Resistance publisher shifting focus, PS4 release doubtful

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There seems to be mixed feelings when it comes to the review of Resistance 3, which seems a shame, as it is a good game when all is said and done – so why are sales so poor? The game has only managed to shift around 274,000 copies, which considering the install base of the PS3 is a little shocking. There are many reasons why things are going wrong, but it is believed that the publisher is shifting its focus – no not to the PS4 either.

There is reason to believe that Sony Computer Entertainment has forgotten about the PlayStation console and are now putting a huge percentage of their effort into the upcoming handheld. Now we are not saying that Sony are abandoning the Resistance franchise, rather just making the Vita launch as big as they possible can – just a shame that the PS3 title has to suffer because of it.

MMGN are a little confused, as they thought that Resistance 3 was meant to receive a huge launch; so how come it is considered to be one of the most shocking videogame launches of all time? These next few months are the busiest when it comes to launches in the gaming market, Battlefield 3 is just around the corner, as is MW3 and Uncharted 3; you would have thought that Sony would have made more of an effort?

Maybe we are reading too much into this, as the Resistance franchise was never the strongest from Sony, but still just over three quarters of a million copies is laughable. The biggest issue for us has to be the lack of marketing, how much have they really pushed the new game? There could be a simple explanation to this, but we cannot help but feel that Resistance is a dying franchise.

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  • Ash

    i will never let it die, it is my favourite game series and as a fan i will purchase every new resistance game there is!

    It is far better than games like COD and gears yet those sell like hotcackes.

  • Ps3

     I don’t know what happened it looked like they were going to market resistance 3 like crazy since they included it in the playstation tv bundle and they made the sharpshooter with playstation move, but then they took it out of the bundle and seem to be pushing the move sharpshooter for the game more than the game. I think its their marketing team’s fault, in all of the commericals and videos ive seen from sony for resistance 3 they just talk about chimerians, and playstation move and barely show the game. Beside the fans of the game no one is gonna know what they are talking about. Not everyone played RFOM since it was an early title and for whatever reason a lot of people didn’t like resistance 2 (i loved it). But when you mention resistance the majority of people will think r2 and since they don’t like it they are not gonna want to buy r3 and the commercials do nothing to change their mind cause it shows nothing of what the game is about. Take the latest commercial ive seen for resistance 3, its kevin butler on a white horse on a film set but in the background looks like resistance 3 and eventually one goliath walks on screen. But what he is talking about is how the chimerians may kill them but they will not take their sharpshooters then a bunch of people raise their hand and they have sharpshooters. There is probably 5 seconds of gameplay showing someone actually using the sharpshooter in the game. Why is he on a white horse? Why is he in a film set? And he is pushing the sharshooter not even the game. I think resistance 3 was good but probably the worst of the 3. I gave r1= 9.3/10, r2= 9.5/10, and r3= 8.8/10, its still great game but not as good as the other two.

    • http://twitter.com/DarthDiggler Rich

      Hey don’t give Insomniac a pass here.  Good Campaign and Crappy Online isn’t exactly sealing your success.

  • http://twitter.com/cell989 Emir E

    i really hope it never dies, i love the series, everything about it, the guns, the story, the chimera, i will always support Resistance, its such a shame too, because this game plays so good

    • http://twitter.com/DarthDiggler Rich

      I agree with you, Resistance really stands out.  It’s got a touch of Survival Horror mixed with great FPS Action.  Insomniac Games really screwed the pooch on their swan song for this game.  It will now go to another developer since IG won’t be making any more PS3 only games.  In the future Developers should realize what it is that is successful about their game before making a good deal of changes.  When R2 was released everyone was saying the Campaign wasn’t all that but the Online was fantastic.  R3 it just seems like they really didn’t care what people thought of the 2nd game.  They kind of scrapped everything for online and provided what feels like a very bare bones experience.

  • Anonymous

    You can say that “it’s the Vita’s fault!” all you want, but the real issue is that Resistance 3 had limited TV advertising around launch on the channels that people that buy games actually watch (Comedy Central, Spike, FX, etc.). Youtube and small media sites were the target of R3–that’s it. You would see Gamestop commercials for Gears 3 a month before release, not to mention the continuous crap-quality Gears 3 commercial (upscaled 480i footage) put on repeat over the summer. Lets not forget that Deus Ex and LA Noire spammed TV and Hulu like no tomorrow, accounting for their great sales which would have been -otherwise- lackluster.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/polk-cherry-tsi400 polk tsi400

    Sony never really promoted resistance that hard. In fact when it comes to marketing sony doesn’t do a whole lot of marketing for their first party titles…they could learn a thing or 2 from microsoft about this.

  • Fauzeem Farhaaz

    I would say R3 is the best of the trilogy. I pre-ordered it and its been great fun. I agree that sony should have done much, much better marketing for it – Dead Island which released around the same time has got nearly as many sales as R3 looking at ps3 sales alone. Considering that R3 is a much better game, it deserved so much better sales. Maybe low sales is a result of the glut of ps3 exclusives this year along with some huge multiplats. Its sad Insomniac arent doing better with the effort they put into this game.

    • http://twitter.com/DarthDiggler Rich

      R3 Campaign is great I know this is spoiling things but the lack of a final boss was an asinine move and really marred a near perfect campaign.

      R3 online is major fail, they adopted COD style controls and COD style lag.  Doesn’t feel like Resistance online at all. R1 = 40 Players, R2 = 60 Players, R3 = 16 Players?, R4 = 4 Players? LOL

      Insomniac should have stuck with making Resistance and not try to bring COD players into the mix with a control scheme they feel comfortable with.  COD players play COD mostly so I don’t see any need to “court” them.  Either they realize it’s a shitty game and try something new or not.  Dev’s got to stop trying to make every game like COD.  Look at what it did to Killzone 3 and I would argue they adopted far less COD features that R3 did.

  • Jhowell371

    They Killed off Nathan, and the DRM BS have people squeamish on it’s purchase. Yes it is DRM folks!

    • http://twitter.com/DarthDiggler Rich

      What DRM?  :-P  Oh you mean not giving away Online to people who benefit Game Stop’s bottom line.  Dude I am glad they do this, too many people are getting a bargain hunter mentality about gaming now and waiting for used sales.  Given video games new or used work the same, it’s no wonder the publishers want to get a piece for them.  After all they are the ones who took all the risk in bringing the game to the market.  But your feebleminded freetardism wouldn’t know the first thing about generating a profit or creating a job.  Anyone else want to comment on this nonsense?

  • Neloanjelo

    Is 274,000 worldwide sales or just North America?

  • datdude

    Hahahahahhaah… every single time a triple a sony title underperforms, some nitwit has an excuse.  Face facts… many of those who bought a ps3 did so when it was the cheapest blu ray player on the market, and a fairly good one at that.  These people don’t play games.  Stop with the excuses.  I own both consoles and actually game on both.  But the 360 sells to gamers almost exclusively, so most multiplats and exclusives do better on that system.  It’s unfortunate because games like uncharted should move more units.

    • master

      Oh, and Gran turismo 5 has sold faster then any 360 game.

    • master

      WRONG, that statement sis totally false and typical of 360 fanboys… WW since 2009 Ps3 has moved more software and has outsold 360 WW in hardware and software in 2011, see vgchartz. PS3 sales are spread over way more quality exclusives, 360 gamers buy 1-2 shooters and thats about it…

    • master

      Umm games like uncharted do move units, try 5 million so far… Again, learn facts before posting. Close to Gears 2 numbers with less time on market..

    • http://twitter.com/DarthDiggler Rich

      Yeah that sort of argument doesn’t fly any more it’s not 2007 and plenty of people are playing on the PS3 as their choice console.  As a matter of fact the PS3 is only behind in America largely because of retards like you.  The PS3 has higher quality exclusives than Xbox 360, don’t believe me then check MetaCritic.

  • datdude

    Hahahahahhaah… every single time a triple a sony title underperforms, some nitwit has an excuse.  Face facts… many of those who bought a ps3 did so when it was the cheapest blu ray player on the market, and a fairly good one at that.  These people don’t play games.  Stop with the excuses.  I own both consoles and actually game on both.  But the 360 sells to gamers almost exclusively, so most multiplats and exclusives do better on that system.  It’s unfortunate because games like uncharted should move more units.

  • datdude

    Hahahahahhaah… every single time a triple a sony title underperforms, some nitwit has an excuse.  Face facts… many of those who bought a ps3 did so when it was the cheapest blu ray player on the market, and a fairly good one at that.  These people don’t play games.  Stop with the excuses.  I own both consoles and actually game on both.  But the 360 sells to gamers almost exclusively, so most multiplats and exclusives do better on that system.  It’s unfortunate because games like uncharted should move more units.

  • http://twitter.com/DarthDiggler Rich

    “There is reason to believe that Sony Computer Entertainment has
    forgotten about the PlayStation console and are now putting a huge
    percentage of their effort into the upcoming handheld. Now we are not
    saying that Sony are abandoning the Resistance franchise, rather just
    making the Vita launch as big as they possible can – just a shame that
    the PS3 title has to suffer because of it.’  That is COMPLETE speculation and Conjecture.  Find me some quotes that say Sony is not focusing on the PS3.  That is just retarded, Sony seems to be able to focus on gaming, home electronics and entertainment all at the same time.  Can you please just report the news and not the bullshit?  Then again bullshit sells well on N4G so integrity be damned!  Web Hits RULE!