Sony Confuses Everyone
The fact that PlayStation 3 games The Getaway (above) and Eight Days were canceled isn’t anything to worry about, says Sony, because – wouldn’t you know it – they never actually existed in the first place.
“Starting and canceling projects is just a normal part of our business,” new Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida told GamesIndustry.biz. “What’s unusual about this game is that… company management decided to show it as an example, as a demo, not necessarily meaning that they were titles to come. It could have been a little bit confusing because there were lots of announcements of actual titles, but because of timing we made the unusual decision to announce those two at a very early stage of development.”
According to Wired who were at the press conference from which the trailers for these two games were shown, and at absolutely no time was there any indication that they were watching concept demos for games and not “announcements of actual titles.”
I do understand that Sony’s E3 2006 press conference was quite light on good games and therefore they needed to show some really early projects to spice it up, and for that reason these cancellations are probably just business as usual. But there is no way that we were supposed to believe at that time that Getaway and Eight Days weren’t really part of the lineup. [wired]