Sounding the Siren?
Heaven in a handheld
East becomes beast
Historically when people have talked about Sony's strong first-party network, Japan Studio has been right at the bottom of the list. One of the platform holder's oldest developers, the division is probably best known for the likes of Ape Escape and Legend of Dragoon, as well as Fumito Ueda's output. But during the PlayStation 3...
Sounding the Siren?
Gravity Rush 2 releases imminently on the PlayStation 4, and we really like it. But once director Keiichiro Toyama is done with the title's free expansion pack, he'll be turning his attention to a new project. The former Silent Hill man told Dengeki PlayStation that he expects work to begin in earnest on something fresh soon...
Japan Studio's output may have been pants during the PlayStation 3 era, but under the leadership of ex-Santa Monica head Alan Becker, Sony's biggest developer has been restored to the bosom of its Worldwide Studios network. Over the past few years alone the organisation has had a hand in Bloodborne, The Last Guardian, and Knack –...
Heaven in a handheld
PlayStation Vita will feature in a NicoNico livestream tomorrow, as Japan Studio prepares to outline some new "download-only" software for the portable system. The programme description isn't entirely clear, so this could include unseen titles – or localised releases that are merely being brought over to Japan. It's probably...
Update: No, it's not
Update: You can't knock a coconut down everytime, and it seems like we've been duped. This is not Japan Studio's next project, but rather a short movie posted to Vimeo a few years ago. In other words, it's faker than Simon Cowell's front teeth. Hype deflated. Original story: Japan Studio had a rough few years during the...
While the internal output of Japan Studio may have slowed to a crawl over recent years, its External Development Group is thriving. A lot like Sony Santa Monica and XDev Europe, this division works alongside independent developers in order to create exclusive content for the various PlayStation platforms, with some of its recent projects...
Nevi gonna give you up
Yesterday we reported on a 4gamer article in which Team ICO director Fumito Ueda blatantly teased us about The Last Guardian. We thought that was absolutely everything that we could glean from the gargantuan report, but it seems that it was in fact home to a veritable smorgasbord of juicy informat
A macabre mistake
As is so often the case with rumours relating to Japan Studio’s terrifying Siren series, Sony has shut the speculation down. Earlier in the week, the Romanian arm of Sony Computer Entertainment hinted that the frightening franchise could be making a comeback on the PlayStation 4, but this was merely a mix-up according to the...
No rest for the wicked
Despite spending much of the PlayStation 3 generation twiddling its thumbs, Sony’s primary Eastern game production outfit Japan Studio has been transformed under the leadership of Allan Becker. As such, it’s not especially surprising to learn that the team’s External Development Group – which is responsible for...
Ahead of the game
Within minutes of starting Puppeteer, it's clear that it's an absolutely stunning game. The art style, the animation and the sheer amount of detail packed into each and every visual asset make the title a joy to behold. Trailers and screenshots simply don't do the product justice – this is something that you need to see in motion...
Gravity Rush is undeniably one of the most tantalising propositions in the PlayStation Vita's upcoming line-up Buoyed by a stylish art aesthetic and some strong gameplay mechanics to boot, the Japanese Studio developed title sits just behind Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Wipeout 2048 on our most wanted list. And it seems our enthusiasm is well founded. Japanese gaming bible, Famitsu,..
Apples are renowned for their sweet taste and gravitational properties
They're also the star of Sony's brand new live-action Gravity Rush commercial. Uncharted: Golden Abyss and WipEout 2048 may be the PlayStation Vita's headline releases — but we really think Gravity Rush is the star of the..
Sony's made a couple of bizarre decisions regarding the PlayStation Vita's release in Europe
Top of the charts is the platform holder's decision to not offer a 32GB memory stick at launch, with the highest capacity card being the 16GB. While frustrating, we can forgive Sony for saving us money. Less forgivable is the platform holder's decision to relegate Sony Japan's super-promising Gravity Rush..
Legendary PlayStation developer Fumito Ueda -- the creative force behind ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus -- has left Sony, the platform holder has announced
Ueda's departure comes following a series of rumours surrounding the developer's employment. But while Ueda's long-term future remains unclear, Sony confirmed that his immediate commitments are to complete what he started: upcoming PlayStation 3..
Sony's said that Fumito Ueda is "committed to completing" upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last Guardian, but has once again managed to completely dodge the issue of the developer's employment
In a statement issued to IGN's Colin Moriarty, a SCEA spokesperson revealed that "Ueda-san is in fact under contract and is committed to completing his work on The Last Guardian." This follows a..
Fumito Ueda has responded to rumours suggesting that he has left Shadow Of The Colossus developer Team ICO, affecting development of the studio's next project
In a short Twitter message, the creative powerhouse said that development of The Last Guardian was still on track and that fans have nothing to worry about. While Ueda did not outright deny the rumours surrounding his employment, he at least..
For many, Team Siren's Gravity Rush is looking like the must-have PlayStation Vita game
The super-stylised gravity-driven platform game not only promises to take advantage of the Vita's multitude of input devices, but its bold cel-shaded art-style also looks custom built to showcase the system's OLED screen. In a batch of new screenshots, Sony's shown off an enormous new futuristic industrial..
Nothing annoys us more than regional name discrepancies
But Gravity Daze or Gravity Rush — it's all the same to us. Team Siren's debut PlayStation Vita platformer thing looks incredible. Don't believe us? Catch the latest trailer after the jump.
Jump on in
Gravity Rush, previously known as Gravity Daze, is a PS Vita exclusive from Japan Studio, the devs that gave us such portable classics as Locoroco and Patapon. The game has a surreal, cel-shaded look that favors flair over realism, and gameplay revolves around a gravity manipulation mechanic that has the female protagonist jumping and...
Shuhei Yoshida has admitted in an interview with VG247 that Team ICO is "making progress" with The Last Guardian, despite development not moving as quickly as hoped
"The Last Guardian team has been making progress," Shuhei told the website. "Its been very difficult in terms of seeing the progress: not as fast as wed been hoping for, and the team has been under big..
The Team ICO Collection includes more than two of the most revered titles in PlayStation history
A post on the PlayStation Blog this afternoon has revealed the game's full range of bonus video content. The on-disc videos include prototype footage of ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus, as well as a round-table discussion with Fumito Ueda (creator), Kenji Kaido (producer) and Junichi Hosono (designer)..
ICO is widely considered to be one of the best video games of all time
Fumito Ueda's PlayStation 2 classic is a banner release, set to get a PS3 make-over next month. So of course, such an important release requires a novel. ICO: The Castle Of Mist is due out on August 13th via Viz Media. "A boy with horns, marked for death. A girl who sleeps in a cage of iron. The Castle in the Mist has..
As has been speculated for a few months now, Sony has released a title update for Minna No Golf 5 (Everbody's Golf: World Tour, Hot Shots Golf: Out Of Bounds) which brings PlayStation Move and 3D support to the PS3 classic
Unfortunately the update is currently limited to the Japanese version of the game, and is unlikely to make its way into the European and North American releases. If you happen to..
Sony's updated the Japanese websites for the upcoming ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus HD remakes
With the updated pages comes two new trailers which have been handily posted to YouTube for our embedding pleasure. Check out trailers for both games after the jump.
Sony and Team Siren's whacked up a new trailer for the cel-shaded action-adventure title, Gravity Daze
While the soundtrack used in the trailer doesn't necessarily fit the game's aesthetic, we're going to assume that's placeholder. It's the visual style that's most intriguing. Check the trailer out on the game's official Japanese website through here.
Despite being announced alongside the PlayStation Vita at its original unveiling in January, the cel-shaded action title Gravity Daze has been shrouded in mystery
However, an update on Sony's official PlayStation website has revealed a little more about the intriguing title. The game is in development at Sony's Team Siren studio, the group synonymous for the Siren games on PS2 and PS3. The game has..
We've always had a soft-spot for the Everybody's Golf franchise
While we're not overly keen on golf games in general, there's something refreshing about Clap Hanz's ability to accelerate the pace of a traditional slow sport. The gameplay is also perfectly suited to a handheld, allowing you to pick-up and play in short bursts. Everybody's Golf on PlayStation Vita certainly looks like more of the..
Sony has confirmed the God Of War Origins Collection for PlayStation 3, a compilation package featuring both God Of War: Chains Of Olympus and God Of War: Ghost Of Sparta remastered in HD
The package will support 3D and will launch in September. Also due out in September is the Team ICO Collection, the hotly anticipated double-pack featuring Fumito Ueda classics ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus..
Sony has dated both White Knight Chronicles II (PS3) and White Knight Chronicles: Origins (PSP) for a June 10th release in the UK
Both games will release on June 8th across the rest of Europe. There's new trailers for both games after the jump.
Deep down, we all knew it was coming
But now it's official: Sony's confirmed that both The Last Guardian and Team ICO Collection will miss their respective Holiday and Spring 2011 release windows. We'll give you chance to have a little sob... Producer Fumito Ueda was regretful on the PlayStation Blog, apologising for the delay but stating it was necessary to improve the quality of the product..
We tested out the PlayStation Move controlled Ape Escape game the moment its demo became available on the Japanese PlayStation Store, and we ended up liking a lot of what we saw
The game mixes traditional ape collecting with on-rails shooting, and wraps it up in a package that's befitting of the phrase "only in Japan". It's bonkers. And now it's coming to the West. Titled simply Ape..
Patapon 3, we nearly forgot about you
After previewing the game's multiplayer demo late last year, news on Sony's adorable rythmn RPG has been scarce. Thankfully SCEA's come out of the woodwork this morning to slap an April 17th US release date on the Japan Studio developed game. But why the delay? The game's producer, Chris Hinjoso-Miranda, says its because the team have been working on..
The Ape's for the Kids
Ape Escape fans have been craving a new console entry in the series for years, and it’s finally close to being upon us. Ape Escape Fury! Fury! brings a unique style of gameplay to the franchise that can only be possible with the power of Move, and we recently got to catch a few Apes for ourselves. Ape Escape became a fan...
Sony's confirmed that their ambitious mannequin puzzler, echochrome ii, will launch in time for Christmas on the American PlayStation Store
No word of a European date yet, but we're going to assume it will follow North America's lead. echochrome ii is one of the most anticipated PlayStation Move titles since the device's launch, using the motion...
Bizarre PlayStation Move paint/rhythm game hybrid, Beat Sketcher, is set to hit the American PlayStation Store on November 23rd
The whacky paint application — which allows you to draw all over your PlayStation Eye's camera feed — mixes beats and blops with pin-perfect PlayStation Move paint precision. It's all a bit weird, but it's pretty awesome what we've seen people doing with the..
Keiji Inafune may have thought the Tokyo Game Show was filled with "awful games", but one title which did get the press buzzing was PlayStation Network exclusive Tokyo Jungle
The game is set in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo in which the human race has been completely wiped out, leaving wild animals to rule the city. It's kind of hard to explain, but...
There's a Demon's Souls 2 coming, except it's not called Demon's Souls 2
Project Dark was announced at the Tokyo Game Show by Demon's Souls developer From Software, but it's coming to the XBOX 360. Sony owns the Demon's Souls IP, so while Project Dark might be a spiritual successor to Demon's Souls, it will never adorn the brand on the box. Sony Computer Entertainment Japan's Takeshi Kajii has..
Ueda's clear that The Last Guardian is not a "pet game"
He stated as much in a Q&A session on the PlayStation Blog, explaining that the player will be protected by the giant animal from the trailers. The title suggests that while the giant griffin-like animal might be the last protector of its kind, the player might run into other large beasts. Ueda's quick to point out that the player will not..
Brace yourself; this trailer for the upcoming PlayStation Move Ape Escape game is packed with smiles and overwhelming happiness
It also looks like a disappointing mini-game collection. Hopefully there's another Ape Escape game in the works — something a little more exciting than this one. Still, at least the logo's good.
Fumito Ueda, the PlayStation legend behind titles such as Ico and Shadow Of The Colossus, has revealed on his newly formed Twitter account that his team will be showing "something" at Tokyo Game Show later in the year
Amidst a bunch of lifestyle related Tweets, Ueda declared: "We should be able to show something at Tokyo Game Show, so look forward to it." The Last Guardian wasn't..
Despite looking like the spiritual successor to zany PSone classic, Incredible Crisis, our hands-on time with the PlayStation Move's Kung Fu Rider revealed some irritating control quirks
We just couldn't get Kung Fu Rider to work. It took several attempts before we realised what the game wanted from us, and even then it didn't feel especially intuitive. You play as an office worker on the run from..
The Black Phantom Edition of Demon's Souls is practically sold out everywhere in the UK
That's according to publishers Namco Bandai Partners, who are only aware of a few "dribs and drabs". "I can't give you a number, but what I mean by an 'amazing success' is that all the stock we built of the Black Phantom Edition has sold out (apart from dribs and drabs)," Lee Kirton,..
PushSquare's editor, Sammy Barker, recently got a chance to go hands-on with Sony's PlayStation Move offerings
While we were unable to get video for Sports Champions [we were too busy having fun with it - Ed], we did get chance to shoot some video for The Fight: Lights Out and Kung Fu Rider. [Big thanks to Jas-n from SonyFanatic.com for shooting and editing the footage. We really appreciate it.]
When Demon's Souls launched, there were warnings scattered everywhere that Atlus could close the game's servers within six months of its release
The game's gone on to become a smash-hit worldwide, and so Atlus has decided to sponsor the servers for an extended period. They've announced that the online portion of the "hardest game ever" will remain online until "at least" March..
No-one's talking about Echochrome ii and it's a crime
With both Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo having already blown their collective motion control load, it's gutting to see games like Echochrome ii shoved under the curtain. Yes - we know about Microsoft and Sony's attempt at the Wii Sports market, but what about something new? Something different...
What better than banging drums alone? Banging drums with friends, of course
Patapon 3's come out of nowhere. A short countdown clock on SCEJ's website culminated in a montage appearance from the drum 'em up. Now, just a few weeks after E3, we've all got our hands on the next entry in Japan Studios' Patapon franchise. And unusually for a handheld...
After a no-show at E3, we were beginning to wonder if those Ape Escape PS3 rumours were to be believed
"Pfft," we exclaimed earlier this week, "There's no Ape Escape in development at all, is there?" Cue Family Fortunes buzzer: Nugh-urgh. See, look what we just found. Amongst a Japanese PlayStation show-reel [about 2:40 into the video we've embedded after the jump], there's..
If you'd rather pump beats in your multiplayer gaming, then rejoice
Sony's confirmed over on the PlayStation Blog that they're releasing the Patapon 3 multiplayer demo on the PlayStation Store next week, July 6th. You'll get to check out new characters, online multiplayer and a bunch of other things. Check out the PlayStation Store for more details. Naturally we'll be checking this out.
Eye Of Judgement's never quite been a break-out success for Sony
The augmented reality card game still carries a fan-base though. If you're one those people still playing the game, well, hold onto your hat. Sony's announced that they're closing the game's servers on September 30th, according to a post on the European PlayStation forums. A few people in the forum are understandably gutted, but this..
Echochrome II may just be the over-looked gem in PlayStation Move's launch line-up
Riffing off the concept of shadows, Echochrome II has you using the PlayStation Move controller as a flash-light, pointing at blocks to create stages for your character to walk on. Interestingly, Echochrome II features a level editor, which allows you to draw out...
The latest issue of Famitsu magazine has revealed that White Knight Chronicles is making its way to the PlayStation Portable
Going by the game's title - White Knight Chronicles: New Project - we're assuming its progress is pretty early. No other details were given. The same issue's also the PS3's White Knight Chronicles 2 a 33/40. That's out in Japan next month.
This advert's currently doing the rounds in Japan, hyping up the release of Level-5's RPG monster White Knight Chronicles 2
The game comes packed with the original release, so is a bit of bargain.
SCEA's dated the upcoming tennis-RPG, Hot Shots (Everybody's here in Europe) Tennis for June 29th
We've contacted SCEE for a European release date and we'll let you know as and when we get confirmation. The game will launch in the US on both UMD and digital download from the PlayStation Store. Key features include RPG-style gameplay, game sharing...
Appropriately lurking in the shadows beyond all the E3 big-hitters was the upcoming sequel to Japan Studio's Echochrome
The sequel, Echochrome 2, is still all about perspective, but unlike its predecessor, this time the key to the game is finding routes within the shadows. You're able to cast shadows by pointing the new PlayStation Move controller at various objects within the environment, and the..
Playing Everybody's Tennis as though it's Virtua Tennis will leave you lying on your arse, racquet in hand
This is much simpler than that, but it requires adjustment if you've spent years on SEGA's flagship tennis franchise. Unlike said titles hold and release mechanics, hitting the ball here is all about getting into position and tapping a button. The X button hits a simple fore-hand, while the..
Despite rumours claiming Patapon 3 was about to make the jump to the big-screen, Sony's revealed that the latest iteration in the rhythmn RPG is set to release on the PSP
This time, the game's all about playing with friends via ad-hoc or Internet Infrastructure, a pretty big change to the franchise. There are even competitive modes in this new...
The pitch: you're an office worker, riding an standard office chair down a hill, trying to escape the Japanese mafia
Yep, we wish we were getting more games out of you this generation, Japan Studio. Still, Kung-Fu Rider looks brilliant.
Yup, another countdown teaser website has launched - this time by SCEJ who are teasing some kind of Patapon related beta test
The site doesn't really reveal much at all, but that's definitely Patapon, innit. The question is - why would Patapon need a beta test? Why, indeed. Check the site through here.
Ooooh - moody, mysterious, romantic, engaging
This new White Knight Chronicles 2 trailer has a bit of everything. The game's due in Japan within the next couple of months. Seeing as the Western version only just launched... Don't hold your breath for an English-language release just yet.
There's been some movement on the Ape Escape PS3 Twitter page over the last few days
The feed has been promoting an unusual fan-page, which is being slowly updated with information regarding previous Ape Escape releases. You can check out the Geocities-esque mid-nineties fan-page through here. As the page updates with information on the likes of Ape Escape and Ape Escape 2 though, one important..
Ape Escape PS3's coming: and this concept art released on the ApeClub's official Twitter page reveals that there's going to be more than one or two monkeys on screen at once
Try hundreds. The ApeClub's also revealed that the studio are aiming for a Q3-Q4 release date for Ape Escape PS3. That might tell you something about Playstation Move's release date.</em>
White Knight Chronicles 2 is due out pretty soon
Yep, the first tmay have only just released here in Europe (literally like a few months ago), but Japan's already gearing up for the game's sequel. This character trailer is supposed to introduce you to the characters. Unfortunately, we haven't got a clue what's going down. But Japanese people will. 'Cos, that's the intended audience really. Everyone..
The Ape Club's just dropped this working logo for Ape Escape PS3, claiming that Sony reps have described the upcoming title as the best Playstation Move game to date
The Ape Club has also hinted that Ape Escape PS3 will have "something no other Ape Escape games have". Narrows it down then. We're very excited for the inevitable E3 announcement of this game.
The Apes are Escaping again
This year. At least that's according to Ape Escape's official Twitter page, which has confirmed this morning that "Ape Escape PS3's release date is now Q2 - Q4". The new Ape Escape was confirmed as a Playstation Move title a few months back, and it's very likely we'll be seeing much more of it at E3. The original Ape Escape was released alongside the PSone's D
Demon's Souls is finally coming to the UK
The innovative exclusive RPG has been privy to enormous viral exposure since it launched in the US - a refreshing nod that players do still care about experiences rather than marketing. And due to the splash the game has caused in the US, it's finally going to hit the UK next month. Check out the trailer for some footage and review anecdotes. We actually..
You may a remember a little announcement at Tokyo Game Show last year regarding Playstation Room
The service was essentially designed to replicate a Playstation Home-like experience on the PSP, allowing players to create avatars, decorate rooms and interact via chat and blogs. The service's been in beta for some time over in Japan, but was today...
The original White Knight Chronicles has only just come out in the West, but the sequel is very much a real thing in Japan
So much so, SCEJ has just released a bunch of new shots for the Level-5 collaboration, courtesy of GameWatch. The visuals look pretty similar to the game's predecessor, so we hope these are pretty early days. White Knight Chronicles 2 is due out this year in Japan.
Anyone who has fond memories of the PSones zany Incredible Crisis will be instantly at home with the SCEJ developed Playstation Move title Slider
The pitch is thus: in a cartoon, physics-led environment, you use the Playstation Move to control an office chair and its employee down a steep hill, desperately trying to escape a bunch of angry mobsters...
Demon's Souls is a rare beast
The game, developed in conjunction between Sony and From Software, has gone on to become one of Playstation's system sellers in the US - all due to favourable word of mouth. The game's sold nearly over 250,000 copies. So why did Sony pass the publishing off to Atlus then?That was a mistake, said SCE localisation liaison Yeonkyung Kim. It should have come out as a..
So, just to cement the outrageous Sony line-up that kicks off with MAG in January, Sony has announced that the long-awaited import of White Knight Chronicles (sub-headed "International Edition") will launch in the USA on February 2nd
The game is a localised version of the Japanese release from earlier in the year, with 50 new quests, voice chat, Georama and Live Talk to boot. It's a shame White..
If you think about all the big Playstation 3 games since launch, chances are they came from a Western developer
Aside from the odd title here or there - Siren: Blood Curse, Trash Panic, Eye Of Judgement - a lot of Sony's Studio Japan output has been on PSP over the past few years. Sony Worldwide Studios honcho Shuhei Yoshida is fully aware of this, explaining "their focus was shifted onto the..