Big in India August 2011: PS3 price cut, Ra.One

This month, Sony announced details on the price cut in the region, while Disney will soon own UTV.

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GameSpot Asia is proud to introduce its new monthly column looking at all the big gaming news from India. Each month, GameSpot Asia will be recapping the biggest news straight from the nation, and for our debut column, we look at the recent PS3 price drops, Disney making moves on an Indian company, and much more.

Sony drops PS3 price in India
The PS3 was obscenely overpriced when it first launched in India, but after several reductions, it is now at par with the European price. Recently, India received another price drop for the system.

Price cuts for everybody, courtesy of Sony.

At its Gamescom press conference recently, Sony announced the latest price cut for the PS3, which is now also in effect across India. The 160GB version, which was earlier priced at Rs19,990, has now dropped to Rs16,990 ($374), while the 320GB PlayStation Move bundle, earlier priced at Rs 23,490, will now be priced at Rs19,990 ($439).

Disney set to buy out Ignition parent company UTV
UTV, one of India’s largest media houses, may soon be wholly owned by Disney. The company, whose primary operations revolve around film and television, made its foray into gaming with its acquisitions of Indiagames, the only Indian developer to feature on the Develop 100 list of top game developers around the world, in 2006, and Ignition Games in 2007. Disney already owns a 51 percent stake in UTV and, according to media reports, has made an offer of Rs2,000 crore (approximately $438 million) to buy out the remaining stake.

UTV also owns Ignition Games, which recently released El Shaddai.

If the acquisition does go through, it is unclear what this means for the gaming division at UTV. Disney’s own gaming arm, Disney Interactive Studios, shut down Blackrock (developers behind Pure and Split Second) in July and Propaganda Games (Tron: Evolution) earlier this year.

Ra.One: The Game announced for September release
Sony has announced that a game based on the upcoming Bollywood action flick Ra.One is currently in development for the PS2 and PS3 (via download on PSN). The title is a collaboration between Sony and Red Chillies Entertainment, the film production house headed by Shahrukh Khan, who also happens to be the star of the movie and the protagonist in the game. While the movie is set for release in October, the game will be out in September and serve as a prelude to the movie.

Players will get to control a digital version of the famous Indian actor this September.

In the game, players have the option to play as one of two characters-–Ra.One and G.One. The game is currently under development at Mumbai-based Trine Games in collaboration with SCEE in London. Shahrukh Khan has himself developed the storyline for the game, which will feature six prominent characters from the film.

Street Cricket Champions sequel coming to PS3 with Move support
Last year, developer Trine Games released Street Cricket Champions, a unique take on India's favourite sport in the form of gully cricket. While that game was released for the PSP and PS2, a sequel is currently in the works for the PS3, which will be played entirely using the PlayStation Move motion controller.

Feel the might of cricket, now with Move controls!

Cricket is one of those sports that seem the perfect fit for motion-control tech like the Move or the Wii, so it’ll be interesting to see how Trine manages to implement Move controls. Move Street Cricket (tentative title) will feature all three disciplines--bowling, batting, and fielding--and is scheduled for release around the festive season of Diwali (October-November).

Discussion

31 comments
Reetesh
Reetesh

Finally! It took longer than the PS3 price drop for Gamespot to get a regular feature on India up and running. Better late than never :)

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

As an Indian, I just cannot describe how elated I am at this article. The sheer fact that this is going to be a monthly at least goes on to show that India's presence is being felt in the gaming market - something which I have always wanted to happen. Its only a matter of time now before the frequency of these articles is increased from once a month to once a week and then to an article a day. Here's hoping that gaming in India wakes up and we see games coming from Indian developers for consoles and PC and not just for the mobile sector. And great job Sameer Desai .. this article made my day !!!

og88
og88

@ankit1911...well i think you haven't noticed the follow up games for Don and other movie titles made a descent sale in the games market...no matter how dumb the game/plot/execution was people were lapping it up...even though it was the mobile gaming market but nonetheless made a statement. And the statistics about the ps3 owning crowd i was merely speculating. and about cs 1.6 its been in my PC for 7 years and i still havent uninstalled it. and it would only be a matter of time before things becomes worse and Rajnikanth makes a game about his movies.

sunil7
sunil7

Developing a game like ra-one is good idea but developing a game on krishna or mahabharat will be a better it has lot of character warriors better than kratos or hercules

ankit1911
ankit1911

@og88 are you seriously thinking people are so mindless of what developer makes a game here that you think people would even consider buying a ra one game .We know a quality game and a Ra one game is a ridiculous idea. on a different note there are 300 million househods in india and close to half of them are below the poverty line and even in the rest not even close to 5% have ps3.Most of my friends still play cs 1.6 even though they have comp that easily play cod:bo and are connected throigh lan

anoopdotn
anoopdotn

PS3 price drop is good, but it has come very late. Its almost 5 yrs since PS3 has been launched and they are thinking "now" to reduce it for India. That really sucks. I heard PS4 is getting ready for 2012-13, so whats the point in doing it so late.

anoopdotn
anoopdotn

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the_requiem
the_requiem

Wake me up when we start getting pre-order bonuses. Game based on a Bollywood movie made by an Indian studio? Yeah right. But am sure there are plenty of SRK fanboys who will lap it up. Am yet to say a "decent" game coming out of India.

ash162
ash162

Can anybody advise me which connection they use for the ps3 and if the psn is any good??

ash162
ash162

Glad to see GS giving press space to India which is a huge tech market, that just needs attention of developers around the world. Since the internet connectivity is crap its a great market for SP games. Also it was nice to see a unique game like el shaddai being released by an indian company. And reliance has a hand in codemasters for those who didnt know!!

og88
og88

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og88
og88

Ra.One....obviously its going to suck.....but then again with a population of over 1.2 billion taking into account atleast 5% own a ps3 and 75% of them would be mindless SRK fans so even if it is crap in execution (obviously the story would be dumb since its written by SRK) its still going to be big in the market. Wii cricket??? really??? how many Indians do you think owns a wii???

striderkkl
striderkkl

Awesome ! Big PC gamer from India . Loving the new column

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

I am pleasantly surprised to see India feature on GameSpot news and I give my thumbs up. Good to see the site doesn't ignore a considerable number of Indian gamers in their community. Also yay for PS3 price drop! :D

piyush18
piyush18

Ha ha.. Ra one the game... No offense but really.. And ps3 price drop is fine but there should be a xbox 360 price drop.. Happy to hear some India news though.

yehta
yehta

yeah... from india and a big fan of SRK RA.ONE surely to play on my PS3

rocksetr_7
rocksetr_7

So, Gamespot is going to be india-friendly.. hmm Let's See how that turns out :p __________________________ From Mumbai

mdprasad
mdprasad

just made use of the price drop...not to get to the ps3 exclusives

true_gamer007
true_gamer007

Yeah!! PS3 price drops. Good to see India in the news. I wish India could be more active on gaming so dat one day we'll see gamespot in India.

krishnaV_
krishnaV_

The Indian market for console games is growing.. and real fast.. PS move proved to be a greater success in India as compared to the Xbox's Kinect.. Although this religion hasn't evolved to online play (where microsoft has the higher hand worldwide), single player games are on a rise. A price cut is indeed a good strategy, but is Sony hinting a PS4 around the corner ?

marvel456
marvel456

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prans4u2000
prans4u2000

I wanna know about the situation regarding the PS Move sharpshooter and the playstation monitor.................

rohanthedreamer
rohanthedreamer

thts gr8 gamespot.... big in india column....although Ra.One is gonna suck big time, ps3 price cut is a good news....

mitesh670
mitesh670

Very very happy see news about gaming market in india. It's nice that sony cut the price of ps3 but actually the need to cut price of the games titles too, to stop piracy. They cut the price of ps3 because of pirates crack ps3. SRK is not BigB but he is cool for this generation & he is making a superhero movie & a game, that's awesome.

srujay
srujay

Great to see India in the Gaming news! WE ARE A LUCRATIVE AND HUGE MARKET!

Harrymanhunter1
Harrymanhunter1

alright price cut :D.But...WTF?!! Another cricket game?!!! CRICKET SUCKS!!And I think Ra.One the game will be VERY BAD.

krishnaV_
krishnaV_

That's good news.. A price cut is always welcome :D

Jekyl87
Jekyl87

Good for gamespot. Our games industry finally gets some press time. Now just to kill piracy somehow for India to become a profitable gaming market. P.S. Well done Sameer.

poovannaorcbane
poovannaorcbane

Raone what ??? it will s**k looks like a b-grade copy of TRON EVOLUTION

amirzaim
amirzaim

Whoa....some devs still make games for PS2 until today, but it is downloadable from PSN? PS2 still popular among third world countries, which most of them can't afford to buy PS3. India seems agreessive towards being a game dev hub.