Playfish's Tom Sarris.
Playfish game "Gangster City".
Playfish game "Poker Rivals".
Playfish game "Pirates Ahoy!".
As announced earlier this month, social games developer Playfish is in the process of retiring (or 'sunsetting', as Playfish's Tom Sarris says) three of its Facebook games despite roughly 40,000 daily players a piece. In an exclusive interview with News10 Game Guy Barry White, Sarris defends the company's decision.
"We constantly evaluate all of our games during the duration of their life and three games in particular, their player numbers have dropped in such a way that it no longer made sense for us to support them," Sarris explained. "And, as such, we reallocate resources to games that are currently, you know, doing very well and also for games that we are developing for future release."
Players of the three games (Pirates Ahoy!, Gangster City, and Poker Rivals) won't be left with nothing to show for the money they've spent on virtual goods, however. Playfish will be giving those players an opportunity to transfer whatever money they've invested in the 'sunset' games into either the company's other games or into EA's Monopoly Millionaire game in the form of a player's pack.
"All is not lost for players of those games," said Sarris.
As it stands right now, Playfish has no plans to retire any of its other Facebook games.
- Game Guy Barry White firstname.lastname@example.org