Sony: Big Titles Coming to PSP This Year

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Sony: Big Titles Coming to PSP This Year

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Though the PSP's line-up may feel like it's waning, Sony says 2010 will be a big year for the handheld.

SCEA Senior Vice President of Publisher Relations Rob Dyer is thankfully done putting down the competition (for now), and has made a few comments on the future of his own company instead. Specifically, he says big things are going to happen for the PSP this year as far as third-party releases are concerned, and that Sony plans to fix what went wrong with the PSPgo.

When asked about the launch of the PSPgo, Dyer told IndustryGamers that Sony's intention was to make purchasing games easier for consumers, and to eliminate some of the piracy issues plaguing the PSP. However, he admits: "Did the PSPgo confuse [consumers]? Yeah, I think the higher price point didn't help matters any either."

For those not in the know, the PSPgo removed the previous system iterations' UMD drive and could only play games downloaded through the internet, which cost the same as those available in stores. It was also launched at $249, which some believe is an absurd price even though the system looks quite chic. According to Dyer, Sony is "going back and re-communicating" on the PSPgo, and we will "see a lot of things coming out from [Sony] to better educate and inform the consumer." Sounds vague, but I hope by that he means that game download prices will be lowered in 2010.

As for upcoming PSP games, Dyer says: "We still have a very robust lineup this year from third parties on the PSP, starting with Metal Gear Peace Walker. I won't go through the whole lineup because I want our third-party partners to make those announcements, but there are some big, big titles coming out this year and you'll see those announcements at GDC, DPS (Destination PlayStation) or E3."

I love my PSP, and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is definitely something I'm looking forward to, along with the Lunar remake and Valkyria Chronicles 2, but other than those three games there isn't a whole lot more on my "to buy" list where the PSP is concerned. The PSP has been somewhat of a refuge for unique RPGs, so perhaps we'll see more of those this year on the platform. Dyer's got me intrigued as to what these "big, big titles" are actually going to be.

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Hey Dyer just because you guys are coming up with long titles doesn't mean they are "big" titles.

The only game I'm planning on getting for the PSP is Half-Minute Hero

Still not seeing any real "killer app" here.

Tom Goldman:
The PSP has been somewhat of a refuge for unique RPGs

I don't know that I agree, but I also don't have one myself (though I am a little interested). Seems to me the DS is the place to go for niche rpgs lik "The Dark Spire", "Etrian Oddessy 1&2", "Izuna", "Shiren the Wanderer", and all that.

Anyone know what's available as far as rpgs like this go on the psp?

Tom Goldman:
According to Dyer, Sony is "going back and re-communicating" on the PSPgo, and we will "see a lot of things coming out from [Sony] to better educate and inform the consumer."

This sounds like "We're going to spin the FUCK out of the PSP Go to try and make it seem like it's something worth buying."

Hopefully this process doesn't involve Kevin Butler, who has so far only appeared in commercials for Sony products that actually merit purchasing.

I mean, jeez: unless they re-initialize that plan to allow people to get digital copies of games they already own for free, I can't see anyone changing their minds about the Go.

EDIT: Whoa, that was fucking bizarre. I wrote Kevin Costner when I meant Butler.

The only game I'm looking forward to this year for my PSP is Birth by Sleep, so hopefully some other great games will come out, too. Of course, I could always dip into the back catalogue a little, but honestly, I'm a bit too lazy for that.

Apart from MGS: Peace Walker, there's nothing else good.

If only there was a new Monster Hunter.

Hmmm... I'll keep an eye out for these 'killer apps'

I enjoy my PSP and i can't wait for what's in store. Hopefully they make up for the mess that was PSPno i mean PSPgo

Alright, Dyer, shut the fuck up. Nobody likes you or Sony anymore.

MetaKnight19:
The only game I'm planning on getting for the PSP is Half-Minute Hero

you are aware that HMH has been out since October, right?

The only reason I bought a PSP was for Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, which I haven't found the money to buy yet

I might actually get PSP just for Peace Walker and Portable Ops

I'm buying a DS this year for Soul Silver, Golden Sun DS and some other RPG's that escape me.

However if those announcements are good, it might persuade me otherwise. It's unlikely, because nostalgia always gets the better of me.

Can't wait. I haven't gotten a new PSP game since Dissidia so it is good to know a lot more titles will be coming out

Fingers crossed for Loco Roco 3

I can see myself getting a Sony device this year, but I don't see it being the PSP especially after the horrors of the PSPgo.

i dont have a PSP currently, and ill probably not get one just yet (financial stuff, me about to buy a TV, etc.), but i hope this is true.

theres Peace Walker, of course, then theres the rumoured SF4 PSP and there will probably be some ps1 games or something to download for it as well.

I've had a PSP since they launched in the UK (2005 I think). I haven't bought a a game for it since GTA Vice City Stories. Peace Walker is probably the only PSP game I'm actually looking forward to.

Christemo:

MetaKnight19:
The only game I'm planning on getting for the PSP is Half-Minute Hero

you are aware that HMH has been out since October, right?

Only in America. It was only released 2 days ago in Europe, on the 19th of Feb. Denmark is in the PAL region, isn't it? I thought someone like you would have picked up on that.

Christemo:

MetaKnight19:
The only game I'm planning on getting for the PSP is Half-Minute Hero

you are aware that HMH has been out since October, right?

It was only released yesterday in Europe

As long as I can buy them in stores I'm happy. Guess getting a psp was a good idea in the end.

I just want them to keep making stuff for Monster Hunter Freedom Unite

I already have my "To Buy" list ready and know what to expect so far. Hopefully there are still a few unannounced titles to add to the list. I have no idea why there is so much negativity here, many people from the sounds of it don't even bother looking and spout the same tired old statement of not finding anything worth while. Sucks for you guys then, pretty easy to find great games.

Green Tentacle:
Apart from MGS: Peace Walker, there's nothing else good.

If only there was a new Monster Hunter.

There is a new "Monster Hunter" coming, it's called God Eater

Andronicus:

Christemo:

MetaKnight19:
The only game I'm planning on getting for the PSP is Half-Minute Hero

you are aware that HMH has been out since October, right?

Only in America. It was only released 2 days ago in Europe, on the 19th of Feb. Denmark is in the PAL region, isn't it? I thought someone like you would have picked up on that.

Denmark is in the PAL region, yes, but:

1. i thought it was released everywhere at the same time.
2. the game never really interested me, so i didnt keep up on it.

Be nice to see some reason to dig my PSP out again for something other than Dissidia XD

I refuse to take this seriously until the word big is in Cap Locks every time it is used.

loco roco
ratchet and clank:size maters
daxter
MGS:portal ops
jak&daxter:Lost frontier
killzone: liberation
lumines
and you DL ps1 games from PSN store for your psp

and soon MGS:Peace walker

Well, my opinion on the PSP has not changed. I do not care for a system that is totally based on digital downloads. Unless they also release those "big, big titles" on UMD I will wind up having little to no interest, despite liking the fact that the PSP was a haven for some rather cool RPG games.

I suspect this is a big part of why the Go was received the way it was too, despite all attempts to sell digitally downloaded games, they really don't benefit the consumer much as
I (and others) have pointed out before. The bottom line is I'll stick with my disc based PSP.

Christemo:

Andronicus:

Christemo:

MetaKnight19:
The only game I'm planning on getting for the PSP is Half-Minute Hero

you are aware that HMH has been out since October, right?

Only in America. It was only released 2 days ago in Europe, on the 19th of Feb. Denmark is in the PAL region, isn't it? I thought someone like you would have picked up on that.

Denmark is in the PAL region, yes, but:

1. i thought it was released everywhere at the same time.
2. the game never really interested me, so i didnt keep up on it.

I think as a general rule you should assume that PAL will always be the last to receive a game, especially if you live in Australia. While PAL has managed to catch up a bit in recent years, even 4 months is an exceptionally long wait for something that will ultimately be pretty much exactly the same as the NA version. I hate it.

Pyromaniac1337:
Alright, Dyer, shut the fuck up. Nobody likes you or Sony anymore.

I like sony. :D

More like big titles coming for the PSP 2 this year.

There's Valkyria Chronicles 2 and...nope that's it.

The only PSP game I'm looking for to at the moment is Peace Walker.

Tom Goldman:
When asked about the launch of the PSPgo, Dyer told IndustryGamers that Sony's intention was to make purchasing games easier for consumers

Really? I have to constantly explain to potential PSPGo buyers how they go about getting the games rather than just pointing them to some shelves. Good call there, Sony. Man, that's so much easier.

I really hope Sony can back up the 'big titles' thing and isn't just talking about Peace Walker and a handful of ports. I like my PSP and wish it had some great games on it. I'm just sad that the handful of games I have are mostly PSP versions of console games that I could have bought.

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