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SNK, Atari holding off PS3 development

No PS3 games in 2006 for Atari while SNK waiting out "risk" period, looking toward 2009/10

Both SNK and Atari have stated their intention to hold off releasing games on Sony's PS3 for the time being, as production of the console is cranked up in time for the machine's November launch this year.

While SNK, developer of the King of Fighters and Metal Slug series, and publisher Atari have pledged support for Sony's next-gen platform, it'll be a while before we see games from either company it seems.

Speaking to, Atari's CEO Bruno Bonnell noted that his company won't be publishing games for the PS3 until 2007, stating that, "we're lacking information about the PS3 at this stage, because we have basically a rough release date and a high retail price point." However, Bonnell also noted that eventually, Atari plans to support all three major platforms "fairly equally".

Meanwhile, in an interview with Kotaku, SNK's overseas marketing manager, Yoshihito Koyama, expressed his views on the PS3, revealing that, "My first impression is that it's expensive. The PlayStation 2 is good enough. It's small and cheap. For us, for manufacturers, we have to invest in a new system, and the PlayStation 3 is a risk. There won't be enough consoles at launch. Few consoles mean few software sales."

As with Atari though, Koyama continued that SNK still plans to support Sony's platform at a later date: "We need to wait three or four years. Maybe 2009-2010 is a good time to release a game for the PS3."