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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  • OMG! OMG! OMG! MotoStorm!?, Assassin’s Creed!? Rock Band!? And last but not least NFL 10? WOW! Sony got the third party developers on board again and they just kicked the DSi/DS Light empires door down!

  • before trophies on the psp, i’d like to see a system where we can compare trophies over the web.

  • so Sony does remember it has a handheld! Glad to hear that.

  • Holy crap,Color me very impressed!,Every single thing mentioned with the exception of rockband,and Guitar hero is on my list of 1st day buys,I already have a PSP and am really looking forward to Resistance retribution,LBP Motorstorm,and assassins creed in PSP ,Along with the hugh PS3 line up with Killzone 2,RE 5,Heavy rain,Uncharted 2,Infamous,GOW 3,Ratchet and clank Future 2(We all know its coming this year)New team ICO game and god sooo many more,Sony!! You need to invent a frigging machine that slows down time or something!,Cause there just isnt enough time !.At least try to space all these games out a bit as I am still trying to play catch up with all the games I have already from 2008 and the beginning of 09,I havnt even had time to visit Home in quite a while cause I am soo back up with trying to finish up games right now(I am a completionist so I try to 100% games before moving on and sometimes it takes quite a while.But anyways Excellent job Sony,Yall are really pulling thru this year.

  • Very very cool. Can’t wait to play Assassin’s Creed and LBP on the PSP. Sounds great.

    But come on Sony, my daughter’s going to be bugging me for a Hannah Montana PSP now. Thanks a lot.

  • Ugh. We don’t need anymore PSP bundles. It would behoove SCEA to focus on games. (3 games isn’t enough.) I think its pretty clear thats the reason the system is failing so terribly.

    Lol & the Hannah Montana pack. I thought Hannah was over and it was all about the horrible Jonas Brothers now. Of course I’m an adult and not ten year old child. I’m not up to date on these things.

  • Are you guys for real? Sony just dropped a atom bomb on the hand held market! SONY FTW!!!

  • whoever says PSP is dead is a FEWL. this has got to be the year of PS3 and PSP. sounds soooo awesome! its not even E3 week yet and the good news is already starting to roll out. this is gonna be such an amazing year. cannot wait for all the treaties. and finally the much anticipated warhawk space is going live. YES!


  • Wow, this is really amazing news! Can’t wait for all these PSP games! Yipee!!!!

  • Awesome news. Please have ambience music in the Warhawk space, nothing worse than deafening quietness like in Gamer’s Lounge and Far Cry 2.

    Please let me create my levels on LBP PSP and transfer them to the PS3.

  • FINALLY!!!

    at long last… Hannah Montana… debuts on the PSP! way to awaken the PSP market and lure kids (mostly girls) to it! an answered prayer!

    and yes, LBP portable? another hit! if I get a PSP, i’ll pick up LBP portable!

    finally, SCE did the right thing. hope there will be more Disney Channel and Disney XD- based games for the PSP in the future, for this is just the beginning of PSP’s counterattack!

    but hopefully, SCE and Namco Bandai port for US Players the PSP Gundam Games… it will be good if they did it too.

  • one word:


  • call me whatever, i would rock that colour. just call it the prince edition.

  • This is all very awesome, between this and Persona for PSP being confirmed for the US, consider my day made. :)

  • finally my psp will be coming back to life….i only really got it for crisis core (cool game but not all what i thought it would be) but assassin’s creed and LBP…hell yea!

  • The PSP is getting some good attention here. Bravo, I say- Bravo! :)

  • The good times keep on rolling! Great job securing Rock Band for the PSP! Guitar Hero may have been a cash cow for Nintendo but for Sony Rock band will be huge on the PSP! Great way to hit the casual markets, and tween markets in one year with targeted games while giving the hardcore gamers some more stuff to look forward too!

  • OMG, Motorstorm + LBP on PSP. I can’t believe!!!

  • Looking forward to the Assassin’s Creed game.

  • I like! :)


  • The PSP LBP game is a near-certain purchase on my end.

  • littlebigplanet
    motorstorm: arctic edge
    assassin’s creed
    rock band unplugged (YES!!)
    nfl 10
    pga sports 10
    dissidia final fantasy
    hannah montana


  • AWESOME!!! I’ve been hoping for LBP Portable for quite some time. I’m all over that. I’m sure it’ll be true 2D, which will be really cool. It’ll be easier to design for and have less problems…

    Lilac PSP is gorgeous. I may have to suck it up and buy some Hannah Montana games.

  • OMFG Has anyone seen the trailer yet for PSP motorstorm?!?! It looks freaking amazing!! I think this one may actually be better then the PS3 version!! I mean cmon, collapsible platforms!!?! AVALANCHES!?!? WOO!!1

  • Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

    HELL YEA please re read that quote.

    So here’s a breakdown of what we’ve got coming this year so far with obviously more to come.

    1 MAG- I’ve been supporting it since day one check me out on the boards
    2. NEW PSP bundle hopefully with a PSP2
    3. Killzone 2, God of War 3, Infamous, Uncharted,soo much more.

    OMG I don’t think PS3 will have any more consoles to compete with by the beginning of 2011

  • OMG OMG a Hannah Montana PSP Entertainment Pack can’t wait

  • Wow, that is some amazing news

  • Dang, I want a PSP now.

  • Very nice. I can’t wait to play Motorstorm, and Little Big Planet on PSP. Hopefully the rumors are true about the new PSP-4000 that will have a slide screen, and no UMD slot. As I have said a few times before I promised myself that God of War: Chains of Olympus was the last PSP game I would buy on UMD, so hopefully we will here about all new releases available day and date retail/PSN soon. I have a huge catolgue of baclk titles to jump on once Sony is ready to take my money.

    Seriously, Sony. Check my D/L history on PSN. This is not coming from a guy trying to BS you. When I say fix the video store DRM, or bring all PSP games to PSN, and I will support you, it is no joke. I don’t have a download list over 300 paid items just because. It has been my goal since day one of PSN to support it as well as possible, and to try and give you the funds to grow it into something amazing.

  • I’m 24 and I own a PSP, same say it’s for kids I say it’s for all gamers but now that there’s going to be a Hannah Monatana PSP bundle i’m really starting to re-think this whole kid thing.

  • Joygasm.

    LBP and Motorstorm for the PSP?! AWESOME.

    Looking very very forward to all of this.

  • Wow, that’s some awesomely big news; lots of stuff to look forward to this year that I didn’t even know to look forward to. Of course, it would be even more awesome if some of these were available day one on the PSN :)

  • I.. love you sony. I want to make love to you.

  • nice PSP line-up, i’ll pick up LBP, Assassins Creed, and Motorstorm as long as their good but i’m questioning Rock Band Unplugged I mean how will the gameplay work for that? I wanna pick that up as well but i’m just wondering about the gameplay

  • Awesome news for the PSP. Now how bout showing it some love this week and giving us some more PS1 Classics. :D

  • Yes PSone Classics please! Also to poster 123:

    I’m 23 as well and I own a PSP it’s for teens, to adults not like the DS where it’s kids to tweens.

    This is a great move by Sony they had said that third party developers were back on board in a big way this is what they meant! All of these are Exclusive to the PSP!

  • Wow, i guess im actually going to use my PSP now..

    maybe this will change the tide in europe and the U.S?

    The psp is selling amazingly well in japan..

  • It’s about time Sony releases some pink stuff in North America. Europe got the pink ps2 awhile ago.. But really I am a girl gfamer, I like pink stuff and hardcore games. I can’t say I’ll definetly get th LIlac PSP, but maybe sometime, but it’s definetly nice to see Sony isn’t afraid of pink in the U.S. What would be really nice that I’d buy is a pink PS3 controller. There are alot of girl gamers (that aren’t tweens too) that like pink that would buy a pink controller.

  • Awesome news Sony! Now if we can get some more downloadable titles (PS1 or original content) to fill the breaks between these blockbuster PSP titles, then we will be all set.

    I think the expanded focus on female gamers is an excellent strategy, this is the “blue water” market that the DS has begun tapping into and I am confident the PSP can perform well among this segment.

  • It would be awsome if you guys would offer UMD games in the ps store like in japan, I would buy so many psp games.

  • I am always ignored when it comes to the subject, but great strategy for the “tween girl” audience. I made a reference to this earlier but I guess being silent on it was proof enough that it was happening. I am anticipating the new bundles coming up . . .


  • @142

    Check again, the revamped store offers the highest grossing UMD titles in a specific section (not as extensive as the Japanese Store, but rich in content just the same)

  • wow this is so unexpected. what an awesome job, especially w/ that hannah montana bundle. a lot of people are gonna go for that. def some competition w/ that ds right here.
    personally, i’m looking forward to all these new titles! assassin’s creed, lbp, and motorstorm are gonna be great! since i’m still rocking a 1000, maybe i’ll grab that assassin’s creed bundle.

    awesome job sony!

  • you forgot to mention persona and disgaea 2, year of the psp. confirmed

  • I do love the look of that grape-flavored PSP…!

  • Assassin’s Creed is the worst game I have ever played on any system. Will be avoiding the PSP version with a 1,000,000 foot pole.

    Looking forward to Motorstorm and the Persona remake though!

  • FINALLY! We are getting a Lilac PSP! No, seriously though, I’m glad Sony is FINALLY showing some support to their awesome handheld. Though I’m skeptical about MotorStorm and Assassin’s Creed on the PSP, I am definitely excited to see LittleBigPlanet and Rock Band make it over. Hopefully, 2009 will see the rebirth of the PSP!

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