Sony Axes The Getaway, Eight Days
In this day and age, you gots to get your priorities straight. But even though we know there must be some casualties when striving to reach gaming nirvana, this is still sad news.
According to GamesIndustry.biz, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has announced that it has halted production on two upcoming PlayStation 3 titles in development at Sony's London Studio: The Getaway and Eight Days. The Guardian reported a few weeks ago that The Getaway had entered the "full production" phase, which means this decision to stop the process is very recent. Here's the official word from SCEE:
"It has been agreed that production of both Eight Days and The Getaway will cease immediately due to the redistribution of resources and budget. This decision was made following an internal review of all games and it was deemed that with the incredibly strong list of exclusive first party titles coming up both this year and in the near future, resource should be reallocated to enhance those projects closer to completion."
As a side note, this move comes hot on the heels of former SCEE boss Phil Harrison's departure (Shuhei Yoshida is now in charge), so that may have something to do with this. Harrison, if you didn't already know, has moved on to become president of Atari. As for these two casualties, we first saw Eight Days at E3 2006, and of course, The Getaway has seemingly been around forever; since E3 2005, in fact. It was responsible for some of the first amazing images gamers ever saw of a PlayStation 3 game, but the concept just never became a reality. Oh well, like the statement says, there are plenty of other first-party Sony titles to look forward to.
Related Game(s): The Getaway, Eight Days
6/4/2008 Ben Dutka