|Mr Puggsly said:
I think you misunderstand. 3rd parties dont support Playstation because a good relationship per se. Its also about viability.
Japanese gamers keep buying Playstation consoles because they expect good support. Wii U didnt get great support in Japan because it flopped in general.
However, Switch has sold great so many developers are jumping ship and making something of a prioirty. It didnt happen because a relationship went sour, it just makes sense for them to support Switch.
Now is Sony gonna moneyhat a bunch of Japanese games to fight off Switch? I doubt it but maybe. Is Sony gonna make a bunch of games geared towards Japan? Lol, fuck no! Hence, Sony will mostly hope for the best and I think thats fine.
I never suggested Sony should consider closing Polyphany. In fact, I was confused by the closure of Evolution Sudios given Driveclub sold well and they could get a game out faster than Polyphany.
Are we absolutely certain GTS sold better than any Forza game? I think they only announced player numbers. Individual Forza Horizon games were boasting higher player numbers than GTS, so we can only speculate.
More importantly, Forza had six releases this gen and each did good or great. That would mean Forza likely brought in significantly more revenue. Semi annual releases is also good for a service like Game Pass.
From all we know GTS sold about 6M units so it is higher than FM from what I know. And I'm not comparing to FH (which may have one edition outselling GTS, but we don't really have official numbers for that). This gen FM may have profited more than GTS, but last gen certainly not GT5P sold 5M, GT5 sold 12M and GT6 sold 6M (rounding from memory) that is 23M sales on basically 1,5 game (Prologue used the assets that were being prepared for GT5 and GT6 expanded a little but used most assets from GT5 as well). And sure GTS also received a lot of the assets from GT5 because at that time PD was already making models in anticipation for this gen.
We have had a lot of reports on this site about the confidence of Japanese devs on Playstation (like you see Persona exclusively on PS5, Yakuza was as well for basically the whole gen), devs saying PS4 was reviving the life of console gaming over there, several japanese developed games that made success outside of Japan and were temporary exclusive without any paying from Sony. That I can very much assure isn't Sony just hoping for the best. You don't keep yourself at the top only hoping for the best. Or MS strategy was hoping for the worst and that is why they keep being behind?
Are we certain GTS is at 6 million sales? Maybe it is. As a user of both platforms, GTS hit $20 faster than Forza games generally do as well.
You dont need to feed me all the sales data of GT. I simply pointed out Forza did significantly better this gen because of more frequent releases and the success of Forza Horizon. We agree.
I was not aware GTS had GT5 assets. That just makes it more surprising it took almost a generation to develop.
Persona had side games on Nintendo portables I believe. Persona 5 is the first mainline game moving to another platform outside of Sony, but I could be wrong.
There were some old Yakuza games on Wii U. Newer Yakuza games were already coming to PC, but Xbox support was surprising. Coming to Game Pass is a bonus as well.
Yakuza was a series that stayed exclusive to Japan for a period, maybe even years for some titles. So it made sense to keep it on Playstation while Nintendo platforms were generally too weak for proper ports.
Hasn't PS4 sold less than PS3 in Japan? I fail to see how PS4 is reviving console gaming there. It has seemingly declined, meanwhile Switch took Japan easily.
Is Sony making content or big deals to combat Switch in Japan? Nope. Seems to me they are just hoping for the best... or maybe they dont really care about that market. Both can be true at the same time.
I am not sure why you took at jab at MS, I am just looking at the facts we have.