Buzz!, whichever way you look at it, hasn’t really worked on PlayStation 3. A series born last generation has felt increasingly stale through countless iterations that haven’t really pushed the boundaries, despite the PS2 versions being quite fresh in a sea of football games and racing sims.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Relentless co-founder Andrew Eades has explained what went wrong. “I don’t think anyone can be happy with [Buzz! PS3] compared to PS2,” he says. “We weren’t enthralled by its performance and we felt that the market got a bit too much Buzz! too soon on PS3.”
“I’m not going to accuse Sony of anything,” says Eades when asked who was to blame. “Things we wanted to happen didn’t happen, and that’s not Sony’s fault, that’s not Relentless’ fault. A lot of it is down to market conditions. The market changed. We haven’t changed; we’ve always made the kind of games that we’re going to continue making – that’s for sure. The people we make games for don’t own PS3s that much.”
Eurogamer say the studio released 12 Buzz! titles for PS3, and Relentless could lay claim to a number of firsts: user generated content, the first Trophies, the first Facebook connection, but sales were “tough” in 2010.
Relentless are now pursuing other options – their new iPhone game Quiz Climber is in the wings, and Eades has previously stated his affections for Kinect – we’ll see what happens next but it doesn’t look lke there will be any more Buzz! from Relentless.
Will Sony continue to publish Buzz! titles? They could, but as Eades says, “I challenge anyone to be better than [Relentless] at a quiz game and certainly a Buzz! game.”