With Sony's annual Playstation Meeting just four days away, there has been some speculation recently that Sony might use the event to reveal new information on the upcoming Playstation 3 in order to take some of the steam out of Microsoft's XBox Summit - to be held just four days later on the 25th. A recent rumor begun by a self-proclaimed Sony insider on a Japanese forum has taken this talk to a whole new level, however, with bold claims of truly significant PS3-related development announcements. Gaming forums everywhere will likely be discussing these possibilities right up until the day of the actual event, and credit goes to a poster on the Beyond3D forums for bringing these rumors from Japan to the West.
It should be mentioned that there is no solid indication that the original Japanese 'insider' actually works for Sony, and anyone familiar with Internet forums should realize the constant possibility of people making up stories simply to create a stir.
That being said, some of the rumors are so intriguing as to warrant publication here, even with the knowledge in hand that they may very well be false.
Make of them what you will:
* Sony will announce a 'value bundle' for the PS3 that includes a hard drive, similar in concept to the PSP's Value Pack
* Namco will announce two titles for PS3's Japanese launch
* Koei will announce Dynasty Warriors 6 and Nobunaga's Ambition for the PS3
* Final Fantasy XIII and Dragon Quest/Warrior IX to be PS3 exclusives
* Japanese and United States PS3 launches to be simultaneous in late Spring of 06; Europe and Australia to see launch in Fall
* Team Ninja developing two titles for PS3
* Resident Evil series being developed on PS3 and PSP
* Silent Hill 5 in development
* Mistwalker/Sony surprise announcement (not Blue Dragon or Lost Odyssey related)
* Level 5 to develop exclusively for Sony
* Forty-five new PSP titles to launch by Fall '06
* SquareEnix developing two additional PSP titles
* PS3 and PSP will use the same online network
We'll know in four days time whether any of these rumors came to pass or not and keep you up to date with our reporting of the highlights from Sony's 2005 Playstation Meeting.
Playstation Meeting 2005: Rumors UPDATE
It hasn't been even twenty-four hours since the story of a potential windfall of developer announcements hit the Internet and already enough new information has 'leaked' to justify a full update to yesterday's article.
Purportedly under some fairly serious questioning, the supposed Sony 'insider' has held his ground and maintained that the information leaked is indeed true; of course you would expect this same reaction whether he was telling the truth or not. There has also been further clarification that the information is not specific to Sony's Playstation Meeting this upcoming Thursday. Rather, it comes from a collective pool of Sony announcements that Sony will be spacing out strategically between Thursday's event and the Playstation 3's launch in order to best maximize Playstation interest and impact. With that caveat now added to the mix, we would question just how much of this information Sony would choose to unveil at their Playstation Meeting, even if it were all to be true.
Below is some of the expanded information provided with regard to yesterday's rumors, as well as several new rumors mostly related to Sony's over-arching console business strategy:
* One of yesterday's two mentioned Namco titles is Ridge Racer 6; the other is supposedly not a Tekken title
* Tecmo is the driving force behind pushing Team Ninja towards PS3 development
* From Software intends to port all 360 titles to PS3
* The PS3 and PSP will have a high level of inter-connectivity, and will be marketed as companion devices
* PS3 titles will not be playable at the Tokyo Game Show; a seperate event may be planned for later in order to showcase playable titles
* Sony wishes to spend less money securing exclusive titles and is pursuing a strategy of improving development tools instead
* The PS3 is being redesigned in order to provide the best appearance when standing vertically
* Sony believes that 1GB memory sticks will eventually be available for the same price as Playstation 2 memory cards
* Sony is hoping to have 40 PS3 titles available at launch; the largest launch library in Japanese console history
Again, we must stress that none of this information is official, and we do not endorse it ourselves. Still, it is compelling enough to warrant publication. Please keep in mind that even if the source turns out to be an imposter, he has made such a broad set of claims that we would not be surprised if a good number of them turned out to be true regardless. For example, the core of the Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior series being default exclusives to Playstation would be no surprise, and claims such as a high level of PSP to PS3 connectivity have in fact been alluded to in the past by high-level Sony representatives.
As far as these rumors are concerned, all we can do is hope for an exciting Playstation Meeting this Thursday, and from there see what information trickles out of Sony in the coming months.