God of War dev: Almost no sense in keeping games on PSP

God of War: Ghost of Sparta creative director Ru Weerasuriya has lashed out at PSP pirates, emphasizing just how much they’re hurting developers to the point where it almost makes no sense to continue putting games on the system. 

“I’m not very familiar with how it is on the DS, but on the PSP it’s pretty rampant now all around the world,” he says. “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.

“… You can go to Hong Kong and get one cart for the DS with practically every single game that’s ever come out for it. It’s pretty scary to think that it’s got to this extent.”

I’ve never judged people for the occasional pirated game, but the wholesale parasitism that goes on in the handheld arena really has become quite disturbing. Developers can sometimes blame piracy for their problems a little too much, but in this case, it’s hardly surprising that developers want to stick to putting crappy “casual” games on the DS. At least the soccer moms can’t work an R4 cart. 

Interview [VG247]

God of War: Ghost of Sparta creative director Ru Weerasuriya has lashed out at PSP pirates, emphasizing just how much they’re hurting developers to the point where it almost makes no sense to continue putting games on the system. 

“I’m not very familiar with how it is on the DS, but on the PSP it’s pretty rampant now all around the world,” he says. “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.

“… You can go to Hong Kong and get one cart for the DS with practically every single game that’s ever come out for it. It’s pretty scary to think that it’s got to this extent.”

I’ve never judged people for the occasional pirated game, but the wholesale parasitism that goes on in the handheld arena really has become quite disturbing. Developers can sometimes blame piracy for their problems a little too much, but in this case, it’s hardly surprising that developers want to stick to putting crappy “casual” games on the DS. At least the soccer moms can’t work an R4 cart. 

Interview [VG247]

Jim Sterling