SOE Expects PS3 To Represent About "Half Their Business"
By now, Sony Online Entertainment's commitment to the PlayStation 3 should be clear. And in return, they expect more than half of their business to come from that console in the near future.
According to GameDaily, although SOE has always reaped the rewards of MMOs on PCs, they're now shifting their focus to the PS3. They've only sort of toyed around with the PlayStation platform in the past, but now, with huge titles like Free Realms, DC Universe, and The Agency, the PS3 is getting a whole lot of MMO love. SOE President John Smedley is apparently quite enthusiastic about the PS3's massive capability, and told GameDaily.biz that he thinks the "PS3 will be close to half our business." He acknowledges the much larger user base of about 17 million users and he adds, "it's growing so quickly, we see a great user base potential there." He continued:
"I think a lot of the people who play PS3 games right now aren't the same people playing MMOs right now. I think [MMOs on PS3 is] going to bring in a lot of new players. There are certainly people who have consoles and PCs in their house. The difference is what they actively play. PS3 gamers are used to playing Resistance 2 instead of a shooter on the PC. I think we can bring this kind of gaming to this audience and I think it's going to be huge."
For our part, we've never been a big fan of the MMO, but it appears to be evolving with SOE at the helm. Something like The Agency or DC Universe might really intrigue us, and that being the case, there must be millions of PS3 owners out there who are intrigued as well. We're still waiting to hear more on these upcoming titles (and we want more details on MAG, too), and when we do, we'll tell you all about the new info.
1/10/2009 Ben Dutka