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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

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RebelExtrm02
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 10:57:28 AM
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This is terrible news. The Getaway was a selling point for me getting PS3. Sandbox games are all I really care for. :(

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Fabi
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 11:28:32 AM
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Yeah sucks. I remember drooling over those damn pics.

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danr
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 12:23:25 PM
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From the quote in there, it seems like it may be worked on more once other games have been released. Once these other games are out, there will be a load of developers waiting to work on projects, like The Getaway maybe. Just maybe.

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Solidgearz
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 3:34:03 PM
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NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ive wanted 8 days since 2 or 3 years ago!! DAM U SONY!1!

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bamf
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 5:20:06 PM
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I bet it really comes down to that they couldn't get The Getaway to look anywhere near that E3 trailer. So they spent all that money only to cancel it? Whats the budget on Killzone 2?

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OtisFeelgood
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 8:26:09 PM
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Damn, that sucks. I was really looking forward to both games. =(

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Ed_Wayne
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 8:50:54 PM
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You can't judge the quality of the games on the short, probably prerendered videos we were shown. I'm sure they had good reason to cancel them. I'm glad I didn't get too excited about either of them. I hate setting myself up for disappointment.

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Qubex
Thursday, June 05, 2008 @ 8:04:04 PM
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Victims of corporate misjudgement in some ways!

Q!

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