Update: A response has been given by PlayStation spokesman Patrick Seybold: “PlayStation has tremendous momentum coming out of E3, and we are seeing positive growth with more than 350 titles slated to hit across all our platforms, including many anticipated games from our publishing partners. We enjoy healthy business relationships with and greatly value our publishing partners and are working closely with them to deliver the best entertainment experience.”
Original story: Earlier today news reached us about just how unhappy Activision CEO Bobby Kotick is with the PlayStation brand — enough to say the publisher “might have to stop supporting Sony.” That’s the kind of stuff that usually ignites a corporate back and forth but Sony has chosen to, at least for now, remain quiet on the matter, and has instead released a short statement which states they “respect our third-parties’ opinions and their right to express those opinions but we will not be commenting on this story.”
One can always count on a comment from analyst Michael Pachter though, and he doesn’t disappoint.
“Of course Bobby’s bluffing, and good for him,” Pachter says. “I think Bobby’s obviously interested in Sony selling as many PS3s as they possibly can, and he’s not happy with their penetration so far. I think he favours a price cut [true], and would rather see one sooner than later.”
“He’s saying what a lot of people think,” Pachter continued, “which is, ‘We’d really like to see a bigger installed base.’ And, ‘We, Activision, will sell more copies of Modern Warfare 2, and Guitar Hero 5 and DJ Hero if there we more PS3s out there.’ And that’s just true.”