to now cancelling GOW and a new ip does not bold well for ps4 gamers..Sony is set to release only a few AAA exclusives this year while MS has a load of exclusives coming.With all this financial problems with Sony the selling off of its company i dont see them able to produce big AAA tittles as they once were able to do and Sony knew this along time ago its probably why they invested heavy into cheap affordable indie games to push the ps4 this year Sony has only Infamous- 1886- and deep down which deep down is a f2p game which will be heavy on microtrans its been reported Sony will set a rank/level cap which will make players have to pay to continue which makes sense it is free 2 play but its not a good sign and beyond this year Sony really has nothing announced for the ps4 but another uncharted game and cross plat games…While that media box called Xbox 1 from the beginning has been producing games and 2014 will be a strong year with a bunch of exclusives and a whole bunch of unannounced games in dev rite now for this year and next as v.p Phil Spencer has said but wont leak it till week of e3 while there is 3rd party devs out there saying the same but cant say nothing until e3..One thing is certain MS has no shortage of $$$ and there not shy on using it..

    • shinitaru

      lmao at you

      • alchemistx24x7

        According to your world Sony business is booming for the last 10+ yrs they have grown, They have not sold there PC & TV divisions, Financial problems what financial problems..Closing down 60% of Sony stores no you got that wrong there expanding,Layoffs at 2 studios the pas t few months ..What layoffs, Canceled GOW, Canceled new games what canceled games..Facts to Sony ponies is like Kryptonite to Superman..Heres laughing at you ;)

        • shinitaru

          You sure read a lot into a 3 word sentence. Face this fact: you’re a joke :D

        • shinitaru

          But you are wrong on several points, Sony did not sell their TV division, merely spun it off from the parent company, GOW is still in development, and Kryptonite is the only thing that can get though to Superman
          Try working on your analogies, they suck

          • alchemistx24x7

            Sony Santa Monica Lead Level Designer Confirms The Cancellation Of GOW 3 Director’s New IP…http://gearnuke.com/former-sony-santa-monica-lead-level-designer-confirms-cancellation-new-ip/

          • shinitaru

            Yeah, GOW 3 Director’s New IP, The same game that we are this article is about, not GOW.
            Do you actually read these articles or just part of the headline?

          • alchemistx24x7

            Denial in its highest degree..lol..

          • shinitaru

            and yours is delusion. Read the WHOLE article next time, you may actually learn something.

          • chrisredfield31

            this guy sure is retarded. I haven’t seen anything so bad since dakan

          • http://www.Kwamejoseph.com/ ProPaperPusher

            I don’t think he is reading the articles just the link and he’s only reading every other word in the titles of the links he’s providing.

            If Alchemist24x7 was writing a research paper or thesis he would failed horrifically.

          • alchemistx24x7
          • shinitaru

            once again, just read the headline, that happened in 2011 and it was a joint venture with Samsung, they sold their interest in that project.

          • alchemistx24x7

            Again your in major denial..

          • shinitaru

            Whatever you need to tell yourself.

          • shinitaru

            The truth is right there in the links that YOU PROVIDED. If you have to lie to yourself, then you’ve already lost.

          • http://www.Kwamejoseph.com/ ProPaperPusher

            Wow dude, you’re giving Xbox fans a bad name. READ YOUR LINKS BEFORE YOU POST.

            It makes you look very desperate providing links that proves the opposite of your point…or does not even relate to your comments

          • http://www.Kwamejoseph.com/ ProPaperPusher

            That is LCD panels. Which means LCD Television screens. Not the television itself. Story is 2yrs old. Sony just announced they SPIN off the Television business into it’s own separate company.

            LCD=Liquid crystal Displays.

            Please read your links before you post. It just proves that people are very uneducated about passion.

        • http://www.Kwamejoseph.com/ ProPaperPusher

          Can you provide the link that GOW is canceled?

          PS1, PS2 & PS3 has proved one thing, no matter Sony’s financial loss, Sony has always provided quality exclusives for the past two decades plus.

          A great example is the PS3 currently. Sony has provided a great gaming experience the past 24 months for the PS3. How many notable quality titles has been released on 360 in the past 24 months? That cannot be played on PC or PS3?

          I’m happy with my PS4. People harp about no games, but currently PS4 has a larger library of GAMES than the Xbox One as of this moment and that will not changed.

    • Michael Norris

      Basically, everything you said is wrong.The rumor is it was Stig Asmussen’s game that got canceled.More than likely Cory Barlog is working on a new GOW.Just go play your Xbroke done and leave those false rumors alone.

      • shinitaru

        He tries so hard though, never misses an opportunity to spread the FUD…of course he’s an idiot so he’s not very good at it

        and that whole thing is like one long sentence….

    • Matt Dickinson

      why do you want Sony to go away? They’ve been one of the best tech companies for over 50 years.

      • shinitaru

        Because he’s insecure, he’s afraid that maybe he purchased the wrong product and he will be stuck with and expensive doorstop. That and he likes to win arguments and is too short sighted to understand that without competition, he would be forced to buy whatever crap MS forced on the market and apparently has forgotten how they behave when they have a monopoly

        • datdude

          There is no maybe about it. You can actually sense the flop sweat dripping from his worried and furrowed brow, as he realizes that 500 dollar box is getting hammered in every conceivable way by the less expensive, yet more powerful, ps4. You have to feel for the poor slob.

          • shinitaru

            I feel nothing, he’s what’s wrong with the gaming community. I have more sympathy for a cockroach

          • datdude

            The cockroach is a survivor, and you can respect it for that. This alchemist character is a turdslug. There is nothing to respect about a sh*t eater.

    • Mikeherp Derp

      Dumb as bricks, wrong, and clearly mentally ill.

      • Demetre HG

        Butthurt are we Pony Bahahaha you tards are history enjoy those indie games you dam fools

        • shinitaru

          ^ Xbot mating call

        • You are flat out wrong

          Hi Demetre! Xbone is a failure and Titanflop has no Australian servers.

    • datdude

      http://i.imgur.com/KVX6jb4.jpg

      Nighty Night son…so much for the diarrhea emanating from your mouth. Toe tag him boys, he’s done.

      • shinitaru

        We’re getting Fez? Cool, I just got this on my PC from a Humble Bundle, it is awesome and deserves more attention. Say what you like about Phil Fish, the man is a genius

    • You are flat out wrong

      Meanwhile whole studios at Microsoft don’t exist and they couldn’t afford total exclusivity of Titanflop on the Xbone.

    • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

      So much bull$hit in your wall of text its hard to even know where to start, guess I’ll just do it like this, PS3 had the most and best exclusives, PS4 will too, you lose.

  • Eagles83

    For once I find myself in agreement with with Mr. Blow. While the situation is probably more complicated, it is a legitimate problem in gaming now. Too many people wanting to make sequel after sequel to play it safe.

    Just like when Microsoft announced they were pulling Black Tusk off their new ip to work on Gears of War. That decision sucked and so does this one.

    • JerkDaNERD7

      Well, the Black Tusk situation is different and for many are glad that Black Tusk studios will ease themselves into the new generation by developing an already established IP….especially Gears!

      So put the new IP aside and adapt to new tools and technology overtime. Making the game better.

      So this issue obviously is coming from Sony’s current corporate spin-off….and very surprising that it has reached this far into a division they’re focusing a lot more on. So if they’re playing it safe…it is for a very good reason. If anything you DO NOT cancel a game so early in a new generation. Signs of things to come.

      • datdude

        This guy will be nowhere to be found when this same studio announces two new projects at this years E3. He’s simply another nobody with an opinion formed in the clouudddzzzzzzz.

        • JerkDaNERD7

          But the cloud does exist and why major software companies are now in a transitioning to it. However, Microsoft will be the only one with a major cloud infrastructure for gaming. As some developer have stated there are going to be some great features coming for Xbox One owners.

          • Jecht_Sin

            Yup. An we have seen the amazing results already. 6v6 players MP in Titanfall thanks to THE POWAH OF THE CLOUD!!

            Cloud computing can’t help performances. The latency is not too high, it’s enormous. It’s a technical fact.

          • shinitaru

            Don’t bother trying to explain the feasibilty of cloud processing, they don’t possess the technical expertise to understand what you are trying to say to them.

            It’s like a religion with then, the Prophet Larry Hryb has delivered the Gospel from on high, who are we to dispute it? Fact only get in the way of faith….

          • datdude

            Cloud gaming is a pipe dream, and somehow Microsoft keeps getting folks who don’t understand to suck on dat pipe. The latency induced is considerable, which means latency dependent functions can’t be offloaded to the cloud. That means only minor things, like lighting effects in certain scenarios can be helped. The hardware still has to do the grunt work. The ps4 is routinely producing games at a higher graphical fidelity. Why? Because it has more horsepower under the hood. If the cloud was so great, the xbone would not be struggling to achieve 1080p 60fps, but it is, isn’t it? There goes your cloud, it’s pretty much useless for graphics and gameplay improvement. The proof is in the pudding. So I’m not sure what “great features” you’re referring to, but the most obvious problem is that you don’t know what “great features” you’re referring to. You’re just parroting back pr speak that means absolutely nothing. If you want to see a feasible introduction of cloud gaming, see psnow. And I’m even dubious of that service mainly because the vast majority of people don’t have the necessary bandwidth to stream game data without lag, so that service isn’t going to be feasible for the masses. But at least that service is realistic for the lucky few who do have the necessary bandwidth. Microsoft’s cloud is just dedicated servers which avoid a peer to peer connection and avoids host advantage, but many other games on many other systems provide dedicated servers as well, so it’s not like it’s reinventing the wheel.

          • JerkDaNERD7

            Wow you just wasted a whole paragraph explaining something you have no clue about.

            If anything it is TOO EARLY. Also, when I say the benefit of the cloud I’m not talking graphics. I’m emphasizing more on innovative gameplay and AI.

            So we’ll just wait until then. Microsoft is holding to long to a gimmick for it to be a gimmick. Their cloud feature is REAL and we’ll see probably at E3.

            http://gamingbolt.com/phil-spencer-promises-impressive-xbox-one-cloud-demo

          • datdude

            Oh. Ok. So the fact that it’s providing no benefit is excused because “it’s too early”. Sure you’re right. Then you say ” when I say the benefit of the cloud I’m not talking graphics. I’m emphasizing more on innovative gameplay and AI” Respawn told everyone at last years E3 that the cloud was crucial to Titanfall, yet it’s a 6v6, multiplayer only, graphically unimpressive, bot filled game in which the bots are complained to be dumb as nails and cannon fodder who don’t even react when players enter the environment. Oh, I’m sorry, maybe it’s too early for that wonder cloud A.I. to kick in. They’ve only been working on the game for years with the cloud infrastructure in place and brought the attention to the cloud features themselves, saying the game “couldn’t be made without it”, yet it’s better on pc without dem clouuudddzzz. Sure you’re right. We’ve found onw of those suckers they talk about being born every minute. Maybe by 2018 they’ll get it right. Innovative indeed. Crawl into your hole, you’re finished here.

          • JerkDaNERD7

            Wow, how you passed up what Xbox 360 had done for console gaming for indies is BEYOND me and shows you need LESS of the kool-aid fountain your spending too much time around.

            Just because Sony “afforded” themselves a bunch of indies that are on PC DOES NOT mean innovation. Also, first party developers creating good games is NOT innovative, it’s just that…creating good games, LOL! What you NEED to consider is what developers are doing for Sunset Overdrive and Fable Legends. Looks like some real and next gen stuff coming, almost similar to next gen games like Destiny, The Division and Evolve where true next gen innovative gameplay and AI will define this gen.

            Also, with all the fud around it sucks for most gamers to not take into consideration the innovative AI of Forza. So you emphasizing on Titanfall (A game that is JUST barely to be released) shows how incompetent you are in making relevant points. You seem to LOVE sticking to moot points and claim SELF-VICTORY and telling people their…”FINISHED”, LOL!

            If anything, time will tell because ONCE AGAIN…IT’S TOO EARLY! LMAO!

          • datdude

            You are suffering in the five stages of grief. 1. Denial 2. Anger 3.
            Bargaining 4. Depression 5. Acceptance You’re still in the denial stage, but don’t worry, you’ll move on sooner or later and continue toward the inevitable acceptance of ps4 superiority. It’s only a matter of time. Until then, convince yourself of whatever you need to, you’ve apparently sold yourself a dream that has turned into a nightmare so your coping mechanism of deflection and denial is to be expected. That is what happens when a mind breaks. If it helps you sleep at night, so be it.

          • JerkDaNERD7

            Okay, without telling me what I should think or you have some power from the Sony heavens to know what my intentions are….. *lame* how about you look back at my comments and tell me what I’m in denial of WITHOUT making assumptions of what you make up in your mind that I’m denial of, lol.

            If anything, YOU SIR have always circumvented the facts I have stated and bring up arguable points that make NO SENSE.

            It’s as if your the insider and already have made up in your mind that you have rue the day and can tell the future, yet you state moot and obvious lame points without backing it.

          • shinitaru

            Lets be real here for a minute. What exactly do you think that the Xbox 360 has done for console gaming?

          • JerkDaNERD7

            First console to provide a community for indies to develop and distribute their games…for free, XNA hello am I the only one who know this?! Either your in denial of this fact or just don’t know.

            Achievements, which was a gamers heaven when you can rack up your overall gaming scores…

            First console to introduce trialed games, at a time where we had to wait for magazine demos…for PC at least. It was introduce to consoles.

            Digital distribution, first console to provide apps. Once Netflix hit the market and became a huge success more and more apps fell in line. It was the entertainment hub…minus blu ray, unfortunately lol…

            Pretty much in every way we use our console today derives from what Microsoft have been able to provide on the software and online side which was their goal most of all.

          • shinitaru

            You mean all of the things they copied from Steam minus the trial and the achievements? I suppose you have to give them credit for bringing that stuff to consoles but that was the direction the industry was going already, with or without the Xbox.

            But in many ways, they have held the industry back, DLC, sequels, graphical caps of PC games. There are lots of ways that gaming would have been better off without MS.

          • JerkDaNERD7

            Wow, graphical caps?! Where are your sources? LOL!

            If anything Xbox Live made that transition more prevalent given in how cumbersome PSN was compared to Live. from Live chat to skype Xbox 360 did a lot overall compared to gaming in that regards, Sony did well in providing first parties. That’s about it. Home, was interesting but it just didn’t make sense to the average consumer.

      • You are flat out wrong

        Keep damage controlling.

        • JerkDaNERD7

          This is an explanation of actual damage control. And this recent outcomes are just a result of it:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNYUg9D2PJ4#t=95

          • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

            You do know Microsoft lost billions to right?

          • Eagles83

            While that is true in all honesty they still ended the year with a profit rather than a loss. They are getting 2 billion from Google alone which made up for most of their losses around Xbox and Windows RT tablets.

            http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/18/microsoft-q4-2013-earnings-surface-rt-inventory/

          • JerkDaNERD7

            It doesn’t matter, Microsoft is up there with the likes of GE and ICBC. Highly doubt 3 billion in console manufacturing losses will effect em’ like what Sony is enduring through. The true money maker comes from the revenue stream of services provided. NOT console sells.

            So how these mooks consider ONLY Microsoft console sells looses and not Sony goes to show how full of it they are.

          • JerkDaNERD7

            You do know Sony lost billions more right? And further more as a whole company, right?!

          • You are flat out wrong

            Hahahaha twenty minute whinge video about Xbots being the lepers of gaming.

            Meanwhile Xbox has made a $3 billion total loss since inception. Feels good man.

          • JerkDaNERD7

            Actually, if you look up he’s channel the guy is a Nintendo fan. LOL!

            Also, 3 billion to a company who is worth 200 billion plus in market value ALON, LOL….highly doubt Microsoft’s wetting themselves over that.

            Now if you can take that into consideration, also consider how Sony is doing with losses the same in every console they produce and add further more the looses they a adding on as a whole. Yisshhh, now that is bleeding money and highly doubt junk status is a good look when trying to gain any further financial help.

          • You are flat out wrong

            Which is even worse. PlayStation and Nintendo fans should be teaming up to kick the Xbox cancer out of the industry.

            You’re right. It would be no skin off their teeth to jettison the underperforming Xbox brand. Saint Elop will see to that. :)

          • Eagles83

            Why are you so filled with hate? You act like Microsoft kicked your baby boy in the nuts or something.

            Do you not think that Sony from time to time is a cancer as well? Look at the ridiculous prices they were charging for Vita memory cards. Please I’d really like to get an answer from you.

          • You are flat out wrong

            Last I checked, that wasn’t on par with attempting to seize control of the used game distribution market and attempting to kill my hobby.

          • Eagles83

            That is just sensationalist nonsense though. They were not trying to kill your hobby but rather keep the hobby alive by ensuring the developers were paid for the work that they put into a title. Nothing wrong with that.

          • You are flat out wrong

            Dogsh*t. “Used games are killing the industry” is just an excuse for developers letting overinflated budgets overwhelm the industry. Same with “piracy is killing PC gaming” when right now it’s healthier than ever. After MS’ DRM failure I predicted that they’d go after Youtube and streamers next and last December I was proved right.

            Please leave, shill.

          • Eagles83

            Oh yes let’s all gather around and praise the genius intellect that is “You are flat out wrong”. Only the truly wise can come to such a conclusion. Or people that are too simple minded to understand how economics works. Piracy isn’t killing the PC because PC is the smallest market except for MMO style games and a few others. Consoles are where the most sales are so that makes that point irrelevant. Microsoft didn’t go after Youtube streamers either………that was Google’s content id system that was unrelated to Microsoft or any other company. Hell…….Valve has had videos claimed when they have a policy that strictly allows it explicitly. You should consult a dictionary because I think you are truly the shill here.

          • You are flat out wrong

            PC retail actually makes up a significant chunk of the market and there’s not even taking into account digital sales.

            In the meantime, you couldn’t adequately tackle my thesis. That’s all I needed to see.

          • Eagles83

            Right……….ha ha.

            You are not even a worthy adversary. This is just the first comparison that I could find with a quick google search but there are far more. You simply do not have the facts on your side.

          • You are flat out wrong

            Well done, you found sales figures for one game.

            In the real world, PC games were the third highest sellers in the UK behind the 360 and PS3, bringing in £43 million worth of revenue. That doesn’t even take into account digital figures either.

            http://i.imgur.com/mZ5cYDi.png

          • Eagles83

            These figures are irrelevant since they don’t take into account a title. Of course the PC is going to have high numbers because several PC only titles are included in this. For titles that are on console as well they have a small fraction of the sales. Your point is invalid.

          • You are flat out wrong

            Well, la di da. Nice to know I can just discount large swaths of evidence when it doesn’t fit my narrative.

            GRAVITY ISN’T REAL

          • Eagles83

            I would have thought that it was an obvious point and that I shouldn’t have to spell it out for you but I was wrong. The PC market share is a decent size because titles such as World of Warcraft, Starcraft, League of Legends, etc. are only released on the PC. If it is the only place you can purchase the title then it will inflate the PC numbers. My point is about looking at the sales numbers for games that are released on console and PC. The PC margin is very low in comparison.

      • Zac Lee Martin

        You’re excited by a generic shooter, let alone a rehashed and milked franchise like Gears of War?

        Dozens of games are canceled. The difference here is that you know about this one while most canceled games aren’t ever known to the public. Wah. They are working on tons of games and they are actually new IP’s, unlike Microsoft rehashing ideas and surviving off of bought success. Sony creates so many awesome games with their own employees like Naughty Dog, Sony Santa Monica, and Media Molecule. What is Microsoft doing? Taking from Bungie, Lionhead, and Epic. Halo, Fable, Gears of War. The only game you can say they sprung forth was Forza, which is a blatant wanna-be Gran Turismo; no creativity there.

        • Eagles83

          While I agree that I could care less about Gears of War I think you are making an unfair comparison. You are ignoring the fact that Sony purchased studios as well which are technically bought success with Media Molecule being one of them.

          Also you are underselling Forza which is generally a higher reviewed game and has evolved over time. Gran Turismo has stalled and has focused on adding more and more cars even though 20 of them are practically identical and most of them are ripped from a PS2 game.

          Sony does have more 1st party games than Microsoft which would be a good point to make as it is a selling point in their favor.

        • JerkDaNERD7

          What?! Sony in regard to Microsoft is NO different in how they operate as a company in acquiring studios and developing games. They don’t just acquire the likes of Naughty Dog and fill em’ up with Japanese and claim that’s uniquely theirs, LOL!

          Last gen Sony’s hands were forced to deliver a reason to buy the PS3 aside from blu ray, and why they HAD TO develop first party games. Microsoft towards the end didn’t give in produce as much because til’ this day X360 has the most software sold for a hardware. Clearly showing there dominance throughout most of last gen.

          So I’m surprised you haven’t name there new IPs, like Sunset Overdrive, Fable Legends, Quantum Break and D4, compared to Sony. Can you name me there announced first party titles?

    • DarthDiggler

      He is making his statements devoid of any evidence. Just blaming this on suits is short sighted outside of any evidence. I am sure if it was just the suits being dicks there would be more quotes from exiting developers and artists.

      • Eagles83

        I didn’t say anything about device and I didn’t blame this on the suits. I’m not sure you read my post but I specifically stated that the situation it probably more complicated than just abandoning a new IP. Reading between the lines will tell you that other things were going on and wasn’t putting all the blame on the suits. My other comments in the post was just a frustration that doesn’t necessarily apply to this particular instance but with the game industry in general where too much emphasis is being placed on sequels and not new concepts or game mechanics. I just don’t think I can play another gray shooter……….just too boring anymore.

  • Simeon Paskell

    Though it is sad to hear about a new IP withering on the vine (especially when it’s a new IP from a studio such as Santa Monica Studio), surely it’s hard to comment on this particular case while knowing nothing about the game (beyond it’s sci-fi setting)?

    Maybe it just wasn’t very good? Maybe it had concepts that clashed with another title in Sony’s portfolio of upcoming games? Maybe a lot of things… Who knows? I don’t. And I don’t think Mr Blow does either.

    It’s all to easy to criticize ‘Mr Business’, but when doing so you should – at the very least – do so from an informed position.

  • DarthDiggler

    I am quite certain the decision to cancel any Sony Santa Monica game wouldn’t be taken lightly..

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