Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) released a boatload of news today, but of the utmost importance to me was the announcement that Media Molecule is developing LittleBigPlanet for the PSP and that we can expect it in the Fall of ’09. The game is an absolute blast on the PS3 and that’s likely where I’ll continue to get the most out of it, but I cannot stress enough how great it is to be able to play games like this on the go, or during those quiet times in the office, etc. LBP is a near perfect game to ‘pick up play’ and given the popularity of the game I imagine that its exactly the kind of thing Sony needed, along with announcements like Rock Band Unplugged, to get people excited about the system all over again, saying nothing of the boost it’ll likely provide Sony.
With a rapidly growing install base, the PSP platform is riding a wave of momentum that will be paired with a new hardware offering and its best software line up to date, demonstrating significant support from SCEA’s publishing partners. Two new limited-edition PSP Entertainment Packs will be available in 2009, bundling everything consumers need to jump onto the PSP platform, from the hardware to games, videos, and other content — all for $199.99 (MSRP).
From a first party perspective, SCEA will bring its biggest franchises from the PS3 to the PSP this year, starting with MotorStorm Arctic Edge and LittleBigPlanet in Fall 2009. These titles will be built from the ground up for PSP, offering users a unique portable experience based on the critically acclaimed franchises. Following are details for each game:
LittleBigPlanet — Developed in conjunction with MediaMolecule, the critically acclaimed game LittleBigPlanet makes its way to the PSP, offering new SackBoy adventures with the same play, create, share experience for gamers on-the-go, in addition to brand new levels and environments specifically created for the platform.
Additionally, RPGamer and other online news outlets are reporting that Atlus sent them a press release stating “leak this” (long story) in which they announce that the Japanese Shin Megami Tensei: Persona remake for the PSP will indeed be coming to U.S. shores (kind of a given, but still…).
This new version of Persona is claimed to be a remake by Atlus, as it features a brand new localization, gameplay enhancements, and new additions not seen in the PlayStation release. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona is planned for a fall release at this time.
Great, great news. Not for my wallet, but then again it never is.
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