In a rather critical interview of Jim Ryan, head of PlayStation Europe, by the Metro newspaper a number of issues are raised including the recent spate of games that have been released in a broken state.
Jim seems to suggest Sony only QA the “Format holder overlay”, which – and I will stress this is conjecture – seems to be PlayStation specific parts of the game – does the rumble work in the correct place, that sort of thing.
“These games are now so big and complex that to test everything,” said Jim, “I’m saying the format holder overlay… if we were to test absolutely everything, it could take months.”
That would explain why Assassin’s Creed managed to pass Sony QA – they were not checking for people crawling up walls and texture pop, just that the game ‘worked’ on PlayStation. However, Jim does acknowledge that there are “conversations between publisher and platform holder that should remain private” about the QA of games.
That does not explain the Driveclub situation, a first party game using Sony servers, that should have worked from day one, all the QA was in house. Jim was asked if is there still going to be the free PlayStation Plus version.
“That’s still being looked at,” he replied, and when asked if he could guarantee that it will ever happen he answered “I can’t say anything at this stage”.
Driveclub was the topic of today’s WeView, why not have a read of that.
UPDATE: Evolution have tweeted that the PS+ version is “still on hold while server development continues.”