Maker Of PSN Game Worries About PlayStation Store's Viability

When PlayStation Store returns (reports suggest that will be May 24), PS3 account holders may choose two free games from a list being offered by Sony. One of those is Dead Nation (pictured), and the studio behind it told Edge magazine it's worried what the glut of free games might do to efforts to sell its latest release.

"My biggest concern is whether people will come back to use the system and browse the PlayStation Store," said Ilari Kuittinen, whose Housemarque studio just released Outland on Xbox Live Arcade. When PlayStation Store returns, it'll be there too.

"On top of that, the second issue is that everyone now gets games for free (including our Dead Nation and Super Stardust HD), so people might just play the free games for a while. By the time they are ready to buy something, Outland is maybe old news."

Kuittinen noted that the decision to offer Dead Nation in the PSN "welcome back" package was entirely up to Sony and publisher Ubisoft. Housemarque wasn't involved at all.

Other developers reached by Edge, some anonymous, some on the record, aired concerns about a glut of titles releasing to PSN all at once following the three-week outage, and development time lost due to the inability to test certain gameplay components without PSN access.

Developers Concerned At PSN ReleaseSchedule [Edge]

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    As soon as all is running smoothly Outland will be a must buy as far as I'm concerned. It's one of the main reasons I want the PS store back!

    I still think that sticking cash in everyone's psn wallet is a better way to go - much fairer on the developers.

    Don't worry, Housemarque dudes, for Steengo shall be purchasing the Outlands.

    I'm pretty sure Outland was going to be discounted for PS+ subscribers, and seeing as EVERYONE will be a PS+ member for at least a month, might that not lead to increased sales?

    I think it's fair to say that if the quality of the game is high then sales won't be an issue. In fact some people might play Dead Nation, like it and buy other stuff that studio makes. I've never played Dead nation and it is one of the titles I will be downloading so I just might be one of those people.

    Don't know about you guys, but my wallet is going to hurt when PSN comes back up. A free copy of Dead Nation isn't going to ruin my Outland aspirations, in fact it'd probably do the opposite.

    Could work in their favor.

    I really enjoyed both dead nation and outland, so i'll proberly pick super stardust when psn goes back online.

    This developer really isn't living in the real world. Dead Nation didn't exactly sell that well because a lot of people don't know about it, giving away free copies of it will get people aware that Housemarque isn't a half-bad developer at all and will try out their next game "outland".

    It also doesn't matter if "Outland is maybe old news", as good games don't age, if Outland was perhaps crap then that's another story.

    Ohh i wasn't aware Outland was out/going to be released when PSN comes back up -- ill definitely be buying it once the PS Store is back up.

    Personally i wish Housemarque would better advertise there games and get a bit better supporting the new ones - Super Stardust HD got heaps of support and as a result i was more then happy to buy it and all the add-on's, Dead Nation did not and was released after other zonbie shooters (eg. Burn Zombie Burn). Why not focus more on a brand series for titles like the PixelJunk games, i remember the brand name resulting in PixelJunk Monsters and PixelJunk Eden selling enough copies to cover development expenses on day 1 and it was all because of the brand recognition.

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