The Sony PS3 might not get future instalments of Call Of Duty, Modern Warfare, Guitar Hero, Tony Hawk and others according to Activision CEO Bobby Kotick. Why? “It’s expensive to develop for the console, and the Wii and the Xbox are just selling better.”
Kotick, speaking to The Times, said: The Sony “PS3 is losing a bit of momentum and they don’t make it easy for me to support the platform. Games generate a better return on invested capital on the Xbox than on the PlayStation.”
If that wasn’t enough sabre-rattling, Kotick went on to clarify: “They have to cut the [Sony PS3's] price.” If not, “we might have to stop supporting Sony. When we look at 2010 and 2011, we might want to consider if we support the console and the PSP too.” If Activision stop publishing on the Sony PS3, the console would lose a long list of key multi-platform titles. And Activision have traditionally published nearly all of their games on nearly all platforms. The soundbite does sound more like threats than promises, though.
A Sony PS3 US spokesperson came back with: “PlayStation has tremendous momentum coming out of E3, and we are seeing positive growth with more than 350 titles slated to hit across all our platforms, including many anticipated games from our publishing partners. We enjoy healthy business relationships with and greatly value our publishing partners and are working closely with them to deliver the best entertainment experience.” Sony UK has given a firm “no comment”, telling CVG.com: “we respect our third parties opinions and their right to express those opinions.”
At its core, Kotick’s complaint about the price of the Sony PS3 will chime with many gamers. But his timing seems rather odd: E3 2009 was generally held to be an excellent platform for Sony (despite Microsoft’s Natal announcements).