Next-gen projects are testing dev resources, Sony exec admits

But PlayStation's Fergal Gara says group is 'nowhere close to giving up on PS3'

The managing director of PlayStation UK has admitted that work underway on next generation games is challenging the group's studio resources as it tries to create content for Vita and PS3 as well.
"When you look at the UK market, it's easy to say that current consoles are fading. But if you look at PS3, it's holding up a lot better than others, so it warrants support. But if you look at continental Europe, PS3 hasn't even peaked yet. Why would you run away from a console business when you're not even top of the hill? We're certainly not going to run away from it."

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Kenjifirera1779d ago

Yeah Sony really needs to focus on the ps4 and ps vita, that way developers don't suffer and the systems can compete even better than when the ps3 first came out. Plus a strong line up of AAA games would be most welcomed. :)

jimbobwahey1779d ago (Edited 1779d ago )

Developers have already suffered unfortunately. I find it disappointing that Sony is stating that next-gen projects are testing their resources, but then we found out a little while ago that they shut down Studio Liverpool who were busy working on a Wipeout game for the PS4 launch. It had apparently been in development for over 12 months already.

Obviously I can only speak for myself here, but as somebody who really loves Wipeout HD it's really frustrating to see them say that. I'd have been over the moon if the PS4 rolled out with a Wipeout game at launch, and now that probably won't happen.

solidt121779d ago

If they worked on the game that long I am sure another studio will complete it and it will still come out. But it is a shame they closed the studio down.

BitbyDeath1779d ago

Here you go -

Staff got moved to Evo Studios.
Work will continue there so we should hopefully get both a new Wipeout and Motorstorm at or around launch.

Blastoise1779d ago (Edited 1779d ago )

I think its awesome that Sony are still working on the PS3. Its been around for a long time and the fact that it still has a good handful of games that can truly make me excited without the constant chorus of "Bring on next gen" is impressive. The best thing about Sony is exactly that, they provide the games. Sure it sometimes takes them a while but look at the PS3 now compared to what it was back in 2006.
It's a shame a certain other gaming company seems to be more or less giving up on games and focusing on the casual market that Nintendo already claimed a long time ago. Instead of going out on a high note.

Anyway, even with the awesome line-up of PS3 games still to come these are exciting times to be a gamer. With the Wii U releasing soon (and a promise on third-party support and hardcore games) and the eventual revealing of the PS4 and Next Xbox these next few years should be very interesting indeed.

HarryMasonHerpderp1779d ago

Well said Blastoise, I think Sony's competition should take note about how to still keep the core gamer happy even at the end of a consoles lifespan.

jimbobwahey1779d ago


Thanks for the link, I hadn't seen that before. Unfortunately however the story has been updated with information that apparently Evolution Studios hasn't been handed the IP after all.

It seems to be anyone's guess what will happen with the Wipeout series now, but it would be a tragedy if it died. I vastly prefer it to Motorstorm myself.

wastedcells1779d ago (Edited 1779d ago )

Thanks Bitbydeath. Makes a lot of sense to blend those developers together. The results will hopefully be a better wipeout and motor storm.

JAMurida1779d ago

I still feel bad about the lose of Zipper Interactive. IMO, that company was the best when it came to making exclusive shooters on PS3, that also was an in-house first party studio of Sony's as well. A PS4 MAG 2 would of been amazing just thinking of the potential... I remember listen to the Zipcast (Zipper Interactive podcast) where they talked so much about the many ideas they had for MAG 2 and what not... god it's such a shame to see that talent gone. A dev company I grew up loving since I was a young teen.

Oh well though, all good things come to an end, here's to the future!

iamnsuperman1779d ago

The problem is not enough people really like/ are bothered about Wipeout. It is a shame but I tihnk Sony made a good decision to stop work on it. It may be a waste of money with 12 months down the line (probably should have been cancelled earlier) but they took that money to not spend any more money on it (got to remember advertising cost quite a lot to a games development)

With every studio getting shut down it is all about how much potential profit they can make. It is the same with Zipper. Zipper created a ok game but it wasn't Socom nor was it really good compared to other games of that type.

Awesome_Gamer1778d ago

Next-Gen Console will be released in 2014. It's a fact.

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andibandit1779d ago


the article you referred to has been updated since you read it (LOOOOL), let me pass this on from the article:

"UPDATE 1: In the moments since publication MCV has been contacted by two sources who claim that Evolution is not the new WipEout developer. We will await an official confirmation.

UPDATE 2: Sony has responded with "no comment".

Also i see no mention that workers had been transferred from one company to the other.

Relientk771779d ago

Can't wait for the PS4 reveal, definitely looking forward to it

metroid321779d ago

Sony are boring i could predict 10 games that will be on ps4 and they will be only a little better than their counter parts on ps3 ????? who cares for God Of War 4 and 5 and GT5/6 who cares honestly.

bloodybutcher1779d ago

i do. isn't your hate overdone just a little? or are you just trying to convince yourself that whichever console you've chosen,it wasn't a mistake? whatever people choose,be it pc,ps3,x360,wii or old cellphone with Snake game only- it is their choice.but writing things like "sony is doomed" in capslock and without interpunction is not selling your point of view very well.

A-Glorious-Dawn1778d ago

Don't buy one then and don't look at Sony news?

seriously I am endlessly confused by people like you.

Just_The_Truth1778d ago

If you've ever played GOW or GT you'd understand the Appel. Sony is always bring out new IPs like the Last of Us for example IMO they aren't boring at all. Look at N they've used the same characters since I can remember and Microsoft relies on Halo, Gears and Fable. If you consider Sony boring what do you think about the other companies?

profgerbik1779d ago

PS4 is going to be beast.

profgerbik1779d ago

Guessing Wii U fans didn't enjoy that comment? Lol.. Have fun with it while it lasts.. That is all I will say.

LX-General-Kaos1779d ago (Edited 1779d ago )

But the developers enjoyed it. That's all I will say.

vallencer1779d ago

I'm not sure why you would bring Wii U anywhere in this?? Just because people disagreed with him?? It could be people who are Wii U fans or it could be people who are 360 fans or hell it could be people who just straight up disagree. Stop trolling.

Kurt Russell1779d ago

That or people disagreed with you because the fucking thing doesn't exist?

M-M1779d ago

Is your Dreamcast enjoying that Wii stand?

metroid321779d ago (Edited 1779d ago )

It wont be because even sony know that when a DX11 capable console in the wiiu has an install base of 25 million by the time ps4 hits if they were to put too much power in the ps4 it would only turn developers away as the wiiu has proper next gen hardware Shader model 5.0 compared to 3.0 on ps3/DX11/opengl4.1 compared to dx9 on ps3 obviously were talking comparable as DX in microsofts did you know the 360 was meant to be called the Directxbox,anyway in terms of graphics the wiiu is the best you will see 1080p with a gpgpu that can basically handle the newest tech out there makes making your console more powerful not worth it as graphics will be all the same ?????? Wishful thinking is what your doing,Look no 1 wants to develop on vita as its only got 2 million worldwide sales and if sony make a DX12 comparable console it will cost alot and the difference in dx11/dx12 is minimal at best and if ps4 was to sell the same as vita its curtains for Sony.

Oh 1 of the most talented poeple at Naughty dog is at Retro studios now i think retro studios will be the best 2nd party studio next gen :)

SkullBlade1691779d ago

DX11 is null. It's a console that doesn't run Windows at all. Even if it has a DirectX 11 Capable GPU, it won't be able to use it. :P

It will have to use OpenGL or some other system...

dafegamer1778d ago

gosh stop commenting im losing brain cells

A-Glorious-Dawn1778d ago

I'm pretty sure that you don't actually know what DX11 does...

Alcohog1778d ago

We can only pray that this is a joke post.

tee_bag2421778d ago (Edited 1778d ago )

I'm not meant to say this but...
You need a good b!tch slap.
Firstly, you have no idea what your talking about. Secondly,you make no sense by not using punctuation. Thirdly, see my first point..

I thought you were joking but I looked at your other posts

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BitbyDeath1779d ago

Lookin forward to it's release next year.

Persistantthug1779d ago

2012 is virtually over and 2013 is almost here.

holiday 2014 is a possibility though.

stevenhiggster1779d ago

I'm gonna say E3 2013 reveal, on sale March 2014.