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Yamauchi: Gran Turismo 5 to be Released Sooner than Expected

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304w ago - One lucky Gran Turismo fan recently had a chance to actually talk to Gran Turismo series creator Kazunori Yamauchi about all things Gran Turismo. Of course, one of the things that came up was Gran Turismo 5's release date.

When told about fans expecting the game to be released in 2010, Yamauchi laughed it off and said that the game will be released sooner than expected. As vague as ever, but it does raise hopes of a possible 2009 release.

Yamauchi also gave out a few more details about the game, including the current status of damage implementation. Apparently, some companies like Porsche (apparently, their contracts with other game makers have ended so Polyphony Digital is negotiating with them) have already given Polyphony Digital the go signal to total their cars, but other manufacturers (Yamauchi mentioned Ferrari) are being stubborn about it, even for minor side mirror damage stuff.

Yamauchi also confirmed that the "rubber band effect", a performance boost that gives a player a slight increase in grip and power when he's more than 2 seconds behind the race leader, will be implemented in some races. Online races that feature qualifying laps won't have this feature, though.

Speaking of online races, Yamauchi also mentioned that private online races are coming, but they...
 

Sony Confirms LittleBigPlanet Early Copies, Updates Coming Soon

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304w ago - Recently it was reported that LittleBigPlanet early copies were available from various retailers ahead of the street date, including GameStop and both WalMart and Target.

Today, SCEA's Marketing Manager Mark Valledor had the following comments to say regarding them:

Looks like a lucky few LittleBigPlanet fans have started to receive their copies over the weekend. We wanted to provide a quick update for the those eager to get online.

Looks like our production line churned out new copies quicker than our original schedule, and a few of our retailers did what they could to take care of the fans who pre-ordered ASAP.

Whether you want to start playing with your friends, sharing your creations online or getting your mitts on the pre-order goodies... hold tight.

If you're one of those, take advantage of the headstart by unlocking all the goodies...
 

PlayStation Portable Firmware Update v5.01 Coming Soon

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305w ago - According to the Director of PlayStation Network Operations Eric Lempel, PlayStation Portable Firmware Update 5.01 is coming soon.

To quote: PSP firmware update 5.00 added direct access to the PlayStation Store, and we've since found an issue related to larger-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duos, which we'll be addressing with a new update (5.01).

When downloading content from the Store to a PSP with an 8 GB or 16 GB Memory Stick Duo media inserted, you may see a message indicating that the media does not have enough free space, even when sufficient space exists.

Update 5.01 resolves this issue and will be coming soon.
 

SOCOM Confrontation Update: Trophies Patch Coming Soon

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306w ago - Per Jeff Rubenstein (Social Media Manager) via PS Blog today:

We've noticed a couple of comments today on the blog from gamers who purchased SOCOM Confrontation; you've been asking "Where are the trophies?"

Well, I just wrapped up a conversation with the SOCOM team, where they've confirmed the fact that trophies *will* be coming, via a patch, within the next couple of weeks.

Stay tuned to SOCOM.com for the latest on SOCOM Confrontation.
 

Age of Booty to Plunder PlayStation Network Soon

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307w ago - Per John Diamonon (Capcom) via PS Blog:

I'm glad to be back here with the PlayStation Posse and talk about a game that I'm looking forward to - Age of Booty. No, it's not an online dating game.

It's a casual, pirate-themed, online strategy game from some of the makers of Halo.

Actually, I consider this more of a multiplayer party game because it's really easy to play and allows for a lot of smack talk. Yarrr!





Here are more details:

• Release date: Soon (I'll confirm when I get a solid date)
• Price: Only $9.99!
• Trophies: No comment at this time.
• Add on content: Lots of free map packs in the future plus some cool expansions.
• Players: Up to 8 players online - You can play a 4 player local match then take the team online!
• Demo:Available a couple weeks after launch with online multiplayer matches!

Max Hoberman, one of the founders of the company that developed the game, has been kind enough to write this message to you, the PlayStation fans, and answer some of your questions (This is his time, so I probably won't answer your Capcom related questions for a couple days). Anyway, heeeeeeere's Max!

Hi everyone. My name...
 
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