In his writeup of yesterday's NPD numbers, reporter for The San Jose Mercury News (and man of a thousand sources) Dean Takahashi wrote, "One piece of news that came out this week was that Sony pleaded with third-party developers not to abandon its struggling platform. That change in attitude is a marked difference compared to the arrogance of past years."
Though Sony hasn't always fessed up to that perceived arrogance, we've all noticed a marked change in tone coming out of Sony following Jack Tretton's E3 keynote speech. With only one PS3 game (barely) cracking the NPD's top 10 software chart last month, convincing developers to build games for a complicated console that some even call "a waste of everyone's time" is no easy task. If Takahashi's info is accurate, it sounds like Sony's looking to preempt any developer exodus, hoping this season's delays aren't next year's cancellations.