EA: Our Home Participation Has "Exceeded Expectations"
If you haven't logged into PlayStation Home in a while, you might be surprised at the number of additions and enhancements. And if you haven't checked out EA's ever-expanding space, you're definitely missing out.
When Home first launched in December of last year, the potential was immediately striking, but it was clear that the service had a long way to go. The good news is that its growth potential was almost unlimited and since that time, publishers have really worked hard to make Home more and more engaging and dynamic. EA is one of those publishers, and EA Sports Senior Producer Rob Burnett says that Home has actually "exceeded" many of their expectations. He elaborated during a recent GamerAccess interview:
"Our participation in Home has exceeded many of our expectations. The poker game in particular has garnered a very loyal following and has generated much more traffic than initially expected. It is because of this that we have continually engaged the community to find out how to make the experience better. It is great to be able to work in a living environment like Home and not be restricted by annual publishing windows for updating the experience.
Our development team for Home spends a much great percentage of their time focused on game play and game tuning, and we are afforded the luxury of handing off environment, rendering, sound, and avatar animation to the Sony Home team. Home will also continue to evolve. The platform is extremely powerful and we are learning new tricks every day to improve the experience in our spaces. The most important aspect of Home is we are learning about how our community wants to interact with each other in this space."
PlayStation Home is one of those services that will continue to grow and expand; in five years time, it will be difficult to even comprehend its relatively meager starting point. Look at what has happened in a span of only 8 months! There is so much more that can be accomplished and it's like a snowball effect; the more publishers contribute and ultimately benefit from the experience, the more other publishers will wish to join the party. The question is, when do you feel like joining the ongoing festivities?
7/31/2009 Ben Dutka