Ready at Dawn officially finished with PSP development

Developer behind highest-rated PSP title sends devkits back, moves to new formats

Ready at Dawn, the US developer behind two of the biggest releases on Sony's handheld, has confirmed it will no longer be making games for the PSP.

The studio was responsible for God of War: Chains of Olympus, a title that was honoured with the release of a limited edition PSP in the US. The game is also the highest-rated PSP title according to Metacritic, with an average score of 91 per cent.

Daxter, the studio's first PSP title released in 2006, had sold over two million copies by February this year, helped by being bundled with the ceramic white PSP in Europe and the silver SKU in the US, and later re-released as part of the Greatest Hits range.

"With Chains of Olympus going gold in Japan, we're now officially done with PSP development," said the company.

"Today we sent all out devkits back and seeing all these boxes ready to be picked up definitely marks the end of an era here at Ready at Dawn," the company said in a recent blog post.

Ready at Dawn first mentioned it wouldn't be making any more PSP titles in March.

As a start-up studio, it was a developer keen to sing the praises of Sony's handheld, with president Didier Malenfant criticising other developers for making excuses for inferior games.

"Everything is compromised, and it bugs the hell out of me when you hear a lot of developers saying, 'Well, we can't do this that way because it's a handheld game,' or 'We can't do this because it doesn't have a second analog stick,'" he told in March, 2006.

But the future of Sony's handheld console looks shaky. In a recent interview, Rob Cooper of Ubisoft said that Sony currently lacks direction with its PSP strategy, although he was also keen to point out that the handheld is still a viable format, with the publisher stating it has 10 PSP titles scheduled for release this fiscal year.

Sony Europe's president David Reeves also recently admitted that the format lacks new titles in Europe and the US, where the company is introducing new applications such as the Go! Explore sat-nav application.

However, sales in Japan continue to outperform its rivals in the region. Last week alone the console sold 71,896 units, helped by new PSP releases from Konami and Marvelous Entertainment.

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