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Sony announces that it has sold over 10 million PS4s since launch 9 months ago, but even Sony doesn’t know why
In talks with Eurogamer, Sony president Shuhei Yoshida confesses that even Sony doesn’t know why the PS4 is selling so well.
“It’s just beyond our imagination. We are so happy. But I for one am a bit nervous because we do not completely understand what’s happening,” said Yoshida.
Sony’s marketing team has recently discovered that many PS4 purchasers didn’t own a PS3 or any last-gen console when they made the investment. Though early success is definitely a good sign, Sony is worried about exhausting core gamers.
“As soon as we see a great sales number, our instinct tells us we should be concerned about future sales, right? Are we exhausting all the core gamers? If we sell this number of units, there are no more consumers we can sell to.”
“What we see is that this year is still fine for the PS3 and 360, but next year because they are selling very quickly, we’ll move to the new hardware,” Guillemot said. “After 2015, it will be hard for us to create games for those systems.”
Surprised at how quickly gamers have upgraded to the current gen, Guillemont states that Ubisoft’s development course over the next year is more obvious than ever and he is very confident about them.
Guillemont also stated that while Ubisoft won’t entirely abandon Nintendo consoles, it will definitely begin to streamline and focus more on popular games for the Wii U such as Just Dance. While Watch Dogs will head over to Wii U, it will be the only mature game Ubisoft publishes on the platform.
Whether or not this is true, news like this never bodes well for gamers. Withholding review copies to dodge pre-release criticism isn’t a practice any studio or publisher should be partaking in, and many outlets are stressing that everyone wait until reviews come out from trusted sources before buying The Sims 4.
Sony is beginning to limit the number of remasters seen on PS4.
The Last of Us Remastered is a beautifully done game. The original was also very well done, but seeing it updated for the latest console was an experience–but one that Sony is not encouraging among developers.
Jim Ryan told CVG that while rereleasing popular games on the newest tech is a great idea on paper, the practice isn’t something Sony wants to become a regular thing. Ryans states that Sony wants to avoid making the new generation a rehash.
“I think the balance is just about right but you know, there are other games that could be looked at, but there’ll come a point where next gen will have moved on and rehashing old gen will have passed its sell-by date.”
What do you think? Which popular oldies would you love to see remastered for the latest generation, if any?
Thatgamecompany’s famous indie title Journey will release on PS4 later this year.
Sony announced at Gamescom that Journey and The Unfinished Swan will be releasing on PS4 later this year.
Both games, though Journey is a personal favorite of mine, will run in 1080p and will be worked on by new studios with support from the original creators. Tricky Pixel will handle Journey, and Armature Studio will handle Unfinished Swan.
While I’m not huge on the idea of another studio handling Journey, I am excited to see it translate to the new generation. If you haven’t played it yet, it’s definitely an indie title worth picking up.
Hotline Miami will be releasing on Ps4 August 19th in the U.S.
Releasing with special features specifically for the DualShock controller, the PS4 release of Hotline Miami has been confirmed for August 19 in the U.S. and August 20 in Europe.
Players can use the touch pad to look around and lock onto enemies, and shaking the controller allows you to execute enemies pinned to the ground. Sounds will also play through the DualShock’s speaker.
Anyone who owns the title on PS3 or Vita will automatically receive the PS4 version when it releases. Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number will release for PC, PS3, PS Vita and PS4.
Assassin’s Creed is set to take on a new medium later this year in the form of a new board game–Assassin’s Creed Monopoly.
Gaming company USAopoly is known for giving the Monopoly treatment to games such as The Walking Dead, World of Warcraft, Lord of the Rings and more.
The Assassin’s Creed Monopoly will span over the entire series of video games, including characters and events from each installment. Board locations will be taken from locations in the games, and you’ll be trading in Abstergo credits. Pieces will include Ezio, Altair, Connor, Edward, Arno, and Aveline.
The game is set for release in November in the United States.
The gut-busting sim will be available on Android tablets come August 14th.
Looking for a way to play this hilarious title while your professor drones on and on? Well, on August 14th, pseudo-surgeons will have the opportunity to download and play Surgeon Simulator on Android tablets.
No word on how much the app will cost, but given the $6 iOS price tag, we can expect to see something similar on the Google Play Store.
Have you played Surgeon Simulator? Will you be picking this up for those boring breaks between classes?
New players for Battlefield 4 can use EA’s Game Time program to play the game for 168 hours free.
EA’s Game Time program is adding Battlefield 4 to the list. New gamers have until August 14th to download the game to their library–however, once downloaded, new gamers can begin their 168 hours of free game time whenever they want.
Just keep in mind that your 168 hours counts towards whatever you may actually be doing in the game–whether you’re playing a match or sitting AFK in the lobby, EA is counting that time against you.
Gamers should also remember that this free time only counts towards those who are downloading and installing the game for the very first time.