Killzone 2 delayed, PSP touted at EU PlayStation Day

Sony Europe's London show offers PSP video download previews, Motorstorm Pacific Rift demo, Resistance 2 sneak peek; European release for Guerrilla's shooter pushed to 2009, Media Molecule's adorable platformer also nudged back one month in region.

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Despite frequent delays to flagship products such as the PlayStation 3 and PlayTV, Sony Computer Entertainment has long emphasised its commitment to Europe. The console manufacturer made a huge splash last year at the Leipzig Game Convention--the continent's biggest trade show--when it announced a plethora of new products such as the Go!Cam PSP camera and the Go!Explore GPS navigation system. Today, the Japanese electronics firm will return to Europe for a new event in London, with SCE president Kaz Hirai and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe president David Reeves both in attendance.

The event at the indigO2--part of what was once the Millennium Dome--features an extensive press conference hosted by Reeves and Kirai that GameSpot UK will be liveblogging, followed by an opportunity for the press to sample products from Sony's 2008 lineup. No specific games from Sony's roster have been confirmed, although European-developed LittleBigPlanet, Killzone 2, and Home are likely to be highlights.

Liveblog Archive

5:34 BST: With the journalists becoming restless after a one-and-a-half hour presentation, Reeves wraps up the show and invites us to play the games.

5:32 BST: This means that classic PSP games will be available for download later in the year. Like the video store, games will be downloaded and stored on your PC, for transfer to the PSP over USB.

5:31 BST: Go!Explore will launch in most major European territories next month. Starting in the summer, expect to see classic UMD titles for download. Wipeout and Gran Turismo on PSP shown on the presentation slide.

5:29 BST: PlayTV will be launching in Europe in September.

5:29 BST: The next focus for Sony is music, and a new show for PlayStation Network will highlight unsigned music from around Europe. Spencer and Martin will be guiding you through the musical jungle in their bright yellow campervan.

5:25 BST: Echocrome will be the Rubik's Cube for the PlayStation generation, according to Reeves. We're shown a young male and female couple playing the game on PS3 and PSP, and it will be on show on both formats on the show floor.

5:23 BST: "Gaming is an acceptable, if not desirable form of entertainment," says Reeves. More sales figures, with 6.7m sales of EyeToy, 12m for SingStar, and 6m for Buzz. A new EyeToy Game called EyeToy Play Hero, which will come with a sword peripheral. There'll also be a new EyeToy game based on PomPom dancing.

5:20 BST: Go!View will use a computer to download video content, which can then be transferred to the PSP to watch on the go. Looks very similar to the iTunes/iPod integration. It will include films and sport. As for a similar service on the PS3, Reeves says to "watch this space."

5:19 BST: We're moving onto Go!View on the PlayStation Portable. When it launches on June 30, it will be the first downloadable service of its kind, incorporating content from Sky on a subscription or pay-per-view basis.

5:17 BST: We're shown more examples of BD-Live: Water Horse will have a virtual pet, Walk Hard will have extra bonus content. Vantage Point will have a "GPS Tracker," although we're not told what that actually means.

5:15 BST: David Reeves can't help but celebrate the success of Blu-ray this year, saying that European PS3 owners are embracing the new format. BD-Live is being flaunted as the future of the format, and from June we'll be getting Men in Black in Europe incorporating BD-Live. Features will include interactive trivia games and "exclusive downloadable materials." Colour us excited.

5:10 BST: Every stage of the GT Race Academy will be filmed and made available online for download on the PlayStation Network.

5:08 BST: The GT Race Academy will allow virtual racing drivers to see if they can also perform in real life. It will launch on the 23rd May on the PlayStation Network, although Sony is being incredibly sketchy about the ACTUAL details.

5:07 BST: Gran Turismo 5 has sold 1.5 million copies, and in conjunction with Nissan, they are going to be running the GT Academy. Virtual and real-life competitions--the prize being a real-life race in the 24-hour Dubai Race next year in a top-of-the-line Nissan.

5:04 BST: Mirror's Edge is a free-running action game set in a contemporary city. The main character of Faith can be seen wall-running, diving backward and shooting, and performing acrobatic hand-to-hand combat. No release date, unfortunately, but the new trailer will be released later in the week.

5:02 BST: Sean Decker joins the proceedings to talk about EA Dice's new game Mirror's Edge. You will be put in the shoes of a character called Faith. We're being shown a new trailer that will be available in HD on the PlayStation Network later in the week.

5:00 BST: Just to confirm the earlier Killzone 2 release date of February 2009--no news on whether this is worldwide, but as this is a European conference, that will definitely be the Euro release date. [UPDATE] Thus far, this delay has been announced for Europe only.

4:57 BST: Water can be used to cool down the engine temperature, adding a new tactical element to the game. Bikes, ATV, rear-wheel drive buggies, rally cars, racing trucks, and mudpluggers will return, with new monster trucks for the first time. There'll now be split-screen racing for up to four players, with 16 players online.

4:54 BST: Motorstorm Pacific Rift will have 16 brand-new tracks, twice as many as the last outing. We're shown the new vegetation technology, which is there to be bent, broken, and crushed. Only the larger vehicles can destroy it, so smaller vehicles have to avoid it or follow larger vehicles.

4:52 BST: Hollywood says that the new Motorstorm will add new aggressive moves, dangerous, unpredictable events, with "the island" at the center of this. Influenced by the islands of Hawaii, with waterfalls and volcanoes, but no hula dancing or Elvis.

4:50 BST: Motorstorm 2 will be called Motorstorm Pacific Rift. Paul Hollywood joins the stage to talk about the game and always putting the player at the centre of the action.

4:49 BST: Metal Gear Solid 4 will be launched 12th June, with an exclusive MGS4/PS3 40GB bundle.

4:48 BST: Price is concerned that more players could possibly harm the multiplayer game as much as it could expand it. Every squad gets a rival squad, and with 60 players on the field, there are always going to be five or six players who'll you'll develop a hatred for. You'll often be spawned close to these players, according to Price.

4:46 BST: We're being shown work-in-progress content from Resistance 2 multiplayer. Mobile bubble shields are shown on soldiers in multiplayer, as well as static flat shields. You WILL be able to play as the Chimera, although they're not shown in the video. The game will be going from 40 players to 60 players online.

4:44 BST: Ted Price of Insomniac jumps onstage to talk about Resistance 2. MyResistance.net will be receiving a full upgrade, and is compared to Facebook in the way it will work.

4:42 BST: We're now being shown a new video for Killzone 2, and it will be playable on the show floor tonight. The video doesn't seem to show off anything startlingly new, but we'll report back later on when we've played the game itself.

4:40 BST: Killzone 2 will be released in February 2009 in Europe.

4:39 BST: We're now being shown a compilation of videos uploaded by SingStar users online. Dancing Chewbacca covers the Scissor Sisters; journalists collectively cringe. Next up is a video from LittleBigPlanet--Sony clearly has a lot riding on this title. The developers at Media Molecule have re-created some of the characters from Killzone, so hopefully they'll make it into the final game.

4:34 BST: Moving onto user-generated content and sites like Facebook and Flickr, Reeves highlights the way you can change the PlayStation 3 media bar, as well as SingStar and Buzz. 220,000 copies of SingStar PS3 sold, with over a million songs downloaded. Each user buys an average of over six songs.

4:32 BST: Reeves says Sony has consistently been outselling their closest competitor (read: Xbox 360) in Europe since October.

4:31 BST: Sony Europe has sold 12 million PSPs, 48 million PS2s, and 5 million PS3s.

4:29 BST: PlayStation is starting to define itself by "our passion and our desire to play." Hirai exits the stage and hands over to Reeves, not having given very much new information.

4:28 BST: LittleBigPlanet will be released on the PlayStation 3 in October. Hirai highlights the success of PlayStation Network, and says that communities will make PlayStation hardware the "staple diet for gamers." [UPDATE] Thus far, this date has been announced for Europe only, with US Sony reps saying the game has no official North American release date.

4:26 BST: Apologises for the delay of Home, and says he "will not open it up until he's happy with it." We'll get a look at how you can launch games from within Home later on.

4:24 BST: The first year of PlayStation 3 was "something of a difficult one." He says that "things have improved considerably," highlighting Gran Turismo 5: Prologue and Grand Theft Auto 4 as examples, with Metal Gear Solid 4 going forward.

4:23 BST: Hirai wants to highlight PlayStation's multi-faceted approach. Consumers are experiencing "huge leaps in gameplay and graphics," with Uncharted used as a highlight of this. He wants the PS3 to have a 10-year lifespan.

4:21 BST: Kaz Hirai says that this is an invaluable opportunity to emphasise the importance of Europe to Sony. He's bringing out the stats: 10.5m PS3s sold worldwide by the end of last year, 34m PSPs, and 127m PS2s.

4:19 BST: Reeves introduces Kaz Hirai, who has not spoken publicly for a while.

4:18 BST: David Reeves is taking the stage, who wants to introduce us to the delights that PlayStation has over the coming months.

4:17 BST: Echocrome on the PSP is next, along with more Go! games for the portable console. Buzz! Quiz TV is shown, as is SingStar and the SingStore. More Killzone 2 footage, and what looks like Sony Home and a bowling demo. Next up is another big hitter in the form of Resistance 2.

4:15 BST: The presentations are starting. We're being shown a video about Play, with LittleBigPlanet, Go!Explore and Play TV highlighted.

4:12 BST: We're informed that after the presentation and preview sessions, Paul Oakenfold and Hot Chip will be DJing until 1.00am. Brilliant. Now show us the games!

4:09 BST: We're looking round, and behind the main presentation area are the requisite huge Sony TVs running an assortment of games. Sadly, from our vantage point all we can make out clearly is a feature on the FIFA Interactive World Cup.

7:08 PST: The keynote is set to start in the next few minutes. Attendees are politely informed to grab their drinks and canapes and grab a seat.

7:07 PST: The press badge that Sony has given us says that both Killzone 2 and Resistance 2 will be present, although we're not sure in what form. LittleBigPlanet will also be here alongside new Buzz! and EyeToy games.

7:07 PST: We're sat at the Sony PlayStation Day event in London. An assembled throng of journalists is sitting impatiently, as the keynote is due to begin in a matter of minutes. Apart from the fact that both Sony Computer Entertainment president Kaz Hirai and Sony Computer Europe chief David Reeves are set to take the stage, we have little idea about what the company intends to present.

Discussion

503 comments
shaun_mcwayne
shaun_mcwayne

this is gonna be up against gears 2, because of the similer look. being a gears 1 fan i think ill get gears first.

Cleaver426
Cleaver426

omg haze sucks I hope killone2 is way way way better! resistance 2 looks pretty solid to I cant really think of which one will be better. killzone 1 sux hope the sequel will be way better.

blink-jfg
blink-jfg

Y not bring out a demo of LBP now... even jus a small one

ResEvilFreak
ResEvilFreak

I'm not too worried about the delay considering there is Metal Gear Solid 4, Haze, Socom, Resistance 2, Little Big Planet, Wipeout HD, Vakyria Chronicles[however it is spelt], Tekken 6 not to mention the countless multiplatform titles.

ps3thabest
ps3thabest

FatherTimex killzone2 will not gonna be a disappointment from what i been seeing its goin 2 be good

otanikun
otanikun

Should have seen the delay coming

killzone_gamer
killzone_gamer

Febuary? *sigh* @necro charm: - UNLUCKY! It's about time we got some attention, you got PS3's before us, be happy dammit!

Kratos1235
Kratos1235

Exactly.Play TV looked awesome but Sony has kicked dirt at our faces. But, They will make this up with us. I'm sure of it

NecroCharm
NecroCharm

WHy doesn't Sony care about NA anymore? Seems like they only care about Euroland now and NA and Japan get the shaft!

bowlama
bowlama

any1 else feel that sony doesn't care about the psp anymore

Carashnak
Carashnak

Bochap 76 said: ""C'mon it is going on two years and Sony has yet to release an exclusive the magnitude of Halo 3 or Gears."" Popplayer22 said: "Metal Gear Solid 4? Hell the first Metal Gear Solid was an instant classic. And I'll take it over Halo or Gears anyday." Huh? I'm pretty sure he was talking about exclusives that have already been RELEASED... Also, have you played either Gears or Halo (Actually just wondering), because if not, you should never judge games solely on the reviews - Yes, that applies to MGS.

ketsuatama
ketsuatama

I wonder if Killzone will beat Duke Nukem Forever onto the market?

solidusScott
solidusScott

No God of War news? That kinda sucks. Anyway I can't wait for MGS4 and Resistence 2.

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

Im more excited bout resistance 2 and haze. Killzone was always mediocre and this one wont change that.

popplayer22
popplayer22

Bochap 76 said: "C'mon it is going on two years and Sony has yet to release an exclusive the magnitude of Halo 3 or Gears." Metal Gear Solid 4? Hell the first Metal Gear Solid was an instant classic. And I'll take it over Halo or Gears anyday.

88jim8814
88jim8814

Sony news conference. "The year of the playstation 3 has been delayed until early 2009, we feel that we did not want to impede the sales of the playstation 2 during the 2008 holiday season. sorry for the inconvenience"

twistedhades
twistedhades

KILLZONE 2 WILL ROCK I HAVE LIBERATION THE TITLE FOR THE PSP AND IT WAS GREAT I NEVERR PLAYED THE FIRST KILLZN AUSE I DIDNT SAW ANY COMMERCIALS FOR IT ON TV

FatherTimex
FatherTimex

Killzone 2 is going to be one of the most epic dissappointments in the history of gaming, marky my words.

jivemaster
jivemaster

I have a PS3 and I do like it and its potential... but seriously, where are the games? I struggle to find them. Thank god you can import some you can't get elsewhere, but it's still nuts. There is no use having so much power in a machine if people are barely about to harness it. And the best games actually worth getting are so far away. It hurts. GTA IV was the only game on the visible horizon, now others are being pushed back to 2009. Ug.

bochap76
bochap76

Maybe Sony will release some great exclusives sometime before this console generation is over. C'mon it is going on two years and Sony has yet to release an exclusive the magnitude of Halo 3 or Gears. But hey, it's a helluva blu-ray player. When Ratchet and Clank is the best offering in a year and a half, something is severely wrong. As good as it is, it doesn't appeal to the masses. As far a gaming goes my PS3 is collecting dust. As my old high school coach would say, "Let's go Sony, get your head out of your ass , and get in the game!"

osxgp
osxgp

Sony sure chose a rocky road this time around. Having a format war and competing with 2 other consoles has been an uphill battle for Sony. Game delays and 2 console configuration changes (20G & 60G to 40G & 80G) haven't helped, but they still seem to be still hanging in there. All I can say is MGS4.

airayd
airayd

dmish82, Oh don't worry, Resistance will be delayed aswell. I mean what the hell, why not?

Raivon
Raivon

Killzone 2 delayed again ?

dmish82
dmish82

@LeviHarris "There goes any hope for sony to make a dollar this christmas with killzone 2 delayed. Good job, guys." Yeah, cuz no one wants Resistance 2 right?

LeviHarris
LeviHarris

There goes any hope for sony to make a dollar this christmas with killzone 2 delayed. Good job, guys.

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

Wow. More fantastic, awe inspiring, throught provoking games that give me endless reasons to go out and willingly fritter away £300 of my hard earned cash! Not.

TrueIori
TrueIori

I was mad but then i read Ztron370 comment and it made sense

ztron370
ztron370

KZ being delayed is a good thing cus R2 is coming out this fall and having both KZ and R2 coming out in the same year would have really hurt sony.

Sony_FanBoy
Sony_FanBoy

People who are talking about the delays, need to remember that Sony doesn't rush things, on top of that this was a conference for europe, not North America or Japan.

JamesSoprano
JamesSoprano

so what they pushed back Killzone 2 .. were gonna have good titles up and coming to play during that time frame. and for the comments of sony have better exclusives .. i have to disagree i have a 360 and i don't find the games that great

killzone_gamer
killzone_gamer

OMG people are actually still making Killzone 2 then... About time we got some news :evil:

ShadoweaverCode
ShadoweaverCode

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cooldude03
cooldude03

This forum is full of pathetic desperate posts. This is a Sony article if you are antiSony you would stay away. It's like Jack Thompson playing GTA even though he complains about it. If you don't like it stay away. Sometimes silence goes farther than complaints. If you really think Sony is pointless you wouldn't waste your whole day writing useless posts, you'd be playing your 360 like I've been doing. Instead you are scared of PS3's exclusives. I personally think delay=better game. I don't find this news as a negative but a positive. Stop whining please you ruin these forums and fuel the ignorance fire.

darkride66
darkride66

Guts5 said "I had no idea these were the numbers. WOW. That's not many games bought and played on PS3s in NA at all." To put things into perspective though, the 360 was pulling in these type of numbers as well just over 1 year into the console's life. You won't hear analysts talk about slow PS3 software sales because it's currently selling as was expected given it's user base. Ok, now I'm going to get some work done.

darkride66
darkride66

09231991 said "Wow darkride66, that's horrible." I'm a big guy, I've dealt with it. I didn't mean to be a downer, I just thought that comment was pretty insensitive. You never know what people have gone through. I've stepped out of line my share of times on these forums but I wouldn't joke about something like this. I'm not even sure who posted it initially, I never saw, but we all have Yuck_too to thank for repeating it. I'm off for a bit. I should probably get some work done today. Above the belt, people, above the belt!

Guts5
Guts5

"darkride66 @ Guts5. I was just going by attach rate. 12 million consoles by 4.2 attach rate as of April. The confusion comes with just using the US numbers. I just read this morning that COD4 hit 3 million on the PS3, making it the second title to do so (the first was Motorstorm) and RFOM has almost reached this mark. The PS3 had 14 games that have sold over 1 million (all 14 combined account for 25.7 million games sold). That's half the amount worldwide right there." Ah I thought that was over the past 12 months. 50 million over the lifespan of the PS3. You even said that the first time. That would certainly lower how many games were bought per month. The math is easier. With the North American sales being 4.8Mil total being about 40% of total sales. 40% of 50 mil is 20 mil games sold total. Using simple math here. 20million games split up among 4.8mil PS3s. That's 4.1 games bought per PS3 in North america. Over 18 months since the release of the PS3. That's 1 game bought at a rate of just over 4 months per PS3. I had no idea these were the numbers. WOW. That's not many games bought and played on PS3s in NA at all.

darkride66
darkride66

Yuck_too said "Umm...maybe that is because this is a news article that upsets some PS3 owners and has nothing to do with the 360." You know what I mean. Anyone who comes to this site knows the PS3 is treated largly as public enemy number one. And Gamespot perpetuates this when they take largly positive articles like this and run with a negative headline. I was excited as hell to be a gamer when I read the coverage on another site then came over the Gamespot and was more than a little surprised to see they spun this as negative somehow. Quite frankly I couldn't care less about when Killzone comes out. There are over 200 other games coming out this year for the PS3 alone.

darkride66
darkride66

@ Guts5. Here, here! There are great reasons to own whatever console you choose, and what works for you may not work for me. Personally, I love the games on my PS3 and use it just as much for Divx and movie watching. My 360 get's played the most next, but that has only been the case since Halo 3 came and went. Before that I hardly touched my PS3 after I finished RFOM. I don't understand people's need to bash one console over another. Why not just enjoy the great titles available on the console you happen to own?

09231991
09231991

Darkride66 said - "As for my parents beating me, yeah, they did beat me which is why I left home at 16. My step-father died in a home last year and I'm not even sure where my Mom lives anymore." Wow darkride66, that's horrible. But yeah, with the 360 issue. MS said that they are going to fix the issue as best they can by the end of this year. I think its like August they said they are going to release a new 360 with updated better hardware that won't fail. I've had my 360 since July last year and my brothers have had theirs since launch and neither of us have had problems. Basically, I used to be all Nintendo all the time. When the GC, Xbox and PS2 came out, I went with the GC. I had it for 3 years until 2004, then I sold it to get an Xbox, which I loved a lot. Then this gen of gaming, I first went with the wii and sold it a month later to get a 360. I guess I never learn, huh? But the thing is is that just play what you like. The PS3 and 360 both have kickass exclusives this year. GOW 2 and MGS 4 will be the biggest competitors this year, and I love competition. I honestly believe that competition breeds greatness. When MS or Sony releases a really big AAA Title, that drives the other company to release a really good AAA title and vice versa and the cycle continues. People don't realize that the more competition there is, The better things become for us gamers, period. I own only a 360, but I plan to buy a PS3 early next year.

darkride66
darkride66

@ Guts5. I was just going by attach rate. 12 million consoles by 4.2 attach rate as of April. The confusion comes with just using the US numbers. I just read this morning that COD4 hit 3 million on the PS3, making it the second title to do so (the first was Motorstorm) and RFOM has almost reached this mark. The PS3 had 14 games that have sold over 1 million (all 14 combined account for 25.7 million games sold). That's half the amount worldwide right there.

Guts5
Guts5

"darkride66 @ Yuck_Too. I praise games I play. Frankly I don't even know what Killzone is about. The idea that someone would base their console buying habits off delayed titles when there are plenty of titles now and hundreds due out this year is what I took issue with. I'd defend the 360 as well, if someone were foolish enough to suggest selling their 360 for a PS3 right now. The 360 has a great lineup currently and more to come. Thing is, no one is bashing the 360. They're all lining up to bash the PS3." Killzone is a FPS that had some cool guns, well one in particular in the first one. It was good, not great. I thought the same about Halo3, good, but not great. I prefer COD4 for multiplayer. Anyways, the fanbois are silly I know what you mean. I tell the 360 fabois that the PS3 game base will get better and something you like may come out, if you can afford it you should get it. For PS3 fanbois I say why on earth are you still sitting on the fence when so many great titles are already out on the 360? Fanbois don't make any sense.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

--darkride66 -- "Thing is, no one is bashing the 360. They're all lining up to bash the PS3." ~~~~ Umm...maybe that is because this is a news article that upsets some PS3 owners and has nothing to do with the 360.

darkride66
darkride66

@ Yuck_Too. I praise games I play. Frankly I don't even know what Killzone is about. The idea that someone would base their console buying habits off delayed titles when there are plenty of titles now and hundreds due out this year is what I took issue with. I'd defend the 360 as well, if someone were foolish enough to suggest selling their 360 for a PS3 right now. The 360 has a great lineup currently and more to come. Thing is, no one is bashing the 360. They're all lining up to bash the PS3.

Guts5
Guts5

I have to say the 50 million game sold, doesn't add up. I won't bother posting the link, but the PS3 had one exlusive title in the last 12 months hit 1 million mark in North America and it was Motorstorm. COD4 went over 1 million I believe, but everything else was less than that. Drakes Fortune about 700k if memory serves was next on the list. Anyways, that's maybe 3 million games bought and if you add up the games that fewer than 700k people bought. That's 47 million unaccounted for titles. PS3 passed 4 million units sold in North America 3-4 months ago. So, you could say the average PS3 install base was 3.5 million during that 12 months. The NA install base is slightly less than half of total units sold. So, we'll say that still means that you're saying 20 million games were purchsed for the PS3 in NA. That's 5.7 games per unit. So, subract Motorstorm and Drakes fortune from the mix as being the best selling exlusives. And it's 5.22 games bout per unit. That's less than 1 game bought every 2 months in both cases. It also indicates that the games that were bought were non-exlusive titles 91.5% of the time. So, if your numbers are right, then things are looking pretty grim for the exlusive games played on a PS3 and games bought in general.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

--darkride66-- " I never watched the Killzone trailer," ~~~ I guess it is me who should apologize then...I simply assumed since you sit here day after day defending PS3 games that you would take a moment to actually look at the titles you so vigorously praise.

darkride66
darkride66

@ Agermemnon. I'm just relaying the numbers. Take from it what you want or verify them for yourself. Your personal sample of PS3 buying habits among your friends are about as relevant as mine but the sales numbers tell the storey.

darkride66
darkride66

@ Yuck_Too. Hi. I never watched the Killzone trailer, or saw the 2008 splash. I said below I wasn't aware that it had a launch date, and I guess it had a launch window of the year 2008. My mistake. Also, I never claimed the 360 was still faulty. I'm sure they aren't, and the majority of 360's were fine from the word go. Mine isn't, and apparently the same goes for millions of others. Great for those who buy 360's now, not so great for those of us that have had to fight with MS to get our gaming dollars worth. I'm happy that 360 owners now are getting a solid console. That's great, for them.