Destination PlayStation News: LittleBigPlanet, MotorStorm, Assassin’s Creed, more coming to PSP

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Big news coming out of the Phoenix area, where SCEA’s annual Destination PlayStation conference is taking place. I’ve copied the entire press release for you below, but here are some of the highlights:

  • New PSP bundles coming in 2009, including an Assassin’s Creed PSP Entertainment Pack and a Hannah Montana PSP Entertainment Pack, which includes a new Lilac PSP.
  • Some of your favorite games are going portable for the first time, with exclusive PSP editions: MotorStorm Arctic Edge (also coming to PS2), LittleBigPlanet, and the Petz series.
  • The Warhawk Command Center launches in PlayStation Home this week.

There’s more, so read the rest straight from the press release. Look for more details to come later in the week.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., February 24, 2009 – At its annual retail and publisher conference Destination PlayStation®, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced its unprecedented line up for PSP®(PlayStation®Portable), including a new hardware offering that extends the PSP market to young female gamers, the debut of blockbuster franchises MotorStorm® and LittleBigPlanet™ on the platform, and major software support from Disney Interactive, Electronic Arts, MTV Games, Square Enix, Ubisoft, and other publishing partners.

“With a year of record sales ushering us into the new year, we continue to raise the bar on providing consumers the deepest and broadest entertainment content for every member of the family to enjoy,” said Jack Tretton, president and CEO, SCEA. “With new content being added every day to the PlayStation Network combined with an unmatched line up of exclusive titles on PSP, and the roll out of truly groundbreaking games such as Killzone® 2 for PS3, we remain confident in our approach and strategy for another record year of growth and momentum.”

SCEA also previewed its deepest and broadest content line up for the PS3 system, including groundbreaking exclusives such as Killzone® 2, inFamous, MLB®’09: The Show™, MAG, UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves and God of War® III to hit throughout the fiscal year. Promising to be a blockbuster hit, Killzone 2’s immersive and sensory gameplay sets the stage for PlayStation’s continued momentum on the PS3 this year, accompanied by truly innovative and genre-defying content such as MAG, the industry’s first online shooter to allow up to 256 players, combined with artistic and niche games like Flower™ and Ragdoll Kung Fu™: Fists of Plastic on PlayStation®Network.

With a rapidly growing install base, the PSP platform is riding a wave of momentum that will be paired with a new hardware offering and its best software line up to date, demonstrating significant support from SCEA’s publishing partners. Two new limited-edition PSP Entertainment Packs will be available in 2009, bundling everything consumers need to jump onto the PSP platform, from the hardware to games, videos, and other content – all for $199.99 (MSRP).

• Hannah Montana PSP Entertainment Pack – As part of a new focus on expanding the PSP market to female gamers, SCEA will launch this new bundle in July. The pack includes the introduction of the “Lilac” PSP system, Disney Interactive’s Hannah Montana PSP game (an exclusive dancing and rhythm action game for gamers to design the show and go on tour as the teen icon), a selection episodes from the Hannah Montana TV series on UMD, a 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo, and stickers to customize the PSP.
• Assassin’s Creed™ PSP Entertainment Pack – Ubisoft will debut an exclusive installment of the popular Assassin’s Creed franchise on PSP later this year. To commemorate this highly anticipated title, SCEA will launch a new bundle that includes the game, a “Piano Black” PSP, and other content that will be announced later.

SCEA’s push toward teen and “tween” girl gamers will also be supported by Ubisoft’s Petz® software line, which will make its debut on PSP with new, unique titles later this year. The Petz series allows young players to create and care for cute, furry pets chosen from many different breeds of dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, dolphins, tigers and bunnies.

Publisher support for the PSP system will continue throughout the year with Rock Band Unplugged™, launching exclusively on PSP. MTV Games and Harmonix announced separately that gamers will be able to take Rock Band Unplugged on the road with the first ever portable version of the popular music and gaming experience. Rock Band Unplugged will take center stage as it leverages the PSP system’s Wi-Fi capabilities and becomes the first PSP game to include a fully-featured in-game store for downloadable content in the North American and Europeans markets.

The third party support for PSP will continue throughout the year with a stellar line up of titles from EA SPORTS. Madden NFL 10 will enable NFL fans to build their own formations and plays from scratch on the PSP. Then, through connectivity with the PS3, the plays can be downloaded and perfected on the console. In addition, Madden NFL 10 will deliver a faster and more “PSP-friendly” gameplay experience to adapt to the PSP owner’s lifestyle. And for the golf fans out there, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 10 will allow gamers to experience the drama of major golf tournaments with revamped gameplay modes for on and offline play. Look for more EA SPORTS titles to be announced for the PSP this year.

Rounding out the unprecedented publisher support, Square Enix’s DISSIDIA™ FINAL FANTASY, which has sold 850,000 units since launching before the holidays in Japan, will make its way to North America this summer.

From a first party perspective, SCEA will bring its biggest franchises from the PS3 to the PSP this year, starting with MotorStorm® Arctic Edge and LittleBigPlanet™ in Fall 2009. These titles will be built from the ground up for PSP, offering users a unique portable experience based on the critically acclaimed franchises. Following are details for each game:

• LittleBigPlanet – Developed in conjunction with MediaMolecule, the critically acclaimed game LittleBigPlanet makes its way to the PSP, offering new SackBoy™ adventures with the same play, create, share experience for gamers on-the-go, in addition to brand new levels and environments specifically created for the platform.

• MotorStorm Arctic Edge – Developed by the award-winning Bigbig Studios, the team behind the best-selling Pursuit Force™ series, MotorStorm Arctic Edge sees the music, the festival and the brutal off-road racing arrive in the breathtaking yet lethal and unpredictable setting of Alaska. The game is also expected to hit the PlayStation 2 platform in Fall of 2009.

As the connective tissue of the PlayStation experience across the PS3 and PSP systems, SCEA announced continued PlayStation Network content from new movie releases through the video delivery service and new game spaces for PlayStation®Home. Launching this week, the new “Warhawk™ Command Center” space makes its way into PlayStation Home offering Warhawk fans a new place to socialize and strategize featuring the sand table. PlayStation Home is the ultimate social community gathering gamers via a rich, 3D high-definition environment and will continue to expand overtime.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the ground-breaking PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system and its online and network services the PlayStation®Network and PlayStation®Store.

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets, and distributes software for the PS one, PlayStation 2, PSP and PS3 for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

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  • Pretty cool, I am looking forward to these releases, especially the Warhawk space. Any new on a Heavy Rain release Date?

  • An Assassin’s Creed, MotorStorm, AND LittleBigPlanet PSP game. Now I’m really gonna need to pick one up, awesome.

  • Great to see some new PSP games get announced! I’m really excited for that new Motorstorm… And I hope that Assasin’s Creed will be good. It better not be some washed out port with clunky controls.

  • The support from Ubisoft is OVERDUE! but.. we don’t want Petz.. sorry. Seriously, it’s an industry joke we could all do without. Assassin’s Creed should have been on PSP before Mobile and DS.

    I’m happy to see first party properties getting PSP interations too. I can’t wait to see the direction LBP takes on the go.. MotorStorm is just gonna rock.

  • I see why you say this is the year of the PSP, but i believe its also a very spectacular year for the PS3. Motostorm, Assassins Creed and LBP for the PSPs are must buys for me, maybe a few others.

    But i do have one question:

    When are we going to hear more about MAG?

  • Yeah, ditto on Heavy Rain, and are we really getting MAG and GOW3 this year? Some new screens of MAG would be nice. And speaking of Warhawk, when is the PSN price dropping? I want it on my HDD at all times, but I’m not payig $30 to do it. I’ll stick to the disc till it drops.

  • Please allocate more resources to Slant Six Games. They desperately need the help to actually complete Socom 5 months after launch.
    Make it happen Sony!

  • Hey Jeff,

    when are we going to hear about the results of the PS blog survey…??


  • After SFIV and KZ2 my next must buy item :
    a PSP !

  • Awesome.

    Hey Jeff, do u know when is the PS3 coming out in South America?

  • wow, lots of psp love!

  • Pretty cool stuff in here…

    A little late on the Warhawk Home space though, seeing as how the game isn’t even being supported by the devs anymore. We need more game spaces and things to do in Home rolled out faster. One new game space every few months just isn’t going to cut it.

    Not to mention $5 for a virtual Santa outfit is a joke.

  • LittleBigPlanet on the PSP is a great idea. It’s going to be interesting to see what Media Molecule can do with the limited hardware of the system, seeing as LBP for the PS3 pretty much filled up the Blu-ray Disc. And since online is such a big thing for the franchise, it’ll also be interesting to see how that is distributed through the PSP, seeing as it doesn’t have the same universal support for the PlayStation Network as the PS3 does. Creating & saving levels online could be a hassle for those who don’t have enough space on their Memory Stick.

    Also, any connectivity with the PS3 version seems like an obvious choice. I hope Media Molecule can pull this off.

  • stellar i was wondering when that Warhawk space would drop. and btw love what your doning with the psp keep up the good work!

  • Glad to finally see an official LBP PSP announcement!

  • I’m stoked! LBP on the PSP, sign me up for that!!!

  • This is great news an all but, I still cant see myself spending $43 on a PSP game. If these UMD games were priced between $25-$35 I’d buy a lot more.

  • well to be totally honest i didn’t enjoy assain creed at all… i think it suck, the game had to much hype for nothing… there no way in heck will i ever get that game again or on psp for that matte

  • Sounds great!

  • It’S awesome to hear the news for my PSP. Can we have a sequel to Chains of Olympus, God of War is one of my favorite psp games? :o)

  • I was expecting something about PSP trophies coming!!

    Assassins Creed and LBP for PSP will be awesome!!!!!!!!

    Hope more titles like these for the psp come in the future!

  • Congrats guys!! Can’t wait for LBP on PSP! Even more PSP colors here in the states PLZ!!!!

  • Come on do a post about BURN ZOMIBE BURN for this week :D

    Still no reason for me to get a PSP yet :( It just can’t give me what my DS has. RPGs and *NEW* Castlevania

  • Very excited to see what Rock Band Unplugged and LBP look like. But overall great line-up I’m glad SCEA is trying to get more 3rd party support and bring more 1st party games to PSP. :D

  • Very nice.

  • So when can we expect some new MAG info and videos, to see the game in action? Its probably one of my most anticipated games since Slant Six ruined Socom.

  • I’ve owned a Playstation since 1998 and all three of them plus PSP and this is the biggest year I have ever seen.. And all I got to say if your A PSP and PS3 owner your going to be very happy this year. And I might have to sell off my other game system just to get more good game’s for PSP LOL!!!!

  • Oh…



    No… BEYOND AWESOME!!!! This is just the push that my favorite portable console needed… I mean…

    Rock Band on the PSP!
    LittleBig Planet on the PSP!!!!
    Motorstorm on the PSP!!!!!!!

    Those three exclusive games ALONE should be enough for ANYONE to want a PSP!!!! And this is just the beginning!!!!

    GREAT WORK SONY! You’re REALLY pulling the tricks outta your sleeve now, and I have a feeling that you’ve got plenty of cards… no, plenty of DECKS of cards still left hidden up there!

    I can’t wait… This is going to be one heck of a ride…

  • Wow, a lot of great news. LBP and AC for PSP? Bought. Warhawk Home space is kind of exciting, but I don’t have Warhawk. I tried to win it last week, in the “I Love Ninjas” contest, but I was too late.
    Anyway, how this post could get anything less than a 5, I don’t know.

  • very Cool,
    I found the trailer for Motostorm Artic Edge (PSP and PS2) on blog
    check it out…..very good

  • Whoa Whoa, Jeff slow down. That is a ton of AAA content.

    Nice to see the PSP support growing also. And a big shout out to EA for stepping there game up the past year or so.

  • Oh yeah, forgot about Rock Band PSP. I want to see how it plays, and what kind of peripherals it will use before I get too excited though…

  • the DAY that the Assassin’s Creed bundle is available you have my $200. motorstorm and LBP are on my list too.

    maybe i should go pick up Crisis Core and Chains of Olympus right now so i don’t have to look everywhere for them later on when i get my psp…lol.

  • All I can say is HOLY CRAP! Sony is bringing the big guns this year!

    Congratulations SCEA, you guys deserve it. I was with you since day 1 of the original Playstation and stuck through with you.

  • Ask Sucker Punch if we can get a PSP and PS3 Sly Cooper that would be compatible in some way. I love Ratchet and Kratos, but Sly is my Sony mascot.

  • Rock Band? LBP? For PSP? I’m intrigued.

  • Great news, GOW3 this year??? that sure would be awesome. Hope to hear from MAG soon.

  • Haven’t used my psp after I finished Crisis Core, but beside release year, I think this will be one of the best years for the psp.

    Motorstorm was bundled on my ps3 when I bought it and I love it.

    Incredible the support the psp is getting almost 4 years after release.

    Keep up the good work sony, Great job thowing punches from behind when nintendo and microsoft weren’t expecting them.

    Go for the K.O.!!!



  • Oh my, this is a huge and very nice surprise. I’m so glad I decided on keeping PSP as my handheld of choice now. I’m definitely buying MotorStorm, LBP, Rock Band, etc. on PSP. Thank you so much Sony, you really made my terrible day yesterday go away. :D

  • WOW just wow, great stuff guys, LBP, ASSASSIN’S CREED, MOTOR STORM, just awesome, and the Warhawk space this week YAY, I’ve been waiting for that, thanks Professor Playstation for the great news and Sony ofcourse!!! :D

  • @J-skee

    I am with you on the connectivity with the PS3 and PSP versions of Little Big Planet.

  • Impressive list of new PSP titles.

  • LittleBigPlanet PSP = Sold
    Motorstorm PSP = Sold
    Rock Band PSP = Sold

    Hannah Montana PSP = Sold
    (My sister finally wants a PSP after seeing this press release.)

    This is great great news coming out of Destination Playstation.
    Loving the PSP support you guys promised!
    Here’s to hoping that the Hannah Montana PSP and Assassin’s Creed PSP are actually the PSP 4000 Series. (Just like the ratchet psp last year, announced as 2000 to released as 3000).

  • Physical Year.

    So that means that God of War III will hit in March of 2010 then? Jeff, any ideas?

  • Thank god for hannah montana pack! Been waiting for that all my life!

  • Lets get Zipper in here to tell us more about MAG. I mean 256 player maps sold me, but I am starving for some details.

    War time, its either yours or mine.

  • BTW I know you probably can’t answer–but does the new PSP bundles indicate that the rumored PSP 4000 (with sliding screen) is totally bogus? I was holding off on getting a 3000 (only rocking a 2k right now–want one with a built in mic tho) because I don’t want to get one then get busted by you guys releasing a 4k model.

  • The first trailer for Motorstorm: Arctic Edge


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