The latest shot in this new console war is Sony
putting a hole right in their foot... well... that would be if they hadn't already shot themselves in the foot about 4 times previously.
On top of the high cost, missing HDMI cable, cut number of units shipped on launch day, and delayed European release, Tony Hawk Project 8, the newest title in the pro skater franchise, will be shipping without online play on the Playstation 3. According to IGN
in their newest article on the game, Nervesoft Entertainment
, the game’s developer, has said that they are “confident the PS3 version of the game will ship at launch in November, but it still hasn't received all of the software libraries and has no indication of how the online components will work on PS3, so it's not offering them.”
This begs the question – Will anyone be supporting online play at launch on the PS3? The recently we’d learned that Xfire was going to be used for Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom, but is the reasoning for this that the official PS3 network architecture / development libraries aren’t going to ready for launch titles?
Half the people who owned a 360 have used Xbox Live last time I checked the numbers. Can Sony really get away with having a launch that doesn’t have a strong online component?