And on it rumbles. In response to the geeksplosion of anger towards Sony for the whole LittleBigPlanet debacle, Phil Harrison, head of Atari, has spoken out in their defense. Harrison, who is the former President of Sony Worldwide Studios and a big talker-upper of LBP in its early days, said that Sony’s recall was absolutely the right decision and may even boost sales.
Speaking to GamesIndustry, Harrison said, “I wasn’t privy to all of the discussions and debate that went on within Sony, but I know they would have thought very deeply about it, and at the highest level of the company. And on reflection I think it was absolutely the right thing to do, because LittleBigPlanet set out from day one to be a game for the entire world – and if there was anything that accidentally detracted from that vision and made the game not fun for the entire world, then the game would have fundamentally failed in its mission.
“So I think Sony took absolutely the right decision – painful though it was, and frustrating though it might be for gamers who were looking forward to it. It only seems to have heightened the anticipation, so I think it’ll end up being a win, and full credit to Media Molecule for turning around a fix as quickly as they did.”
People are going to be blown away by the game, and while I am obviously sorry for the stumble, I don’t think it will affect the games long-term success one iota.”
Harrison’s comments are pretty much what you would expect from a former Sony employee, but they ring true. The recall of LBP has grabbed the attention of the world and coverage of the game has blown up. It is hard to imagine anything but increased sales as a result.
Meanwhile, in a comfortable chair somewhere in America (full address available at request), a man sits and smiles to himself. His name is Mike Wehner, he already has his copy. And we hate him.