Future to publish US Official PlayStation Magazine
- Posted October 1st, 2007 at 13:53 EDT by
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It has been a long time since the North American market has seen a Official PlayStation Magazine. All that is about to change as Future will now take the helm as the publishers of the Official PlayStation Magazine in America.
The first issue will be a Holiday 2007 edition which is slated to hit the news stand in late November. The initial circulation will be around 300,000 copies with 13 issues to be published annually.
PlayStation: The Official Magazine will boast news, previews, reviews, interviews, and other content covering the PlayStation brands for the North American territory. All this is made possible because of the magazine’s exclusive connection with Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA). Anyone who remembers Rob Smith from PSM, an independent, unofficial PlayStation magazine, may be glad to hear that he will now be taking the seat as the Editor-In-Chief of the new mag.
"Future US has a strong heritage delivering cutting-edge insight into the industry, and we are looking forward to a long standing relationship to deliver unrivaled exclusive content to PlayStation fans," says senior VP of Marketing and PlayStation Network, SCEA, Peter Dille. "We're very excited to be working with a group that is nearly as passionate about our brand as we are ourselves and we look forward to working with Future on many innovative ideas they have to create a best in class enthusiast publication."
Furthermore, publishing director at Future US, Simon Whitcombe adds, “We are enormously pleased to be selected to publish the Official title for one of the world's great entertainment brands. Future's international heritage is as a PlayStation publisher. PSM sold more than 40 million copies over its lifetime and we have published the Official PlayStation Magazine in the UK since 1995. We're honored that SCEA recognizes the excellence and experience that we can bring to the license and to PlayStation fans all over the world."
The importance of gaming magazines has seen a huge decline in recent years as more and more consumers turn to the internet for the latest news, reviews, previews and more. Let's hope this revival of Official PlayStation Magazine brings something fresh to the table.
- 8:56am EDT - October 1st, 2007
Wow... slow news day.
- 10:46am EDT - October 1st, 2007
This is actually good news! I hope it's better than psm. That mag is ok informative but ok.
- 10:52am EDT - October 1st, 2007
Hrm, I don't know. I mean I like game mags for casual reading but 9 times out of 10 they don't tell me anything that I don't already know...by like a month.
- 11:18am EDT - October 1st, 2007
psn id: gingo.... i'm a subscriber to the UK OPM and it is absolutely brillient so hopefully this is as good for those over the pond
- 11:23am EDT - October 1st, 2007
I still buy most of the PS3 mags out (apart from PSW...that blows)...but i buy them for the casual reading and the entertainment value, most of the time the news is kida old as they're written months in advance...having said that I still think the the OPM should offer to magazines...one with and one without the demo disc cos all the demos are on the PSN so no point in the disc...
- 12:29pm EDT - October 1st, 2007
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS thank you!!!!!!!!!!! Im so tired of EGM it sucks
- 12:57pm EDT - October 1st, 2007
Isn't Rob Smith the pro Xbox fanboy editor in chief of PSM?
- 3:25pm EDT - October 1st, 2007
Wow, NA doesnt have an official PS mag? Geez... even Australia has one! Bout time you boys got onto that one. I couldnt cope lol
- 5:24pm EDT - October 1st, 2007
Yes, he is. And an official dirt bag bastard. Ever since he became a part of PSM te mag has lost all interest to me. They even started to promote Halo Merch in the mag.
- 5:51pm EDT - October 1st, 2007
Finally, I used to be a subscriber to PSM and it was a sad day when I received my last copy. Now finally they come out with a new one. I'm sick and tired of all the other game magazines because they're soo Xbox 360 orientated.
- 6:18pm EDT - October 1st, 2007
Good. I'm pretty much sick of the massive Xbox articles that EGM publishes every damn month. I don't need half my damn magazine filled with a Halo 3 article about info I already know. I love the articles but when was the last time a PS game got a 20 page section?
primalbreath | jdawg222
- 7:03pm EDT - October 1st, 2007
good i might actually get this magazine. haven't seen one worth reading in a while
- 8:22pm EDT - October 1st, 2007
yes, ive been waiting.
- 9:01pm EDT - October 1st, 2007
I wonder who's gonna run PSM now though,maybe chris slate is coming back
- 9:30pm EDT - October 1st, 2007
ROB SMITH!?!? You gotta be f'n kidding me! And here I was, waiting for another official PS mag to come along. Well, hopefully, that means Slate is coming back to PSM so I can pick that one up instead now that Rob is out. Rob sucks balls.
- 4:27am EDT - October 2nd, 2007
Rob Smith is the reason why I won’t be renewing my subscription to PSM, I’m glad he will be leaving but disappointed he’s coming to the new PS magazine. He’s nothing but a wolf in sheep’s clothes. Ever since he joined PSM, the magazine has gone down hill. From as what previous people have mentioned, Halo adds, low scores on great PS3 games (War Hawk only got a 6.5 out of 10, Lair a 5 out of 10).
- 3:36pm EDT - October 2nd, 2007
Yay, another avenue Mr. Smith can take to smear the PS3 on its own turf. C'mon, why on earth is this guy editor-in-chief of anything PS3 related? Are these people on a vendetta? Did no one up at the top bother to read the stuff that's been put out in PSM since he took the helm? Yeesh...
What's next? "Bill Gates to take over PSM as a contributor?" Maybe they'd be happy to give him the editor-in-chief title...after all, "he must have had a change of heart." Just like Mr. Smith... *snicker*
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