Co-founder and Director of Renegade Kid (Mutant Mudds, Dementium), Jools Watsham, had some interesting things to say yesterday. Very recently, the 3DS hacking scene has begun to bear fruit, and people are taking notice. It isn't just excited hackers or those hoping to benefit from them though, as even developers are paying attention. On his personal blog, Watsham shared his opinion about piracy and what it could mean for the company.
"Piracy on the Nintendo DS crippled the DS retail market, especially in Europe. We“ll never know how/if Dementium II landed in as many hands as the first game, Dementium: The Ward, due to the rampant piracy at the time. Dementium: The Ward sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide, which is a great success for an original mature-rated title on the DS. Recorded sales of Dementium II are less than half that. We“ll never truly know why that was so, but many seem to believe that piracy had a lot to do with it.
If piracy gets bad on the 3DS, we will have no choice but to stop supporting the platform with new games."
It would be a huge shame if developers like Renegade Kid and others decided to go this route with the 3DS in the future. For a system to thrive it is dependent on many good game offerings, both from big and small developers. Obviously small developers must be more careful about sales, but it all seems a very tricky situation.
However, at this point, his post seems to focus more on "maybe" than factual evidence as to rates of piracy versus sales. Watsham also doesn't consider the fact that many pirates are young people with very little disposable income, which would not really aid sales anyway. Hopefully the point doesn't come where Renegade Kid choose to abandon the system, but no one could fault them if they did.