The last episode of Qore will be released this month. The "interactive video magazine program" will end its four year run on the Playstation Network with its 47th episode. The announcement that the show has been canceled came on the Playstation blog at the end of a post about the upcoming Qore episode. Almost as an afterthought, Kevin Furuichi, an executive producer with the PlayStation Network, posted this final paragraph:
This episode also features a retrospective look back at Qore’s nearly four years on PlayStation Network. As the first interactive digital magazine on a game console, Qore provided an innovative mix of quality HD video and interactive content covering over 160 new games. With this April episode, Qore concludes its run on the PlayStation Network. As a send off, the Qore team built one final DLC package: the Qore Ultimate Arcade features a compilation of 11 mini games offered throughout the series. Our thanks to all involved in the creation and production of Qore and to the many fans who regularly watched each month.
There is no word on why Sony has cancelled the show. Qore was available on Playstation Plus for a subscription fee or free for Playstation Plus subscribers. If the show was expensive to produce, it's conceivable that Sony ended the show as part of the extreme measures it has recently taken to make the company profitable. It's also possible the show's demise is part of the management restructuring Sony announced several weeks ago.
Wish the producers,crew, and hosts of Qore good luck in the comments section below, or check out former Qore host Veronica Belmont in her new show on Felecia Day's new YouTube channel, Geek and Sundry. She will co-host the Sword and Laser show, an online book club for Science Fiction and Fantasy fans.
I leave you with the final preview video for a Qore episode, posted alongside the dour announcement: