But we have to ask - will the recession kill game developers? We know that Sony - like so many big companies - is cutting, cutting, cutting!
But for those of us who own a PSP we are more concerned with how the game developers and produces will fare in these tough times. Square Enix - who just released Star Oceans: Second Evolution (trailer below) have this to say:
In the increasingly consolidated video game industry, Square Enix has been implementing strategic initiatives to expand its product lineup and strengthen its presence as a global game publisher. ….
The global video game market is expected to maintain sustainable growth thanks to geographical expansion and diversification of customer base,” said Yoichi Wada, president and representative director of Square Enix.
So, if you are a fan of the Square Enix PSP games (Final Fantasy series, Kingdom Hearts, Valkyrie Profile and, of course, the Star Oceans series, etc) you will be pleased - as it looks like Square Enix is set to survive the recession! But we doubt that all game developers are going to make it through - especially some of the smaller developers! ]
In 2008, for example, some 66 separate companies developed games that were published for PSP. Thats a lot of companies competing for our game bucks! Time will tell whether some of these get acquired by the bigger developers - or just disappear as the recession progresses!
In the meantime, 90 games are supposed to be released in 2009 (IGN)! But only 20 are scheduled for release before the end of May and the rest do not have definite dates with 60% in the TBA category. Don’t be surprised if there are more than the usual “delays” in the release times for these games.
Anyhoo…you can check out Square Enix’s latest game released for PSP: StarOcean Second Evolution in our trailer: