Sony can usually be relied upon to deliver a stunning E3 press conference that lasts roughly an hour longer than it should, yet still packs plenty of exciting announcements. This year, however, we found ourselves drifting off to sleep halfway through the event despite having ingested an irresponsible amount of coffee, once Brian Bendis took to the stage to about something called "Powers" for what felt like three weeks.
This, it turns out, was a "mistake" according to Sony's Shuhei Yoshida.
"We're getting a lot of positive feedback," Yoshida told Gamereactor during an interview at this year's GameLab conference. "We announced many new games, including Little Big Planet 3 and Bloodborne, [which] I'm personally really, really excited about."
"We spent too much time talking about Powers, so we could have made [that] a bit shorter. So that was a mistake."
Sadly, it was. Though we're champing at the Megabyte for the likes of LittleBigPlanet 3 and Uncharted 4, their decision to divert attention away from gaming projects was ill-advised. Sony typically hit Gamescom hard, though, so watch this space.
Plus, it's always nice to see executives responding to feedback, isn't it?
Later in the interview, Yoshida also discussed the lack of focus on Vita games at the show, following an admission that Sony will be creating less major AAA projects for their gorgeous little handheld. "The question I was asked was, 'going forward, [will] the number of first party will be smaller?', and I said 'yes, number of projects will be smaller," Yoshida explained. "I never said 'we won't make any games on PS Vita'."
"We're continuing to make games on PS Vita - we just launched a game called Freedom Wars in Japan, it's a big title dedicated to PS Vita, and if it's received very well in Japan, we'll bring that to Europe and US as well. And we're making that JRPG, a very, very beautiful JRPG called Oreshika as well. And games made in Europe - Murasaki Baby is a dedicated PS Vita title that got many awards at E3. And we're continuing to make cross-platform games like Helldrivers or CounterSpy... many, many games we have in development for PS Vita from first party as well."
Freedom Wars looks fantastic -- an eight-player action RPG with stylised visuals and a futuristic setting -- while Murasaki Baby is just crazy enough to work. Here's hoping for a greater degree of support for the device from both first-and-third-party studios, especially if PlayStation TV reignites interest in the platform.