Katamari Forever rolling onto US PS3s

Namco Bandai confirms Sony-console exclusive installment in Keita Takahashi's quirky puzzler will see release in North America; release window undefined.

In 2007, Namco Bandai reneged on plans to bring Beautiful Katamari to the PlayStation 3, delivering acclaimed designer Keita Takahashi's quirky puzzler as an Xbox 360 exclusive instead. In March, the publisher revealed plans to make amends to Sony-supporting gamers, giving the first details of the PlayStation 3-exclusive Katamari Damacy Tribute to Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu. However, at the time, Namco Bandai was unwilling to confirm the game's release outside of Japan.

This jar is likely a metaphor for...something.

That changed today when Namco Bandai officially announced the PS3 exclusive for North America, rebranding the game Katamari Forever. Namco Bandai did not reveal a release window for Katamari Forever, though Famitsu's report pegged it for a 2009 release in Japan.

As previously noted, Katamari Forever will stick closely to the gameplay formula established in previous franchise installments, with the Prince once again rolling found objects into his katamari--or snowball-like matter amalgamator--to save the King of All Cosmos. Namco Bandai notes that Katamari Forever will have the largest selection of stages, modes, and songs of any game in the series, with a new storyline, visual effects, and graphics in 1080p resolution also party to the proceedings.

Music will again be featured prominently in Katamari Forever, and Namco Bandai confirmed that a number of classic Katamari Damacy tunes have been remixed for this most recent installment. The game will also support local multiplayer for up to two people.

For more on Namco Bandai's lineup, check out GameSpot's full coverage of the 2009 Namco Bandai Gamers' Day.

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AzelKosMos
AzelKosMos

Looking forward to getting this. Hopefully it will come to the UK, if not i will import it as i have missed the previous titles in the series.

auron11022
auron11022

Katamari Damacy was downright amazing, I love Katamari was great, Beautiful Katamari was ok.... Please do not follow the trend because I'm really looking forward to this game.

Hungry_Jello
Hungry_Jello

Yes. Finally another Katamari Game. I know I'm not the only one looking forward to this

LookOutSnake
LookOutSnake

SalarianChemist, did you even read the article? If you did, I don't see how you missed the quote: "Namco Bandai notes that Katamari Forever will have the largest selection of stages, modes, and songs of any game in the series, with a new storyline, visual effects, and graphics in 1080p resolution also party to the proceedings." There is nothing "essentially the same" between this and Beautiful Katamari because it's an all-new game in the franchise. It's called "context reading". Learn it. And you don't need to feel bad for people who only own a PS3...some people could care less about Halo, Gears of War, and a buggy, seemingly incomplete Fable II. The only game in the entire library I feel like I'm missing out on is the new StarOcean. I don't own a 360 because I don't WANT to own a 360, period; just like I'm sure there are plenty of people who don't own PS3s because they don't care to. Different consoles appeal to different people.

TSNAKE617
TSNAKE617

Why does everyone say 60$, they didn't say it would be 60, did I miss something?

Erik729
Erik729

Salarian Chemist- I'm pretty sure this is a whole new game. Not a two-year port.

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Katamari was a great game on the Xbox 360, and it still is. I actually feel bad for people who only own the PS3, because this is essentially another example of releasing a game first for the Xbox 360 (by two years), and then releasing what is essentially the same game with enough slight modifications that it gets a different subtitle in its name...But the PS3 version will be selling for $60, even though the Xbox 360 verson has been on the market long enough to become a best-seller and had its price reduced to $20. If Namco is going to release games late like this, they need to sell the PS3 version for $20 or $30 to make up for being so late.

PooManChu69
PooManChu69

Too bad I'll never get to play this game. I played the hell out of the first 3 (ignored the PSP one), but I refuse to buy a PS3 just for this game. Dunno why companies still make games just for one system.

esh_man
esh_man

PS3 is takin ovaaaaaaaa

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-starman-

@BadBoy466 It's not really justifying anything... it's just a lot of money all at once. For people that already have one system, finding enough reasons to buy a second can take some time. Sony should send Katamari's developers a thank you card. They're gonna sell some systems with this one.

EarthwormJohnUK
EarthwormJohnUK

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delcidanddarth
delcidanddarth

A new storyline!!!??? Sign me up, King of All Cosmos.

almightybob14
almightybob14

I'll be getting this just for my Katamari obsession. Unfortunately I don't have a 360 so I couldn't get Beautiful Katamari, though I did play it quite a bit at a friend's house. But I really didn't like it. It felt way too in control which kind of took away the appeal of the first two games. God I hope this game is as good as the first two.

Bodboy466
Bodboy466

@Erik729 It's like a comfort blanket for those attempting to justify their own purchases. All hardware considered, the price is actually very good.

Erik729
Erik729

When anyone mentions the price of a game, why do people always include the price of the console as well? You only pay for a console once...

Lucidmike78
Lucidmike78

Didn't the Katamari people make 2 points about how they would never release a sequel to the original, and how their games would always be like $20-30? I guess everything changed. Now it's gonna cost like $399+$60 to play the latest Katamari.

darkdude2787
darkdude2787

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I love the Katamari games but I'm too cheap to get a PS3

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-starman-

@VivaKatamari I'm with you, man. I love my Wii, but the reasons to pick up a PS3 are really starting to pile up (or roll up into a ball). I may have to suck it up and get the Drake's Forture bundle they've got in stores right now. $500 for 160gb + 3 games doesn't sound like all that much, really... and I'll get to play Katamari.

Amnesiac23
Amnesiac23 moderator

I thought Beautiful Katamari was alright. Wasn't as good as the first two games though. But this series can do no wrong in my book, so I'm sure I'll be buying this when it comes out.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

@tajirinere It's a wacky series that started on the PlayStation 2. You're a little space prince whose goofy father always seems to find a way to wreck the universe. He then assigns you to rebuild the planets by rolling a giant sticky ball (called a katamari) around to collect objects to rebuild everything. You start small (collecting coins and tacks and things) and end up rolling up buildings, whales, and all kinds of weird crap. Really silly, really fun.

tajirinere
tajirinere

ok what the hell is this game about? i've never heard of it

spazzx625
spazzx625

Beautiful Katamari was such a let down, but I will still be getting this...It's hard NOT to love a Katamari game

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Nobody liked the first two installments more than I did, but the quality really dropped off on the PSP and 360 versions. Let's hope they take the time to start over properly and bring the magic back.

voidmind
voidmind

Let's hope it's not inspired by Duke Nukem Forever's release schedule.

Rhen_Var
Rhen_Var

Awesome! I've always wanted this game, missed my chance on PS2 but not this time :D

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

Kalamari Demencia!!!!!!!! No, seriously, what is with this game?!! Rolling a ball around? At least Marble Madness was tricky and was a racing game.

ASG_
ASG_

@DDR Milked? Hmmm.

DDR_Midian
DDR_Midian

Hooray, another of Japan's most milked game franchises is giving it's udders another tug. Looks like it's already confirmed that, once again, the game is exactly like all the others. Die already.

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

wow, theres a ton of japanese games which i aint even herd of but they seem to be so popular.

lamprey263
lamprey263

they did such a bad job with Beautiful Katamari that I don't know if I can even bother anymore then again, I love the series, I hope they do great by this one

Holyknight_CJ
Holyknight_CJ

"multiplayer for up to two people" Looking forward to one person multiplayer matches. Maybe even some 1.5 player matches too.:P

king_bobo
king_bobo

Online multiplayer would be cool...

ASG_
ASG_

BS man, I live in Europe and I love Katamari. :(

jflkdjs
jflkdjs

A very cute & charming game.

HUNTER-VENOM
HUNTER-VENOM

Malco_Vincenzo Posted Apr 30, 2009 4:26 am GMT "woot now japanese games can come back to japanese systems. seriously tho" Thats one of the reasons Japanese developers are having problems now, and why there not doing so well they need to expand there market. Just think *and no I'm not saying bring it to the 360 so don't worry about that old argument* so think if MGS4 went to the 360, it's almost at 4 million copies sold *could be at or above that by now* but it could have doubled that. For the people who say 360 owners don't want MGS4 wrong most maybe all 360 owners were PS1-PS2 owners before that and played or owned a MGS game but talk trash about it because it's only for the PS3. I think it's best for known franchises to go multi-platform, while unknown ones *Little big Planet,Gears* stay exclusive to draw people to whatever console.....but that's just me. Example before I go: they announced an exclusive Castlvaina for the 360 a while back but sense then I believe it's changed to that video everyone saw and became a multi-platform, but wouldn't you be a bit angry if it was just on the 360?

NeleNel
NeleNel

Ah love the Katamari series. Good to see it still rolling along. (Stupid pun intended)

wwonka666
wwonka666

Katamari Forever, PS3, hope they bring it to 360 too though, but it doesn't matter, I can play it either way as I'm a gamer, not a fanboy.

Space_Lion
Space_Lion

I'm excited...Ps3 is getting so many great games this year. Starting with LBP in October...I've bought so many PS3 games since then. LBP, Resistance 2, Fifa 09, Killzone 2, and my second favorite PS3 game Valkyria Chronicles.