Andrew House, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, stated in an interview that Sony is “broadly supportive” of “making online portions of the game available or unlocked from the disc-based release for a fee.”
Don’t pull out the used game sales either. The argument is ridiculous. To clarify, a person buys a game new and signs on to play multiplayer. They don’t like it, and resell it. A person then buys that game used, and signs on. That’s still only one person playing on the server, not two. How is money suddenly flying out the door?
Game companies put themselves here. They are the ones who chose to raise prices this generation to compensate for their bloated budgets. They are the ones who still don’t understand that non-stop DLC is off-putting. They are the ones who can’t figure out how to co-exist with used sales like every other industry on the planet.
In the end, it’s just far easier to screw the consumer in a sluggish economy, the people you know “down here” who may have finally wised up and realized paying $60 for an incomplete game probably isn’t worth it anymore, especially with other entertainment options out there.
House was specifically discussing MLB: The Show, a simply fantastic sports title, arguably the best simulation on the market. Now, it’s turning into a farce along with every EA Sports and THQ title, something else that unfortunately must be looked at negatively for something that is no fault of the developers.
And wait, isn’t the benefit of PSN that’s it’s free to play online? So much for that.