SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has told EDGE that the platform holder will direct PlayStation Move towards both casual and hardcore gamers. When questioned about Move’s targeted audience, Yoshida explained that they’re developing 50/50 for both the casual and mainstream gamer. He also revealed that Sony has more than 20 teams working on Move.
“The precision of the Move system allows game designers to create games as simulations and games with much more depth than other motion-based game experiences. We are sure that hardcore gamers will appreciate and enjoy the challenge, with a much finer control over how they interact with the game and achieve greater success in those games.
“It was very interesting to hear comments by a certain journalist who tried Sports Champions’ table tennis, who clearly enjoyed playing the game but complained about the lack of perceived one-to-one control at certain times,” he added. “During the GDC event we were showing the game’s entry-level mode, which includes a lot of assists to ensure that everyone who plays the game for the first time can enjoy it. However, we plan to have in the final game a more simulation-based mode, which will allow expert users to really try out their skills. That promises to be a hardcore experience.”
From reading this, it sounds like not only will casual gamers be able to enjoy Move titles, but the difficulty level of even casual-based games will provide a challenge to mainstream gamers that may have expected the games to be too easy. This is one of the largest concerns I had after playing extensively with the Nintendo Wii’s basic Wii Sports offering. While the title was an absolute blast, it started to become far too easy to earn strike after strike in bowling, or deliver great swings in the Golf game as well.
If Sony and its supporting developers can find a way to make these titles challenging to both experienced and casual gamers alike, Move could definitely provide them with a solid alternative to the standard form of gaming that they already use their console for.