Former Sony UK Dev On PlayStation’s 1st Party Studio Closures: ‘It’s Business, Unfortunately’

Bloodbath of studios.

Posted By | On 19th, Jan. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


It gets lost because of the sheer volume of studios and first party games that Sony has, but they have actually been shutting down more and more studios over the last few years. We’ve seen Zipper Interactive, Studio Liverpool, Evolution Studios, and Guerrilla Cambridge all close down, while entire franchises have been left by the wayside to die.

As gamers, this is a bit of a bummer- there are so many formerly great studios and franchises, so many genres and kinds of games, that players still miss till date. And it seems like Kenny Linder, who was a former developer at BigBig Studios, itself formerly a part of Sony UK, doesn’t seem to mind these closures much at all. Speaking in a NeoGAF thread made on this issue, Linder pointed out that “Profits are being gained BECAUSE they’re ditching non-profit making segments. It’s business, unfortunately.” He also added the following sarcastically, “Sony should DEFINITELY keeping spending millions of pounds developing games that don’t sell.”

If there is anyone who has reason to complain about Sony’s handling of their studios, a former employee at one of said studios would be it. However, it sounds like Sony’s former developers understand the realities of business and the market. As much as we would all like to see a new Wipeout, ModNation Racers, SOCOM, or Puppeteer, the fact of the matter remains that those are genres that few companies are able to find success in, outside of Nintendo and maybe Ubisoft. While I dislike Sony’s decision to close down these studios, I cannot ultimately blame them all that much- plus, unlike over at Microsoft where each closure or cancellation takes out a major chunk of their total overall lineup, it’s not like Sony has much of a shortage of games anyway.


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  • jeagerjaq87

    Sad days..

  • Gamez Rule

    would have loved to see another Wipeout made for PS4

    • Note5

      There is one coming

  • AuricGoldfinger

    “While I dislike Sony’s decision to close down these studios, I cannot ultimately blame them all that much- plus, unlike over at Microsoft where each closure or cancellation takes out a major chunk of their total overall lineup”

    I find it hilarious how it’s referred to as “business unfortunately” when Sony closes studios. Yet when Microsoft does it, they’re crucified. The gaming community can be very hypocritical at times.

    • Mark

      While I do understand Pramath about Microsoft having a bigger impact on exclusives than Sony with closures, the same principle still exists that these corporations will axe studios if they see fit, and when I saw Phantom Dust leaked, ewww, I agree with MS there. Lol

  • The truth-ier

    What a dumb article, double standard, when sony does something its business, when MS does something…its all about the 1st party line up. Not to mention that unlike sony, MS generally does not announce games 2 years in advance, its a reason sony updated its last big sizzle real to remove all games coming in 2017.
    MS is all about business(for better or worst), just check the company as a whole profits, and how much money it actually has on hand….people who write these articles are lazy and bias.

    • angh

      I’ve missed the part in article where Sony is saying anything… but I guess it doesn’t matter, right?

      “Not to mention that unlike sony, MS generally does not announce games 2 years in advance”
      Quantum Break, Crackdown 3, sea of thieves hits 2 years on 2017 e3… I probably could say more but cant remember any other xbox one ms made exclusive worth mentioning. Of course, forza, halo and GeoW are coming on time. I guess we can call it 50% are below 2 years.

    • crazy_black_man-

      “MS is all about business(for better or worst), just check the company as a whole profits, and how much money it actually has on hand”

      I love when these crybabies say stupid stuff. If they are doing so much better in overall profits, then why is their best console gaming product so far behind in sales and why is it so undesirable to gamers? I don’t really expect a reply, you big crybaby.

    • Michael

      How does the crow taste, Pony? Looks like sony loves money just as much as ms…lol


 

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