That's not stopping developers from casually revealing they've got the device though. Take NetherRealm's executive producer Shaun Himmerick. He's familiar with the system, and he doesn't seem to care who knows it. Speaking in an interview with IndustryGamers, the Mortal Kombat man said:
We are looking at [PSP and DS]; we have a PSP2 in the house and were looking at the engine, like what can it support, he said. Always a big thing for us is the performance.
Were running at 60 fps, what can we do and do we have to build all the art assets over. Were definitely looking at them. PSP2 looks like its a pretty powerful machine. We dont have a 3DS system in house yet, but were looking to get one, and well certainly look at what its power is.
We imagine there was a moment within the IndustryGamers office where the journos looked at each other half shocked, half satisfied. After all, the click-through numbers following this story will be pretty strong.
How can the team have a PSP2 - which, we'll reiterate, has not been announced - but not a 3DS? That's madness. And also, what does the PSP2 look like? What does it do? What are its specs? Blah blah blah.
Wow, what a crazy story. It's not the first time we've heard of wild PSP2 development kits, but we assumed they were under lock and key at Sony's first-party studios. It's crazy to think a third-party team like NetherRealm actually have a device. How has it not leaked, yet?