Japanese publishers like PS3 Delay
It’s no surprise that Japanese developers actually appreciate the fact that Sony has unveiled the PS3’s release date. Now they have a target to shoot at and since that target is November they have a little bit of time to polish their offerings.
Konami: “It’s very good that the release period has been clarified. It’s important to release [a console] at the right timing when everything is prepared. We hope that the PS3 will expand progressively [through the market]. In terms of our development schedule, we think that the delay will give us enough time to make sure we deliver better quality in our games.”
Square Enix: “It’s being reported as a ‘delay,’ but the [PS3’s] previously unknown release period has finally become clear, and we are very glad to hear it.”
Capcom: “The hardware’s release period has been set, so we will be throwing in our full effort to develop good games for it.”
Koei: “It will be a major delay, but now that the release date has been decided, we can target it and make work on further quality improvements. We would like to polish up our products so that they will take full advantage of the PS3.”
Bandai: “We are fundamentally receiving [the PS3’s delay announcement] with a favorable view. Titles for the PS3 are currently in development.”
As a software developer myself, I know what a relief it is to hear that the release date has been pushed back. It gives you just that much more time to squash bugs and slip in a feature or two that you couldn’t normally afford. So while for us consumers (especially those in Japan who were expecting a PS3 this spring) it is frustrating that Sony isn’t releasing the PS3 soon, it’s great news for developers.