Sony Worldwide Studios’ No Good, Very Bad Month

IGN-Obviously, more announcements are coming – E3 is right around the corner, after all – but it’s safe to say that 2014’s release schedule moving forward is bleak.

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GusHasGas1243d ago (Edited 1243d ago )

(Somewhat off topic): Anyone else been getting the impression that Colin Moriarty's been acting like a bit of an Xbox lover recently?

fr0sty1242d ago

What a terrible article. Let's start with this:

"Indies and third party devs are all well and good -- PS4 has their support in huge numbers -- but these fully-owned studios helped give PlayStation 3 in particular an identity of its own, resuscitating the console with a ton of quality exclusive games. To succeed in the long term, PS4 will need the same treatment."

1. Indies have put out some of the best games on the PS4, and not all of those are $5 mini-games or casual experiences either. To downplay Sony's focus on them isn't exactly smart.

2. A comparison to PS3 is drawn... when PS3 only had one AAA first party game available at this point in its life... Motorstom (Resistance was a third party exclusive.). PS3 already has Infamous, Killzone, Knack, and we already know of 3 more coming up this year and we haven't even made it to E3 yet. More announcements usually come in April as well as E3 approaches. Sounds like premature panic to me.

The author then fills the rest of the article with FUD about the recent round of layoffs and high profile devs leaving. Yes, it is unusual to see that many people leave all at once, but we don't know what state their games were in or what kind of creative differences were going on... Using their departure to signify that Sony is in some kind of trouble when the author has no idea why they even left or were fired to begin with is pretty unprofessional. For all we know, the games they were making could have been crap. If I'm funding a $60 million game that turns out to be crap, I'd fire them too.

Eonjay1242d ago

It is a bit exaggerated though. Sony has put out Killzone, Knack, Infamous, with MLB, The Order, Uncharted, Driveclub and now TLOU coming this year alone. This is in addition to the Sony's XDev studio which is put out other titles including Resogun. This year SWWS will be putting out more content than any other studio. By a long shot.

kenshiro1001242d ago

I don't know why you're getting disagrees frosty because that was pretty logical to begin with. We don't know why these people left at all and no one to be assuming things either.

Thehyph1242d ago

The guy in Megaton works for IGN?

In all seriousness, Colin is the only video games journalist who always seems to hit the same feelings as me about a game when he reviews it. He's also well spoken and well written.

He also has volumes of walkthroughs and guides to his credit. This guy probably has more experience writing on video games than anyone else his age.

Akuma071242d ago

He has been very anti Sony lately. The biggest problem with it is that most of his anti Sony articles read like total crap, like they sound really really stupid.

Like his article about how The Order looked very bad.

imt5581242d ago (Edited 1242d ago )

Pretty stupid article.
DemonNite, one of the Sony's employee (probably from Santa Monica ) said this yesterday :

Yesterday Sony Computer Entertainment Europe confirmed layoffs at Evolution Studios, Guerrilla Cambridge and SCE London Studio, and many wondered about the reasons for such a move. Today NeoGAF member DemonNite, who is known to be a developer at Sony and in touch with the situation, gave a bit more insight on it.
Another user expressed what he feels about the layoffs:

"I think all these layoffs prove one thing, that there was a lot of bloat within Sony WWS. They need to become a well oiled machine for this gen and I suppose the layoffs are part of the process to achieve that goal. Sony have been synonymous with over-promising and under-delivering in the PS3 era. They can’t afford to repeat that this gen, so they need fine tune every studio for the better. I hope those affected can get back on their feet too."

Interestingly enough DemonNite confirmed:
"And this is exactly what is happening to one of those studios affected."

He also had something to say about the chance for Sony’s Project Morpheus to support PC now that Oculus Rift has been purchased by Facebook. While he doesn’t know if PC support will come or not, he did confirm that first party games will remain PS4 exclusive.
"I think it would be a cool move (I don’t know if they will or not)."

Exclusive “first party” VR software though will always stay on PS4 obviously, which I think could be a game changer.
That also indirectly confirms that Sony’s first parties are indeed going to work on actual games for Morpheus, and not just demos like we’ve seen so far leaving the bulk of development in the hands of indie studios.
One thing is for sure: while it’s definitely painful to see developers lose their job, the waves of layoffs that hit Sony’s studios do seem to mean that the company is looking into fine tuning its development pipeline into a well oiled, agile machine. We’ll have to wait and see the results in the next year or so.

andibandit1242d ago

Ok just let me get this straight, Sony is bloated so the thinking goes something like this:

hmm, lets fire some people to trim the fat, and then while were at it, lets do VR....

redwin1242d ago

I said it once and I'm saying it again, western developers have s job when the Xbox gives Sony a run for their money. When know they have the upper hand they go mostly Japanese . I like both kind of games, let's see what happens. MS is hiring and Sony is firing .

Silly Mammo1242d ago

I can see Sony consolidating and trimming the bloat due to having studios that were working on PS3 and PS4 games. As there's less emphasis on the PS3, a lot of positions become redundant.

I wonder if the same thing happened with the PS2 to PS3 transition but it wasn't reported as news back then?

AceBlazer131242d ago

Let's not forget Sony just came out of a fantastic year with the ps3. I guarantee if they abandoned the ps3 2 years ago like the competitors, the ps4 would be damn near perfect. Can you imagine if ni no kuni, pupeteer,tlou,beyond 2 souls and gt7 were scrapped for ps3 and had to be made for ps4?

DarthZoolu1242d ago

I was trying to figure out how people say X1 isn't for gaming because every game I own is an exclusive. Forza, Ryse, DR3, Project Spark, Titanfall, and Killer Instinct are the games I have played the most since November and every single one of these games his hella fun, and there are still more AAA exclusives coming this year. I am constantly playing and having a great time and all my homies are playing what I'm playing. PS4 guys what are yall playing? Killzone and Second Son, I'm sure they are both fun but I would rather play the X1 games.


As many here suspected, PS3 development was not just harder, it took longer than usual, trying to fight that Sony created bloated studios. This suspicion about bloated studios was yesterday confirmed by DemoNite on NeoGaf.

It's no rocket science to figure this one out really... Starting around the second year on PS3 life, as many of you must remember, Sony went on hiring spree (studios like Naughty Dog and SSM more than doubled its army of employees), acquired some studios too. But the thing is PS3 projects not necessarily meet the standards they expected just by having bigger teams, in fact this was perceived by some as worse than how it was before (specially within the studios themselves), it created some kind of bureaucracy in the process (Zipper and the mess that became Socom 4 development was the most obvious example).

It's no surprise that, with PS4 being much easier to develop for and they being under restructuring (efficiency is the goal), they would eventually start trimming that fat, go back to mid sized studios, try to keep the very talented people more or less autonomous as to also maintain the freedom Sony was always known to allow its studios (not so easy with huge studios without stuff getting out of hand).

IGN is, once again, just grasping at straws, had they reached to Sony before writing this non-sense they probably could had got it right... I mean, what's the point of being a big gaming media outlet if you're going to just rumble about the crap that goes through your mind? Use your damn contacts.

Dee_911242d ago

even though most of what he is saying is pure speculation and assumption, he still has a point.

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BluP1243d ago

I thought I was the only one who noticed that Colin is pulling a "Sessler". But I only have 2 bubbles, so I didn't want to get marked for trolling.

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MrSwankSinatra1243d ago

Colin Moriarty is far from a Xbox lover, your just mad that somebody is criticizing sony for their missteps. contrary to what you might believe gaming doesn't revolve around this whole Xbox Vs PlayStation debate.

asmith23061242d ago

What missteps? I'm failing to see missteps by Sony here. Moriarty even fuds his own article when, after walls of text, he says "What does all of this mean? Frankly, it’s unclear.". So basically, pure rumor and speculation.

LexHazard791242d ago

Well said well said...bubble for you!

jcnba281242d ago (Edited 1242d ago )

Well said, Colin Moriarty is the real Sony fan here, he's not a blind fanboy like the majority of people on this site.

Thehyph1242d ago

I agree with swank.

Also, look how many comments there are here which seem to have no idea an editorial is.

warczar1242d ago (Edited 1242d ago )

missteps? In the corporate world layoffs are known as PROGRESS. In all seriousness, I can't believe Sony hasn't been criticized more on the PS4, it can't play a movie file, it can't be used as a media server, hell it can't even play a simple CD. I know it's just supposed to play games but it's inferior in many way's when compared to last gen hardware.

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RiPPn1242d ago

I'm more disappointed that Colin Moriarty has a job, the guy sucks, in fact the IGN beyond team as a whole is pretty much garbage. Everything from the lame forced "beyond" they yell expecting the audience to yell it back to how they come off acting like they are bigger stars than they are. smh

tiremfej1242d ago (Edited 1242d ago )

I stopped reading IGN years ago when they started copying and pasting reviews for different platforms. Pure laziness.

Negatives? Read is the truth.

Lilrizky1242d ago

You obviously don't listen to Podcast Beyond.

The dude does not play Xbox at all and he doesn't like their exclusives that much. He gave Last of us a 10/10 and he loves his Vita to death. He's also a really high trophy level. So no, he's just reporting what he thinks.

ruefrak1242d ago

I listen to Podcast Beyond, but it's tough. Somewhere between Colin's talk of the Jets/ The Islanders and Greg's obsession with his own celebrity, they manage to talk about PlayStation for a few minutes.

But no, Colin does not have any love for the Xbox.

Conzul1242d ago

Hell will freeze over before Colin stops being a PS fanboy. It is the job, though, of a critic, to make critical observations.

iamnsuperman1242d ago (Edited 1242d ago )

No, he is fairly positive on the Beyond Podcast. What this article really is, is a misunderstanding and IGN pandering to their audience (these kind of articles always appear on IGN which stirs up their comment section). Like fr0sty (+bubs for that) said we ave no idea why these people are leaving nor why the lay offs are happing. It actually happened with the PS3 launch as well and some games were cancelled then as well. I honestly see this as Sony becoming more streamlined. There approach with the PS3 was different to what it is with the PS4. PS3 was essentially shove anything out there when done. Now it seems Sony wants to stagger their launches. These means they may not need so many people in their studios. They have got quite a lot with some doing noticeably very litte

Games_R_Us1242d ago

Maybe if you looked around, there's a lot to play on Xbox One mate, as opposed to PS4.

No need for lists readers, we know what the games are, just more to play on X1.

PrinceOfAllSaiyans1242d ago (Edited 1242d ago )

"Thers a lot to play on Xbox One mate, as opposed to PS4."

Lmao when I'm fact PS4 has more games. You Xbox famboys are funny. Titanfall doesn't count as 100 games. In fact both the PS4 and bone have nothing to play other than InFamous and Titanfail.

In May there is MLB 14 The Show, Wolfenstien, and Watch Dogs. And Mario Kart 8 for Wii U and Kirby Triple Deluxe for 3DS. Its great to be a PlayStation and Nintendo gamer. Talk about variety.

liquidhalos1242d ago

thats completely off topic and No, id just say the dudes being honest

360ICE1242d ago

Also somewhat off-topic, but has anyone else been getting the impression that a lot of N4G'ers have a need to pretend that everyone takes part in the Xbox/PlayStation fanboy war?

Or do most senior journalists somehow prefer an entertainment box so much to another that they're willing to risk their integrity to write disfavourable of the other box?

Because that last option sounds insane.

creatchee1242d ago

Kinda. The fanboy philosophy is that if you say anything bad or criticize my console of choice (whether said criticism is justified or not), then you are obviously a fanboy of the rival product or have been bought or are just a really stupid person who lacks sound decision making skills.

I laugh quite heartily when I see (especially on here) people go on diatribes about how biased somebody is because they criticize or question anything about their favorite. I've seen Sony on Sony, MS on MS, and even Nintendo on Nintendo verbal fanboy violence that came just because of a few words that were true.