Ready at Dawn: piracy killing the PSP

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Over on VG247 there’s a fairly in-depth interview with Ru Weerasuriya, who is the Creative Director for Ready at Dawn – possibly the best development studio to grace Sony’s PSP handheld.

They’re the team behind the critically acclaimed PSP titles like Daxter and God of War: Chains of Olympus. They’re about to release their second God of War PSP title, Ghost of Sparta. It will also be the last PSP game they ever make.

The team behind Ghost of Sparta is proud of the game they’ve created. They believe that they’ve “leveraged 100 percent of [the PSP’s] power” for Kratos’s latest handheld rampage. But they have a gnawing concern in the back of their minds as the title draws ever closer to its release date: “The biggest problem we’re fighting against at the moment is seeing how piracy is going to affect sales on PSP at this point,” Weerasuriya said.

“It’s getting to the point where it doesn’t make sense to make games on it, if the piracy keeps on increasing. It’s a tough call right now to say what’s going to happen to it and where it’s going to go, but it definitely hurts a lot of developers out there who are trying to make great games.”

Whether that’s the reason they’ve dropping development for the PSP, or whether they want to try their hand at larger markets by going multiplatform is up for debate. One thing is certain though, Ready at Dawn is “definitely done” with the PSP.

Source: VG247

Last Updated: October 27, 2010

Miklós Szecsei

I'm a freelance writer who has somehow managed to convince people to pay me to play video games. By day I work a job, but by night and early hours of the morning, I write about video games. The one job provides a living for my family; the other provides a living for my soul. Dramatic, right?

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