Leipzig Games Convention, 20th August 2008: Having harnessed the power of the Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) format, PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) is able to deliver the best in next generation gaming alongside astounding movie experiences. With unrivalled picture and sound quality, BD’s hugely advanced graphics, sound and storage capacity makes it an unparalleled medium for delivering the highest-quality games. This year, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) is showcasing a whole range of forthcoming flagship titles that utilise BD to the full. Here are the first party titles on show at Games Convention, 2008.
In the aftermath of an urban disaster, an everyday guy finds himself with extraordinary powers. What he does with them is up to the player. This is inFamous, the forthcoming PS3 title from Sucker Punch Productions. The open-ended, free-roaming game puts you in the shoes of Cole, a disaffected misfit and urban explorer, who finds– after a huge explosion destroys his hometown of Empire City– that he can muster and control surges of electricity. As Cole, you must first learn to use your new powers– and then decide how you will apply them in an apocalyptic landscape where thugs and criminals terrorise a cowed populace. inFamous is set for launch in Spring 2009
The war continues on PS3 as Killzone 2 rumbles into view. This hotly-anticipated release sees the ISA take the war against the Helghast to their home planet of Helghan. Players will fight as Sev, a battle-hardened veteran of the ISA special forces unit known as Alpha Squad. Your mission: to secure Pyrrhus, Helghan’s capital city. All doesn’t go to plan, the ISA had not envisaged such a frenzied response from the remaining Helghast forces neither had they planned for the hostile environment in which the population have endured and harnessed to their military advantage. Releasing in February 2009, Killzone 2 will deliver a spectacular theatre of war to action gamers.
LittleBigPlanet™ is a game that so defies convention that we’ve given it its own genre: creative gaming. Home to the small but mighty Sackboy, LittleBigPlanet is an irresistible world created by Media Molecule where creativity is part of the gameplay and playing is part of the creative experience. Teeming with places to explore, creative tools to collect and puzzles that baffle, it challenges gamers to make their way through it however they like, modifying and creating elements of their surroundings as they go. Sackboy can design, shape and build both objects and entire levels using his intuitive toolbox of skills and materials– and, when gamers have created a level, they can invite anyone to come and share it via PLAYSTATION®Network. LittleBigPlanet is set to launch on 29th October, 2008.
A game like no other, Heavy Rain™ heralds a new generation of action adventure gaming. A PlayStation® exclusive, Heavy Rain is a genuinely mature game for a new world of adult gamers, with a dark and involving storyline tackling powerful themes. Players’ decisions are charged with importance, and actions can have drastic and unforeseen consequences for the characters, gameplay and storyline. The responsibility this brings creates a deep connection between the player and the characters, resulting in a truly engrossing but accessible game, without obscure stats or complex control systems. Gamers of all levels of experience will want to immerse themselves fully in Heavy Rain on its late 2009 release.
The highly-anticipated sequel to Resistance: Fall of Man™, Resistance 2™ crosses the Atlantic for the second installment in the tale of the terrifying invasion of Chimera as Sgt. Nathan Hale continues the fight in a bleak 1950s America. Prepare for bigger battles, spectacular landscapes and an even more gripping narrative told from Hale’s perspective– alongside an unprecedented online eight-player co-operative mode in which players meet to tackle specially-designed campaigns together, and online multiplayer for up to 60 gamers. Are you ready to save the world before you go to bed and for the next chapter in the alternative history of the 20th Century? Resistance 2 is set to launch in late 2008.
SOCOM: Confrontation pits the best military minds worldwide against each other in the most realistic modern warfare simulation ever. Players select to fight with one of five world-beating Special Forces units, equip themselves from a selection of lethal weapons and form a unit with friends or other gamers. From there, it’s straight into the heat of battle where teamwork is key as you plan your attack, lay down covering fire and eliminate your targets. Playable exclusively online on PLAYSTATION Network and available in the autumn of 2008, SOCOM: Confrontation is an ultra-realistic battle of skill, wits, gunplay and teamwork involving up to 32 players at once– ideal for the military fanatic.
Buzz!™: Quiz TV
Turn your PS3 into the ultimate quiz machine and put yourself, your friends and your family in the hot-seat as Buzz! makes his PS3 debut in Buzz!™: Quiz TV. Available to buy now, Buzz!: Quiz TV begins with an impressive 5000-plus questions straight from the BD that’ll get you started across five category channels (Music, Movies and TV, Sports, Knowledge and Lifestyle). The game also comes with four all-new wireless buzzers that free Buzz! from cables, streamline the quiz experience and keep your living room clutter-free. Thanks to Sofa vs. Sofa multiplayer mode, players can now also team up with friends and family to take on like-minded players anywhere on the planet. What's more, if even 5000 questions are not enough, you can download extra quiz packs on your topic of choice from PLAYSTATION®Store - or freely share your own bespoke quizzes with the world via the in-game MyBuzz!™ community.
Siren Blood Curse™
After its July launch on PLAYSTATION Network, Siren Blood Curse™ makes its debut on BD this Autumn, bringing blood-curdling terror to gamers everywhere. Following an American television crew investigating the stories about Hanuda, a village with a troubled past, with whispered tales of strange rituals of human sacrifice. A ghostly siren that spells danger for the living - and a murderous new life for the dead. You'll be hunted by the vicious Shibito (living dead) and must escape the blood curse or face becoming a Shibito yourself. Throughout the game you’ll play each of the visitors to the village, using the unique Sight-Jack System to switch seamlessly between the visions of hunted and hunter. Meanwhile blood, guts and gore are super-enhanced by amazing graphic effects, an advanced physics engine and shockingly realistic facial animations– all of which combine to make this a game for those who loved to get scared!
Ratchet and Clank™: Quest for Booty (BD)
Ratchet and Clank are back on PS3 in this bite-sized treasure of a game. Expect all the side-splitting comedy and dazzling 3D animation as Ratchet sails solo into a world of galleons, parrots and cutlasses in his quest to uncover missing mate Clank and confront Captain Angstrom Darkwater. The game’s new Light/Dark gameplay allows players to illuminate dark areas in order to find booty (treasure); and challenges include mixing your own bottles of rum, manipulating shadows and playing sea shanties. This is the eighth title from the critically-acclaimed Ratchet and Clank franchise and a fun-filled mini-adventure that the entire family will fall in love with. Jump aboard this September, me hearties, its time to begin your Quest for Booty!
The brutal, unpredictable off-road racing of the huge PS3 hit MotorStorm returns this Autumn. This time, instead of tearing through the Arizona desert, you’re ripping up the undergrowth of a deadly Pacific island– with twice as much danger, adventure and larger-than-life action. Choose your ride from a selection of buggies, bikes and all-powerful monster trucks and get ready to speed through beautiful scenery and deadly unexplored territory. Here you’ll discover an all new struggle with huge waterfalls, towering peaks, deep jungle and vegetation, almost stopping you in your tracks. MotorStorm: Pacific Rift offers adrenaline-pumped madness in a wild, raucous, high-speed island adventure.
When you’ve finished playing these BD titles, kick back and watch your recorded TV
PlayTV is a digital TV tuner for your PS3 that lets you watch, pause and record live TV from non-subscription channels– even while you’re watching something else or playing a game. Whether you’ve planned a night out or want to watch something on a different channel, you’ll never miss an episode of your favourite TV program ever again. Need to answer the phone? No worries, with PlayTV you can pause live TV. You can also stream your TV content to your PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) at any wi-fi hotspot in the world. It gets even better: you can set up recordings via your PSP when you’re out, meaning that you’ll never miss a programme again. PlayTV will be available in the PAL territories from 19th September onwards.
There’s only one option for true PS3 gameplay and only one entertainment system harnesses the true power of BD. PS3 is the ultimate multimedia entertainment system, and is home to the most powerful games on the planet for everyone to enjoy– check them out at Leipzig.
Notes to Editors:
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About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PLAYSTATION®3, PlayStation®2 and PSP?(PlayStation®Portable) software and hardware in 99 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the formats in these territories. Since the launch of PLAYSTATION 3 in November 2006 and the end of January 2008, over 10 million units have been sold globally and continue to be sold at a record level. Between the beginning of April 2006 and the end of January 2008, over 26 million PlayStation 2 consoles have been sold worldwide, continuing its position as one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history. Between the beginning of April 2006 and the end of January 2008, over 20 million PSP systems have been sold worldwide.
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