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Hudson: PS3 Development Too Pricey

"You need to spend money to make money." That's an old adage that is ringing true for some developers who invest in making PlayStation 3 software, but for smaller developers, they simply don't have the money to spend.

Hudson, makers of the long-running and esteemed Bomberman franchise, have told Yahoo Japan that they won't be making games for Sony's next-gen machine because the development costs are just too high. President Michihiro Ishizuka ruled out any possibility of creating games for the PS3, and those who know Hudson's history probably won't be surprised, and some would suggest they stick with handheld games at this point. However, the developer/publisher has produced titles for the Xbox 360 (Bomberman Act: Zero and Fuzion Frenzy 2), and they also continue to work with the Wii and DS. These games don't have a GTAIV or MGS4 budget, of course, and Hudson isn't exactly EA. But that doesn't mean they can't make quality games; it simply means the PS3 isn't the right platform for them.

And besides, there is such a thing as the PlayStation Store and Network. Nothing is saying they couldn't whip out a classic 2D Bomberman and toss it up for a few bucks as a downloadable title, right? In fact, we think that's a great idea, and Ishizuka did say the PSN is "attractive in the business sense." So there you have it- developing for the PS3 can be very risky and very pricey, and it's just not worth it for some of the smaller developers, but there are always other options.

7/5/2008 Ben Dutka

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Deleted User []
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 10:53:56 AM
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That's kind of good because only the big name developers can make games for the PS3. Translation: We won't see cooking mama or ninjabread man for PS3.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 6:18:33 PM

What? No cooking mama? Damn you Hudson! DAMN YOU!

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Vysey
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 6:37:20 PM

lol to above :P ^_^

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Jordahn
Sunday, July 06, 2008 @ 11:09:23 PM

@matrixkurt

Your statement is not one of a gamer and at the best of an elitist. A console needs games of all types to attract the largest userbase while giving gamers choices because of a variety of tastes. Any of you who thinks that all the PS3 needs are the "big name developers," are only making excuses and are in denial. The PS3 and any console needs games of all sorts to make it appealing to all gamers, casual and hardcore. Why was the PS2 so successful? It not only had the "big name developers" but the smaller ones as well along with lesser known titles from both big and small name developers.

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Bugzbunny109
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 11:15:11 AM
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I wish that they made a Crash bandicoot for ps3, The series was the best and I am still a crash fan.

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Reccaman18
Sunday, July 06, 2008 @ 1:27:18 AM

that was Naughty dog. But I want to see Jak and daxter on PS3. That'd be the shizznit!

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Bugzbunny109
Sunday, July 06, 2008 @ 12:10:14 PM

I know that it was naughty dog and there is a jak and daxter coming to ps3, its call lost frontier.

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Mista
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 12:19:26 PM
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Hudson hasn't made a decent game since the re-release of Bomberman on Live arcade... Just give the PSN that and stick to make crappy games on the DS that little kids under 13 wanna play. I'd even take a newer non crappy remake on the PSP. And when I say crappy remake here's looking at you Bomberman Zero!

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fatchad420
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 12:22:29 PM
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It's kind of sad to see small time dev's leaning away from PS3 development. One of my favorite things to do last gen was to go search around a video game store and pick out a cheap no name game and see how it played. Sometimes i would find a gem in the bunch which was a great surprise. It's actually how i found Ico (before i got huge because of Shadow of The Colossus.)

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jerocarson
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 8:57:29 PM
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who give a shit? huh? me? nah........
i need syphon filter and dino crises.......
over and out

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Xanavi23
Saturday, July 05, 2008 @ 9:46:15 PM
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HAHAHAHAHHA....Like anybody gives a crap...what "HUDSON" thinks hahahaha....come on man, i used to love Classic bomberman, still kind do. However...Hudson is a one-trick pony, and hell, that trick(bomberman) wasnt even that GREAT or Epic like other games. Of course developing on PS3 is too expensive...when you're a low-life company who has no money.
Yea....im gonna cry myself to sleep tonight over not having Hudson sign on....losers lol.

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Reccaman18
Sunday, July 06, 2008 @ 1:25:59 AM
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didnt they also make Bloody Roar? I liked that game okay. Then again I never really like anything else they made that much, either. You would think they'd have at least some money to show for all the friggen Bomberman games we were given. Maybe they could try something new? Like a brand new idea and just release it on the PS network. Now that I think about it, didnt sony just get through lowering the price for developing games so small devs could get in a lot easier?

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skoda
Sunday, July 06, 2008 @ 2:23:28 AM
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ok i agree with most hudson not a GREAT developer Point in case Friggin bomber man zero... But lets take a look for a second y did the psx and ps2 last for so many years killing Saturn,Dreamcast,64,xbox because developers favored sony. If they start leaning away the 360 and wii are just going to gain more ground Sure the ps3 has a handle full of awesome games but those will only stretch so far.

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AscientDire
Sunday, July 06, 2008 @ 8:53:53 AM
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I was literally having this conversation with my friend yesterday. We were talking about how the production costs of games have skyrocketed in recent years which can cause upstart dev. companies to be excluded from making possibly really good games. A majority of games coming out now are either established franchises or at least from devs or producers that have the past success to make the financial contribution to make such games. It's important to remember that even EA and their like were a lot smaller at one point. It's just kinda sad that we might be missing some really good new IP's because of this. I understand that it takes more time and money as technology progresses to make a game, and I'll definitely be buying a lot of the new games coming out, this is just something I have noticed in the past few years...that's all, lol.

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Deleted User
Sunday, July 06, 2008 @ 11:56:40 AM

nerd

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Bugzbunny109
Sunday, July 06, 2008 @ 12:13:39 PM

supernerd. lol just kidding

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Xanavi23
Sunday, July 06, 2008 @ 10:01:14 PM

I'll give you that, its always good to have fresh blood in any business. from our perspective.

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creepypete
Sunday, July 06, 2008 @ 10:22:42 PM
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He is absolutely right. All of the smaller developers are going to favor the Wii and the 360. You aren't gonna see any smaller gems n the PS3, just big overblown blockbusters, which are okay, but remember a lot of those big over blown blockbusters started pretty small, and they will be starting on the Wii and the 360 from now on.. . . At least the PS3 is getting Vampire Rain, . . there's a great smaller game for ya.

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