In an interview with Eurogamer at the Leipzig Games Convention, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe President David Reeves said the company has no plans to cut PlayStation 3 prices or announce new games.
Things are apparently going so well for the PlayStation 3 in Europe that Sony feels no need to tweak the pricing, but Reeves said the company would “probably” counterbalance that by increasing the number of system bundles available. “We’re not making any pricing announcements at Games Convention at all,” he said. “There’s none. And we don’t have any plans in that regard. We’re really happy with the way that things are going for the PAL business. We really are. It’s on track.”
In line with the company’s recent efforts to avoid annoying customers, Reeves also said Sony wouldn’t be announcing any new games at the Convention, so gamers may stay “focused on five or six games.” Saying the company was trying not to “overload” the customer, he added, “It’s important to get a window so that someone’s played a game and they’re ready for the next one, because they don’t have huge wallets and they can’t go out and buy five games at 59 Euros ($80) all the time. So we’re trying to do pillar titles every month.”
Sony did, however, unveil its partnership with Electronic Arts to produce this year’s FIFA Interactive World Cup, an online FIFA 2008 tournament played over the PlayStation Network. The Interactive World Cup will involve thousands of international players, with the top 32 going to Berlin to play the final match. Prizes include $20,000 and an invite to the FIFA World Player Gala.