Switch Craft Show Notes 361

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We had originally planned for PC distribution through Steam,” Ys Net said. “In response to backers who have requested Steam keys for their rewards, we discussed offering the keys on the day of release. However, coordination with the sales policies of the involved companies was untenable, and as a result we are not able to make a day one distribution option for Steam keys available.

Shenmue Developer Ys Net

Sony sees Microsoft as its main competitor in the next generation, with Google a potential threat in the mid- to long-term as internet technology advances, one company official said.Nintendo Co. isn’t perceived as a major rival, the person said, because its main users tend to be younger than PlayStation’s core demographic.

PlayStation has been one of the most successful mass-market products of the past quarter-century; the PlayStation 4 alone is expected to pass 100 million units this year. Sony’s latest thinking puts less stress on overall sales numbers and more on the most-profitable segment of the market: the devoted fans who buy big-budget titles, such as Bethesda Softworks LLC’s “Fallout” series and Take-Two Interactive SoftwareInc.’s “Red Dead Redemption.”

A second Sony official said the company believes people buy a videogame console to play graphics-heavy games.

Wall Street Journal

Sony is concentrating its attention on large software publishers as it gets ready for the next PlayStation, according to executives at Sony and software makers. In general, publishers want their games on multiple platforms to maximize sales, while console makers look to make deals for exclusive content or an initial period of exclusive sales.

Some executives at smaller game makers say they have felt snubbed by Sony, in contrast to Nintendo. At the Tokyo Game Show in September, Nintendo is supporting events to showcase independent game developers. Sony used to do the same, but isn’t planning to this year, the first Sony official said.

Sony still welcomes games from independent studios, the first Sony official said, but the emphasis is on strengthening relationships with large publishers since resources are limited. The thinking is, the official said, that people buy a console to play high-quality games available only on that platform, not smaller games also available on smartphones.

Wall Street Journal Via RestERA


Email from Zach

Hey Bill,

I was just listening to your episode talking about how Pokémon Sword and Shield won’t include the National Dex. Now.. I will preface this by saying that this is coming totally from someone who has never played a Pokémon game before; therefore I just don’t “get it.”

The Pokémon Company by no means has to include all of the Pokémon from previous games. However, they could take a page from Nintendo’s playbook. When Smash Ultimate was announced, Nintendo was very transparent about how turning all previous characters into assist trophies would have been too much labor.. therefore they created the Spirit Mode. 

That’s pretty much my point.  Should they show some creativity like their parent-company, the Pokémon Company could very well be avoiding these PR nightmares. 

Cheers, and thank you for what you do. I love your network of shows. 

Zach (ShuBrew)


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