Ubisoft Clarifies: We "Strongly Support The PSP"
You may remember last week when Ubisoft's UK managing director Rob Cooper called the PSP "directionless", which sparked much debate. But now, Ubisoft is trying to clarify those statements by saying they still see the PSP as "an important platform in the current videogames market."
According to what a Ubisoft spokesperson told GamesIndustry.biz, the publisher wants to continue to work on the PSP and provide the handheld with more games. "More games," by the way, is something SCEE's David Reeves admitted the PSP needs, but we're seeing more and more quality titles as time goes on. Here's Ubisoft's follow-up statement after the Rob Cooper comments:
"By way of further clarifying some recent statements made in the press, Ubisoft wants to reaffirm that it strongly supports the PSP, which holds a unique place in the market, addressing dedicated gamers and offering unprecedented power in a portable console. We support the PSP with innovative game experiences and plan to publish around 12 PSP games this fiscal year, including titles for some of our top-selling brands."
Media Create puts the total sales number of the PSP at 9.5 million in Japan alone, although it's true the portable system has dwindled a bit in European territories. Perhaps Ubisoft will help to sell more units; Ready at Dawn's God of War: Chains of Olympus certainly pushed some units here in the US, but that developer is moving on. The PSP could use someone to fill that void... 'looks at Ubisoft'
6/10/2008 Ben Dutka