August 9th, 2006, 20:51 Posted By: wraggster
It seems somewhat baffling that the media is making up problems for the PlayStation 3 when it has some very real, very worrying ones of its own. According to breaking news from Japan, two major RPG projects have been canned by From Software, both slated for the new Sony machine.
Unconfirmed reports state From has pulled the plug on two RPG projects for PlayStation 3, the tentatively-titled 'Dark RPG' and another unnamed project. From had committed the games to support Sony's early PlayStation 3 push on several occasions. We expect the latest issue of Famitsu to confirm the cannings.
The PlayStation 3 has suffered multiple losses as publishers back away from supporting the project in its infancy, concerns likely triggered by supply problems endured by the Xbox 360 dooming much of the launch window software and gouging gaping holes in R&D spend. It would seem that Webzen's Endless Saga was pulled for PlayStation 3 in recent days. WWE Smackdown 2007 also rattled the can and it can only be assumed that more will follow.
Atari recently raised the issue of PS3 ROI (return on investment) concern from publishers, bemoaning Sony's apparent secrecy on planned shipping figures during the initial phase of PlayStation 3 sales, with CEO Bruno Bonell stating, ""...we're lacking information about the PS3 at this stage, because we have basically a rough release date and a high retail price point."
Of course, we're a long way from an outright panic, though it has to be conceded that the Xbox 360 paved a difficult road for the PlayStation 3 to tread. We wonder if it did this on purpose. Surely not
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