"Lackluster" sales of the brilliant Nex Machina were the icing on the cake for Finnish developer Housemarque - from here on out it will no longer make arcade games.
Ah, WipEout, the blisteringly fast future racer for PlayStation. No more.
Super Stardust developer Housemarque's recent PS4 opus Resogun was described by many as a modern update to Eugene Jarvis' 1981 arcade game Defender. And now the developer is working with Jarvis himself on its next game.
Resogun's second DLC pack, Defenders, is due on 18th February in Europe, Sony has announced.
UPDATE 5/12/2014 6.30pm: Resogun's upcoming PS4 expansion, Resogun: Defenders, has been officially unveiled.
Housemarque's PlayStation 4 shoot-'em-up Resogun is heading to PlayStation Vita.
PlayStation 4 launch title Resogun has been updated today with a helping of extra content.
The patch introduces local co-op to the game, with scores, multipliers, lives and items shared between players to allow for huge scores.
A ship editor has also been introduced, allowing you to create your own voxel-based vessels. Want to have TIE-Fighters and X-Wings in your game? Now you can.
Resogun is an enigma. It tasks you with many goals - save the last humans, beat the level, keep up your multiplier - but it's not always clear what to focus on to topple the leaderboards. The game itself suggests that the multiplier is your main priority to achieve a high rank, and it is, but that's only scratching the surface.
In the moments before our interview begins proper, Andrew House tells me 2013 has been his most exciting year since joining Sony. If he's being sincere - and, given what happened at E3 this year, he may well be - 2013 should be honoured. House, the communications expert from Wales who rose through the ranks to become boss of all of Sony Computer Entertainment - was at Sony Corp when PlayStation was a mere skunkworks project 23 years ago.
He's seen it all, then, from the pioneering PSone and WipEout to the glory days of PS2 and Gran Turismo, from the tough early days of the hyper-expensive, difficult-to-develop-for PS3 to the euphoria of PS4's unveiling.
Last night, with over 300 fans waiting patiently outside the Covent Garden shop come stage come gaming arcade Sony had constructed to mark the launch of the PS4, PlayStation was buzzing. People walk briskly with clipboards and mics at the ready, setting things up, making preparations, fixing the stage for rapper Tinie Tempah's 11pm show, testing smoke machines...
UPDATE: Astute readers may have noticed Blacklight: Retribution and flOw don't appear anywhere on this list, despite previously having been announced as launch titles and the former being ready for the US PS4 launch a fortnight ago.
Not to worry, dear readers. There is a delay, but it shouldn't be long. "Both flOw and Blacklight have been subject to brief delays," noted SCEE Blog manager (and former Eurogamer US news editor) Fred Dutton in a comment on the PlayStation Blog. "They should be with you next week, but I will 100 per cent confirm the date as soon as possible."
There is a workaround to this for Blacklight, however. You can access Zombie Studios' free-to-play shooter by setting up a US PSN account. Eurogamer YouTube editor Ian Higton has confirmed this and has even uploaded video of him playing onto his Facebook page.
Sony has confirmed its line-up of free titles for PlayStation Plus subscribers in December.
As previously announced, PlayStation 4 owners who also have a Plus sub get free copies of Resogun and Contrast.
But there are also discounts on Trine 2 (20 per cent off until 13th December) and Super Motherload (10 per cent off until the same date).
Sony's three first-party PlayStation 4 launch games were reviewed by much of the gaming press yesterday - and scores have been mixed.
Housemarque's arcade shooter Resogun currently sits on the highest review score average according to Metacritic: 82. Guerrilla Games' technical showcase shooter Killzone Shadow Fall has a 74 Metascore, and Sony Japan Studio's Knack has a Metascore of 59.
While Finnish studio Housemarque will no-doubt be delighted with Resogun's critical acclaim, Guerrilla Games and to a greater extent Sony Japan Studio, alongside Knack director and PS4 system architect Mark Cerny, won't be happy.
Sony has detailed December's bumper selection of free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers.
It'll include the eye-catching indie launch title Resogun, as well as Contrast - previously announced to be free as a replacement for the now-delayed Driveclub.
Both will be available to download from 29th November, the date of the console's launch in Europe.
PlayStation 4 differs from PlayStation 3 in that a Plus subscription is required to game online.
Housemarque, the Finnish developer behind the Super Stardust series and Dead Nation, has announced its upcoming PS4 arcade shooter Resogun.
Touted as a "spiritual successor" to the Stardust series, Resogun tasks players with controlling a ship that cruises around a cylindrical force field protecting a reactor within. Unlike Super Stardust's spherical maps, Resogun's horizontal-only layouts mean the developer can add gravity to the formula. "You actually expect things to fall down, there are ground enemies," explained Housemarque's Mikael Haveri on the PlayStation Blog. "These elements completely change the playfield compared to the Stardust series."
Additionally, you'll be encouraged to free "dudes" surrounded by alien swarms to gain power-ups and shields. There will be co-op multiplayer, too, but Housemarque isn't discussing the details of that just yet.