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Sony Reveals Why PSOne Classics Have No Set PSN Release Date

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264w ago - Today the sleuths at Examiner.com (linked above) have uncovered a reply from Sony's PlayStation Store Senior Manager Grace Chen explaining why PSOne Classics have no set PSN release date.

Although the answer isn't surprising, it's definitely good to know why classics such as Final Fantasy VIII are not available in the States to date.

To quote: "Ever since Sony announced PSOne Classics for the PSP and PlayStation 3, new releases have been inconsistent and often appear suddenly without any prior announcements.

Grace Chen, Senior Manager of the PlayStation Store, explain why this is the case on the comment section of the [Register or Login to view links]:

There are a variety of reasons that need to be considered when releasing PSOne Classics... code emulation and testing, licensing rights, music clearances, etc.

Although the process may not always be smooth, Sony has definitely been picking up the pace in 2009 with new PSOne Classics."
 

Kazunori Yamauchi Reveals New Gran Turismo 5 PS3 Details

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264w ago - Autoweek.com (linked above) met with Gran Turismo creator and godfather Kazunori Yamauchi at SEMA and asked him several questions about the upcoming Gran Turismo 5 title for Sony's PS3 console.

To quote from the interview:

When will you release GT5?

Yamauchi: We will release it in March in Japan but for other regions, it has not been decided yet.

What's holding it up?

That's more depending on SCEA (Sony Computer Entertainment America) marketing decisions.

Have you spoken with those guys?

My job is to create the product, not sell it.

What's taking so long with the product, then?

From our perspective, it doesn't seem like that long a time. To make Gran Turismo 5, we threw away the legacy code from GT4 and started from scratch. It's been five years from [the release of] GT4, and that's the same amount of time it took to develop the first GT4. To create a game from scratch, that's the amount of time it takes to get it right.

You're at the SEMA show, what do you think?

Every time I come to SEMA, I can feel the passion of the car owners who bring their cars here. The SEMA show is different from what you see at a typical motor show. There is more passion...
 

Famitsu Reveals R-Type 3D is Coming Exclusively to PS3

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265w ago - According to the latest Famitsu Magazine, R-Type 3D is coming exclusively to the PS3 console.

It appears that R-Type Final is indeed not the last in the series, according to distantmantra commenting on the latest Famitsu issue at [Register or Login to view links]: "There's something about a PS3 exclusive (?) R-Type 3D, and 3D Dot Game Heroes got 8/8/7/7."

For those unaware, R-Type is a side scrolling shoot-em-up arcade game produced by Irem. The player controls a space fighter named "Arrowhead" to defend humanity against a mysterious but powerful alien life-form known as "Bydo", which was later discovered to be not entirely alien in origin.

To quote from Examiner.com (linked above): "It is unknown whether the "3D" in title means that the game will take place in a 3D plane or whether it would be in a 2D plane with 3D graphics (a la R-Type Delta)."

More details to come as they are available!
 

Video: Gran Turismo 5 PS3 Packaging Reveals Three Discs

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267w ago - GTPlanet (linked above) reports today that Gran Turismo 5's PS3 packaging has been revealed by Kazunori Yamauchi himself in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG video below... which shows how the car made it into the game.

The GT5 packaging includes room for three mysterious Blu-ray discs.

To quote: The most curious thing, of course, is the fact that the packaging clearly contains three separate Blu-Ray cases - one black, one red, and one blue.

What could they be? While the conspiracy theorists get to work, here's a list of other interesting tidbits from the clip:

• Gran Turismo uses one single physics calculation model, so they simply enter the parameters for each car, and the handling characteristics play themselves out within the game. As Yamauchi says, "If the original car is made well, it'll drive well."

• We get a closer look at the 3D model of the SLS AMG in Gran Turismo 5, along with a corner from the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

• Mercedes' narrarator suggests that Yamauchi is "considering" putting the new SLS AMG on the cover, but Yamauchi's following comments (along with the box art seen earlier) all but confirm it will be the star of the show.

As he explains, it "will probably be the most exciting car in...
 

ESRB Reveals More PSOne Classics Heading to PS3 and PSP

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269w ago - According to the latest ESRB listing, several new PSOne Classics are coming to Sony's PlayStation 3 and PSP consoles via PlayStation Network.

To quote from Examiner.com (linked above): "They have several exciting PSOne Classics on the horizon.

The Entertainment Software Rating Board recently rated several games as PSOne Classics. Although some were already released, a handful of upcoming titles were also revealed.

Here is the latest batch of PSOne Classics rated by the ESRB for the PSP and PlayStation 3:

• Bomberman Party Edition
• Dirt Jockey
• Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
• Silent Hill
• Tomb Raider III"
 
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