Today’s news roundup sees Analysts predict Sony as top dog for September, Microsoft reveal their Six year plan for the Halo franchise, and Borderlands creator Randy Pitchford condemn Valve.
Analysts Predict Strong September for Sony
Despite a week’s wait until the NPD numbers are revealed, analysts are announcing September was a fantastic month for Sony. Electronic Entertainment Design and Research (EEDAR) predicts the PS3 managed to outsell the competition with 400,000 units sold. The Wii is predicted as the next best with 375,000, then the Xbox 360 managing 370,000.
Analyst Michael Pachter predicts something similar with the PS3 selling 410,000 units, the Wii shifting 375,000, and the 360 moving 370,000. Pachter also predicts Sony may hold on to this lead throughout the rest of the year thanks to its lower price point. [VideoGamer]
Microsoft Reveal Six Year Plan for Halo
Bungie may be gone from Halo, but this hasn’t stopped Microsoft from planning to ram as much of the franchise down our throats as possible for the next six years. 343 Industries creative director Frank O'Connor revealed “We do have a plan that goes out at least six years. Eventually it will become very apparent that there is a plan for the way the canon ties together and the way the comic books and the novels all tie together.” Among these plans are upcoming Halo Reach, the Halo Legends anime, new Halo Evolutions novel, and the Halo: Helljumper and Blood Line comic series.
In regards to the Halo movie, O’Conner claims they’re being “careful to pick the right time and the right partner.” He also hints over the next six years it will be revealed what became of Master Chief after the events of Halo 3. “I think that (his) fate, Cortana's fate and the identity of that giant, dark planet at the ending are probably big mysteries that would be irritating if they were just cliffhangers,” said O’Connor. Bleeding a franchise dry is usually a bad idea, so lets hope Microsoft can pull it off. [USAToday]
Randy Pitchford Reveals His Distrust of Valve
Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford recently shared his view on developers using gaming achievements to boost game sales. Now he appears to be sharing his sage-like wisdom to warn others of the dangers of Valve. Pitchford was asked his thoughts on Steam providing easy digital distribution for many companies and their products. His reply was not so positive. “I'll tell you what. Steam helps. As a guy in this industry though, I don't trust Valve... I, personally, trust Valve. But I'm just saying, honestly, I think a lot of the industry doesn't.”
He believes Steam would provide a better service if it separated itself from Valve. “It would be much better if Steam was its own business. There's so much conflict of interest there that it's horrid. It's actually really, really dangerous for the rest of the industry to allow Valve to win.” He claims the lead Steam maintains in the digital market means “Valve is taking a larger share than it should for the service it's providing. It's exploiting a lot of small guys,” adding “For us big guys, we're going to sell the units and it will be fine.” [MaximumPC]