Concern for the modern PS3 fan
This is something I've been planning of writing for some time. It refers to the '10 year lifecycle of the PS3' based upon how long the PS2 has been selling retail, still with new games, this is not a PS3 is 'doomed', but this is a worth being concerned over if you have a PS3. It's also about games.
First and second party games have always been a mainstay of the Playstation family, PS3 is no different, sure it has taken a little longer to squeeze the franchises out but never the less, the PS3 now has its own stable of instantly recognisable games and icons.
My concern draws from the past. How long will the good times roll? Currently, we're not even halfway through the PS3s lifecycle, we're not even 5 years into it, we're only officially about 2 years, worldwide into this ten year lifecycle. Now my friends, I bring up the concern.
Most games on Playstation franchises are known to be trilogies, perhaps with a bonus game along the way, so far we've had two Resistance games on PS3, Two Motorstorms, we're almost up to Uncharted 2's release and the final installment in the Ratchet and Clank Future trilogy is almost upon us.
The most concerning details about this is the fact that Naughty Dog and Insomniac are nearly at the supposed end if the franchises are usually intended to be trilogies and these are really Sony's powerhouse industry developers.
Take this; in 1999 the last Naughty Dog developed Crash Bandicoot game was released, 'Crash Team Racing', the official ND platform trilogy ended with one game before being 'Warped' a year after CTR, Insomniac released the final game in the original Spyro trilogy 'Spyro: Year of the Dragon' a year after. Immediatly afterwards the release of CTR, Naughty Dog moved onto developing 'Jak and Daxter' for the PS2, in 2001, the characters Jak and the unfortunate devolved loud mouthed ottsel Daxter was unleashed to the world. Following Jak and Daxter a year later came Insomniac's new franchise 'Ratchet and Clank' followed a year after Naughty Dog released 'Jak 2' then releasing sequels very closely.
Both game action/platform series on the PS2 by Naughty Dog and Insomniac ended in 2005 with 'JakX' and 'Ratchet: Deadlocked/Gladiator'. To suffice, the PS2s library lessened without the excitement of a new platform game every couple of years with only Santa Monica filling the void with 'God of War' and the considered swansong of the PS2, 'God of War II'. Naughty Dog and Insomniac then moved onto the PS3, with Insomniac working on a radically different game codenamed 'I-8' whilst Naughty Dog set upon creating 'Project Big', which both came to be known as 'Resistance' and 'Uncharted' in the time of development of these titles, both developers previous franchises got spin-offs on the PSP by offshoot developer teams with 'Daxter' and 'R&C:Size Matters'.
'Resistance: Fall of man' was released in 2006, the next year Insomniac continued the Ratchet and Clank franchise in 2007 with 'Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction' (a play on words of the successful Gears of War franchise on the 360) 'Uncharted; Drakes Fortune' also was released shortly afterwards a year after a downloadable title of Ratchet and Clank 'Quest for Booty' was released in 2008, and later on, Insomniac also released 'Resistance 2' in the same year.
Now in 2009, this is where the concern stems from, so far in the small lifecycle of the PS3, we have seen, two Motorstorms, two Resistance games, the end of the MGS Solid Snake saga, Killzone's sequel, we're almost up to the second Uncharted game (previously looking at Jak 2 and Jak 3, ND's engine hardly changed, case is, this may happen with Uncharted 3) and we're almost at the end of the 'Future trilogy of Ratchet and Clank, which is sounding as if it could be the last Ratchet and Clank, perhaps, ever. Finally, Kratos is about to leave us concluding with chaos.
My point is, judging from a brief look in the past, Perhaps after a particular bonus game in the Uncharted franchise and the final Resistance 3 which should arrive late 2010, that's two of the biggest PS3 franchises over and possibly the end of Ratchet and Clank as a whole. All I can hope for is that both Naughty Dog and Insomniac remain on PS3 for another good 3 years and pump out a new franchise each instead of developing for about 2 years on the next Playstation hardware otherwise the future of PS3 franchises and exclusive games is going to be dark other than future Infamous sequels and hopefully a new Santa Monica franchise.
Anyway, this is my big concern and I hope the rest of you can obviously see all this concern, fact is, it is my belief, unless something is announced NOW or damn soon, our beloved PS3 franchises are all going to end over 2010 and 2011 just as if it was 2006 all over again on the PS2.