On April Fool's Day, a press release went out to the press that announced Syberia 3 , so of course, everyone just figured it was a prank. But as Emmanuel Olivier, President of Microids, reveals at GamesIndustry.biz , it's the real deal.
It's definitely coming to the PC – that much isn't a joke – but they also have their sights set on the PlayStation 3. The only problem is, it appears that Sony turned up their noses to Microids several years back, when they refused to release Syberia 2 on the PS2 in the U.S. (and also passed on "a dozen other Microids titles"). At the same time, Olivier writes that a multi-platform release of Syberia 3 is essential, which means they really want to strike a deal with Sony to produce this new sequel for the PS3. Olivier cites "exorbitant royalties" demanded by Sony that "seriously hamper the financing ability of independent producers." He goes on to say that Microids has already paid 15 million Euros to Sony in royalties in the past, and unless Sony changes their policies, they can't afford to put Syberia 3 on the PS3. And as he finishes the note:
"SYBERIA 3 on PS3, an April Fool’s? It’s up to SONY!"
Well, we don't see Sony changing its rules for one game, but perhaps if there's enough fan outcry to get this new sequel on the PS3, they can work out some sort of deal. It's not easy out there for smaller developers and publishers, and we can understand how frustrating that can be. Well, we'll have to wait and see what happens…