Ready at Dawn, creators of PSP titles like Daxter, God of War: Chains of Olympus and most recently God of War: Ghost of Sparta, have questioned why developers even bother making making games for the PSP anymore. This has nothing to do with the hardware, but with the piracy that plagues Sony’s portable console.
“It’s getting to the point where it doesn’t make sense to make games on it,” said Ready at Dawn’s Ru Weerasuriya in a recent interview with website VG247. We all know that Sony’s handheld isn’t the only platform being punished by the piracy problem – Nintendo’s DS is also affected by rampant piracy. Mr Weerasuriya, a former Blizzard employee, admits that he isn’t as familiar with DS piracy as he is with that of the PSP, but he adds that flash cartridges enable pirates to hack “practically every single game that’s ever come out for it.”
He went on to point out that piracy on the PC is alleviated somewhat by things like online multiplayer and Internet activations. With regards to the PSP, however, Weerasuriya added this:
“It’s a tough call right now to say what’s going to happen to it and where it’s going to go, but it definitely hurts a lot of developers out there who are trying to make great games.”
If you plan to get your hands on Ready at Dawn’s God of War: Ghost of Sparta for your PSP soon, don’t be an asshole about it by going the dirty pirate route. You can read the rest of the interview with Weerasuriya here.