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SCEA Details Gran Turismo 5 Prologue For U.S.

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346w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment America today released an updated fact sheet for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, confirming that the U.S. version will feature additional content and features over the original Japanese release.

In total, Prologue will feature 60 selectable cars and 14 additional tuned cars, which include the Ferrari 599, Nissan GT-R and Audi R8 4.2 FSI R Troni. The game will offer six detailed racing tracks and a host of additional game modes. Game modes include Drift Mode, Car Tuning, and two-player split screen racing alongside a variety of offline and online Race Events.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue is set to hit the PlayStation Network and as a Blu-ray disc on April 17 at an MSRP of $40. The BD version will come packaged with a behind the scenes video feature called "Beyond the Apex."

Sony has also revealed that the PAL version of GT 5 Prologue will contain some additional features too (above what was in the Japanese release). They include: 2 Player Battle-split screen mode, Vehicle Tuning, Drift Trial mode, New Event Structure, Additional track with 2 layouts - High Speed Ring, Over 30 additional cars, Track Guide Videos, AI Difficulty setting, Driving line and a New Opening Movie.

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Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) announced today...
 

Sony's New Executive Appointments

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347w ago - Following the sudden resignation of Phil Harrison, Sony has announced the appointment of three new key executives - Robert Dyer is the senior VP of PR, Ian Jackson is the VP of sales and Sally Buchanan is the VP of HR. These new figures will all report to CEO Jack Tretton.

To quote: It looks like Phil Harrison's sudden resignation was not the only change in Sony's executive lineup as of late. In a recent press release, Sony Computer Entertainment America announced the appointment of three new key executives: Robert Dyer to Senior Vice President of Publisher Relations, Ian Jackson to Vice President of Sales and Sally Buchanan to Vice President of Human Resources.

These positions will take effect in March and April of 2008, and the executives will report directly to SCEA President and CEO Jack Tretton.

"Rob Dyer, Ian Jackson and Sally Buchanan's proven records of strategic leadership and innovation, combined with their extensive industry experience re-enforce their new roles as a great fit for our organization," said Tretton.

"These three appointments augment an already strong executive staff at SCEA and provide the company with additional leadership to focus on key relationships with some of the most important constituencies, our publishing partners, retail community, and...
 

SCEA announce holiday season line-up, some corrections

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363w ago - Sony Computer Entertainment America has announced its 2007 holiday software line-up for PS3, PSP and PS2. The PS3 has 34 retail games and 13 downloadable titles. The PSP list includes two dozen games, and the PS2 has 27 titles. SCEA have listed Unreal Tournament 3 for the PS3 as releasing this year, when Midway has told its investors the game shouldn't arrive until 2008.

A Midway representative confirmed today that the company still expects Unreal Tournament 3 for the PS3 to be released next year. Also Capcom's Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law for the PSP appears on SCEA's lineup, but that game was officially delayed until January to avoid the crowded holiday release window.

A Capcom representative has since confirmed that Harvey Birdman is set for release on the PS2, PSP, and Wii on January 8.

SCEA's 2007 holiday line-up will include:

PLAYSTATION(R)3
First-Party:
THE EYE OF JUDGMENT(TM)
Heavenly Sword(TM)
NBA 08
Lair
Folklore(TM)
Ratchet & Clank(R) Future: Tools of Destruction(TM)
Uncharted: Drakes Fortune(TM)
Warhawk(TM)

Third-Party:
Call of Duty(R) 4: Modern Warfare(TM), Activision
Guitar Hero(TM) III: Legends of Rock, Activision
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground, Activision
Jericho(TM),...
 

Seven downloadable games from SCEA in 2008

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367w ago - GamesIndustry.biz has learned that Sony Computer Entertainment America is developing at least seven new PlayStation Portable games for download via the PlayStation Store.

The service - currently only available to PlayStation 3 users - is due to launch for the PSP and PC next year and will offer users an alternative portfolio of titles to those currently available on UMD game discs.

Sony will offer multiple content to PSP users via the PlayStation Store, including original games, classic PSone titles, demos for UMD-based and downloadable games, additional content for released games and TV content such as trailers, behind-the-scenes clips and interviews.

A source close to SCEA has revealed that three action games, two music-based games, one racing title and a shooting game are being developed internally.

Downloadable games for the handheld will be between one half and one third of the size of the average UMD title, offering between two and ten hours of gameplay.

Sony is currently courting third-party PSP publishers for the PlayStation Store, which offers a better return on investment for the publisher and format holder as it completely cuts out retail partners.

As well as the new PSP titles in development, SCEA will also be offering 13 classic PSone...
 

SCEA IT Imposter Gains Access to PSN User Accounts

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368w ago - Although SCEA insists that consumers weren't harmed, an IT imposter recently managed to gain access to customer information on the PlayStation Network. The access was immediately disabled and SCEA is conducting an ongoing investigation.

Last week, one of GameDaily BIZ's sources close to Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) informed us that there had recently been a "breach of security" in Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN). Our source indicated that one of SCEA's employees was actually tricked over the phone into giving out this important access to the network.

With our curiosity piqued we contacted SCEA and the company did confirm that there was indeed a problem. Kimberly Otzman, Corporate Communications, said that it really shouldn't be considered a "security breach," however, because a hacker did not physically break into the network.

Otzman explained, "Just to clarify, there has been no hacking or electronic breach to any of SCEA's electronic security systems. An as-yet-unidentified PSN user impersonating an SCEA IT employee apparently called customer service agents in order to gain unauthorized access to two PSN user accounts not belonging to the imposter. The unauthorized accessing of the two accounts was discovered immediately after it took place, the unauthorized access was disabled,...
 
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