New Ratchet and Clank, Resistance 3 headline Sony Gamescom-ference

Gamescom 2010: Next Insomniac titles, new PS3 hardware bundles, and DVR functionality highlight electronics giant's Cologne kick-off.

COLOGNE, Germany--Last year, Sony used Gamescom to announce a major hardware revision of its PlayStation 3 console, the PS3 Slim. The popular console, which is cheaper to both produce and purchase than its "PS3 fat" predecessors, helped Sony achieve its goal of selling 13 million PS3s during its last fiscal year.

Last year, Sony used its Gamescom press briefing to unveil the popular PS3 Slim.

Sony's last financial report, for the three months ending June 30, saw Sony continue to profitability. That was in large part to a 32.4 percent increase in sales in its Networked Product and Services division, which includes Sony Computer Entertainment. That department was also behind the recently launched premium service, PlayStation Plus, which launched at the end of June.

What Sony might announce today is unknown. With the European (September 15) and North American (September 19) launches of the PlayStation Move just a month away, it is likely the company will offer its continental consumers a closer look at its motion-sensing system. Other possibilities include new hardware bundles, the rumored 500GB PS3, and updates on first-party titles such as Killzone 3.

[10:27] Welcome to Sony's Gamescom 2010 press conference! The lights have just dimmed and a video is now rolling on the screen showing off Sony's upcoming titles.

[10:28] Killzone 3, SingStar, and EyePet PSP seem to be included in the video.

[10:30] Andrew House, president and CEO of SCEEE takes the stage as the video ends. House says he tried to get Kevin Butler out here to Cologne, but he's far too famous now after his E3 appearance.

[10:31] He wants to keep the evening "relatively short but fun and informative"

[10:31] House is strolling down memory lane with talk of Sony's 2009 Gamescom press conference.

[10:31] Anyone remember the PS3 Slim unveiling?

[10:31] "That was the instant the PS3 truly sprang to life."

[10:32] House touts the unveiling as a turning point in the sales of the console.

[10:33] PS3 sales have now reached over 38 million worldwide and 16 million in Europe.

[10:34] PS3 software sales have increased 38 percent since last year, compared to a 2 percent dip for all consoles total.

[10:34] House points to the PS3's average Metacritic score, higher than both the Wii and 360's.

[10:35] He then extols the virtues of Little Big Planet 2 and shows the audience a new trailer.

[10:35] The trailer shows off LBP2's storytelling capabilities.

[10:36] Players can add their own cameras, non-player characters, and edit music on a virtual keyboard.

[10:37] Back to House. He's just announced two new PS3 models: 320GB and 160GB bundles.

[10:38] The 320GB bundle will sell for 349 Euros; the 160GB bundle for 299 Euros.

[10:38] These will be available in October.

[10:38] Sony will introduce a new feature called Play TV Live Chat later this year.

[10:39] Users can record, pause, fast forward, and rewind live TV. It also introduces community functionality.

[10:39] It also allows people to chat with other viewers on the fly--they're showing a screenshot of a chat room on top of a soccer match.

[10:40] House is now confirming details for MUBI, a free-to-download movie streaming app. He describes it as offering a select, quality-focused library.

[10:41] "A never-ending film festival."

[10:41] It'll be available in 18 countries starting in October, including UK and Australia. No mention of the US.

[10:42] House has just tossed to a MUBI trailer. The focus is very much on indie, classic, and foreign films.

[10:42] Pan's Labyrinth is shown, as is Donnie Darko.

[10:43] Now House changes gears to talk about the PlayStation Network.

[10:43] One million pieces of user-generated content have been uploaded in ModNation Racers.

[10:45] House announces six new Catch Up TV channels for the PS3, iTV in the UK, and Yahoo 7 in Australia, among others.

[10:45] Now, House is talking about the PSP. He admits the handheld market has been "fairly challenging as of late."

[10:46] Last year, Sony sold 9.9 million PSPs, and the system is now at over 60 million worldwide to date.

[10:47] The PS2 has sold over 146 million to date and is estimated to sell 6 million this year.

[10:47] Gran Turismo 5 is coming out in Europe on November 3.

[10:48] Now, House is talking up Infamous 2.

[10:49] He's just tossed to a trailer focusing on the sequel's new setting.

[10:50] Yes, there is still lightning in Infamous 2.

[10:50] Now, Medal of Honor executive producer Greg Goodrich takes the stage.

[10:51] He's going to treat the audience to a new Medal of Honor demo called "Gunfighters."

[10:51] Actually, Greg isn't demoing the game. It's Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park.

[10:52] Both men have fairly mighty beards. Goodrich, however, has the mightier one.

[10:52] Now onto the demo. It's a vehicle sequence set within an Apache helicopter.

[10:53] Shinoda is flying through the Afghan mountains, shooting rocket after rocket at enemies down below.

[10:55] We can confirm here today that Medal of Honor will feature lots of guns and lots of explosions.

[10:56] It's time for House to talk about Move.

[10:57] Killzone 3, MAG, Heavy Rain, and SOCOM: Special Forces will all arrive or have Move support patched in by March 2011.

[10:58] Now they're showing a trailer with Move's casual titles. And whatever you would call Kung Fu Rider.

[10:59] Among the third-party titles shown is Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11.

[11:00] There's also Toy Story 3 and Virtua Tennis 4, both featuring Move support.

[11:01] House announces that Virtua Tennis 4 is coming to the PS3 with Move and 3D functionality next year.

[11:01] Now House introduces a Killzone 3 multiplayer trailer.

[11:01] Two seconds in, a Helghast is stabbed in the neck. A few seconds later, the player jumps into a giant mech suit.

[11:02] Now it's time for House to talk about 3D.

[11:02] He asks everyone in attendance to put on their 3D glasses.

[11:03] Yes, everyone here was asked to trade in a form of ID for 3D glasses upon entrance.

[11:03] First up is Hustle Kings in 3D.

[11:04] Then there's MLB, MotorStorm, and Gran Turismo 5.

[11:04] The Sly Cooper trilogy will also offer 3D support.

[11:04] As will Mortal Kombat.

[11:05] The Fight will also let players engage in prison brawls in three dimensions.

[11:06] The trailer ends and the audience members collectively rub their eyes after taking off their glasses.

[11:07] Paul Rustchynsky and Matt Southern from Evolution Studios are here to talk about MotorStorm: Apocalypse.

[11:08] A live gameplay demo is shown on the screen. In 3D, of course.

[11:09] Southern mentions that many professional racers actually train on 3D simulators these days.

[11:10] Buildings are collapsing alongside the track, with rag-doll characters flying all around.

[11:10] "Du Wurdest 1st," says the German-language demo.

[11:11] The pair of devs leave the stage, and it's back to Andrew House.

[11:11] House introduces a guest: Ted Price from Insomniac Games.

[11:12] Price mentions that Insomniac has sold more than 30 million games with Sony. It's time for a new game announcement, folks.

[11:12] Price says that his studio didn't show a game at E3 this year for the first time in nine years, but that silence ends here at Gamescom.

[11:13] First, Price welcomes Chad Dezern, head of Insomniac's North Carolina studio.

[11:14] The new game is a Ratchet and Clank title.

[11:14] They want to let players explore the game as Ratchet, Clank, Quark, and Dr. Nefarious all at once.

[11:15] The game is called Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One.

[11:15] It's a four-player co-op title with drop-in, drop-out support.

[11:16] Nefarious uses a new device called the Vacu-4000, which lets you pick up and toss your friends.

[11:16] The game seems to use an isometric camera view that pulls farther out as the players separate from each other.

[11:17] The four can jump into a four-person cannon to launch across great distances, each having to rotate the analog stick in a certain fashion according to onscreen prompts.

[11:17] Four-person slingshots are used for the platforming sequences.

[11:18] You can create a chain of four people to swing across gaps.

[11:18] Now they've arrived at a boss fight.

[11:19] They're avoiding laser fire while, oddly enough, throwing each other at the big robot boss.

[11:20] They've weakened the robot, and he's conquered!

[11:20] The demo is over, and the audience applauds.

[11:21] As a bonus gift, Price offers a sneak peek at Insomniac Burbank's next project.

[11:21] He shows live-action video of old-timey railroad hobos traveling through the desert.

[11:22] No, this is no joke.

[11:22] The soundtrack is a somber blues number.

[11:22] Now they've grabbed some guns and are starting to look mean. They move from rural locales into a modern, demolished city.

[11:23] The screen goes dark and someone fires up a lighter to see. An ominous alien figure attacks them and a gunfight ensues.

[11:24] The enemy appears to be a Resistance chimera. It's Resistance 3!

[11:24] House comes back and confirms it.

[11:24] House wraps up the press conference and is proud of the last year's worth of momentum Sony has enjoyed.

[11:25] That's it for the press conference. Thanks for reading and check back with GameSpot throughout the week for more from Gamescom.

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Discussion

263 comments
Oldboy08
Oldboy08

Its going to be another great year for Sony! Proud owner of PS1, PS2, PS3! I will admit, at first when I got the PS3 I wasn't all that excited. My favorite game was R@C:TOD. But slowly*at first* more and more and more great titles came out. And now look at the list, as someone below me posted...Thank you Sony! Keep up the good work :D

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

let see M$ has halo reach ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm oh yea greas of war 3 ummm i guess thats it my xbox is gonna be filled with dust

jsh020
jsh020

those complaining about ratchet and clank co-op just wait to actualy play it. insomniac isnt one to make bad or even mediocer games. they literly only creat AAA games. even if resistance 1 was kinda just AA

KhanhAgE
KhanhAgE

>magusat999 What? Sounds like you weren't going to buy a PS3 PERIOD. There are currently 3 R&C games available on the PS3. If you love R&C so much then you would have bought a PS3 when Tools of Destruction launched. If not, then when Quest for Booty came. And if not, then surely when A Crack in Time was released. It's kind of difficult to gauge how excited you really were about the new R&C.

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

Well of course. Every real gamer knows that This Ratchet & Clank game is going to blow Mario Galaxy out of the water! To think anything otherwise would be a retarded mistake. The Mario series has stolen so much from Ractchet & Clank. The list is infinite.

magusat999
magusat999

I got all excited about the new Ratchet and Clank news - and then I find out it's been infected with the silly co-op virus. I love Ratchet and Clank the way it's been - LEAVE IT ALONE!!! I guess I won't be (finally) buying a PS3 - at this rate I will probably skip the PS3 altogether and wait for the PS4...

Trogeton
Trogeton

wow.. sony already reached their goal and ms is STILL hoping to reach theirs...lol well maybe they should start giving more to the community other than trying to take at least when sony changes something it's where it keeps the players interested other than just making profits off of the SSDD ms already made 5 different bundles.. core,premium,arcade, elite, and new360, wow. thats 5 differnt consoles

Knutte79
Knutte79

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XO422
XO422

I think 2011 will be the best year for the PS3 yet!! Resistance 3 Killzone 3 Twisted Metal InFamous 2 Ratchet and Clank all4one SOCOM 4 The Last Guardian Mass Effect 2 plus all Move games and more yet to come & HOPEFULLY UNCHARTED 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

GSTom11
GSTom11

I've always liked gears of war, but I've always like Resistance better. I think its because gears of war controls are like uncharted but the controls are sloppier and clunkier. Resistance 3 should be amazing! Hopefully they have co-op in the main campaign again.

XanderZane
XanderZane

Yawn.. Another Ratchet & Clank & Resistance game? Anyone have a 3D HDTV yet? lol!! I think I'll wait a couple years for that. I don't think every games in 3D will making it anymore enjoyable. Some games will enhance it, but other games won't even need it. Virtual Tennis 4 and Tiger Woods 11 will be interesting with Move, but everything else..? Meh. I wonder if any of those games will support Kinect as well. Hhmmm.. I do want that Sorcerer game. I think RPG games like that and Fable will work well with Move and Kinect.

kik0729
kik0729

what about uncharted 3?

Sindri0x
Sindri0x

@btpi91 Haven't you heard the big news? It just happens to be all over every gaming website... MASS EFFECT 2 IS COMING TO PS3 NEXT YEAR. Pretty much confirms they are going to develop Mass Effect 3 for the PS3, which was the reason for my comment. Also, I'm starting to think Bioware may try to go around Microsoft's hard-wall attitude that ME1 will not come to PS3, maybe they will let you use a USB function with your PS3 to import saves you made on the PC version of ME1? Maybe they will also let you do the same with your ME2 saves? Dunno...

Rex980
Rex980

danm that is some good news! can't wait for this new ratchet and clank and resistance 3, two more good games to add to my list!

XO422
XO422

WE ALL KNOW THAT RESISTANCE 3 & KILLZONE 3 IS TAKING OVER 2011 & KICK HALO REACH & GEAR3 A$$ FOR GOOD GO PS3

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Resistance 3 it is about time. I missed having "quality time" fighting the Chimera. Glad to hear that the third installment is on it's way. This is a great time to be a Sony gamer.

monson21502
monson21502

i was mad. because i had to rebuy a ps3 because the 60 gig i bought died on me and sony wanted 200 dollars to fix their system failure... i bought a new 250 slim ps3 early this year. now i read that the newer 250 gig slims have the highest wifi chip inside them while i bought the old super cheap and crappy wifi. if i called sony they should install the new better wifi in my new slim for free plus 500 dollars worth of games for my early support.. but that would never happen we are talking about greedy sony here....

nick280455
nick280455

cant wait to see what new chamaran creatures theyll bring this time around

Custodian405
Custodian405

Yay! ratchet and clank! and coop sounds promising.

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

the resistance 3 announcment made me very happy person , thers no game im looking foward as much as this.... this together with fallout new vegas and gran turismo5 will keep me busy for the next 2 years

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@ monson21502 thats the dumbest complaint ive read

nickery123
nickery123

@monson21502 you really don't know what your talking about do you? of course the connection will be better with an Ethernet cable because its a WIRE. Try plugging in the Ethernet cable in your ps3 and compare the connection to Wifi. It is guaranteed to be a better connection. This is not Sony's problem as they did NOT MAKE WIFI! The same goes for ANY device that has Wifi capability such as laptops. Its easier for a signal to pass through a copper wire than it is through the air. Its makes sense for laptops because the whole point of a laptop is that you can take it anywhere. But if you're sitting at a desk with a Ethernet cable beside you what are you going to do? rely on wifi? The ps3 AND the 360 aren't meant to be used like a laptop so thats why most sane people USE THE CABLE. Even the 360's ripoff wifi attachment probably wont have as good connection as opposed to wired thats why i never bothered to buy it.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Sadly I have no link............ I only speak from what I see in my neck of the woods (Sorry if it came out as though I did, I was up late last night but now I'm better my mistake) They never run adds on those networks in my area at all, and Microsoft sells the most console in my area as well. Wii is a close second, but Sony is still in last place, in fact the PS3 where I live is getting returned for the new Xbox360 S model 9 times out of 10 according to my local gamestop retailers (There are 2 of them in my home town, and 12 more state wide) But it seems the games on the PS3 don't sell well around here ethier. So it may just be my area, but PS3s don't sell well around here at all, they have more Slim PS3s then they know what to do with, and the new Xbox360 S can't stay on the shelf long enough for them to get up to snuff in stock right now. Even their online store has issues with suppy for the new Xbox360 S at this time. While the PS3 is in stock 24/7 and infact my local gamestop has about 20 120GB PS3 slims that are new, and 50 used. They told me they expect that number to grow by another 50 used Slims this month. I guess we just like Nintendo and Microsoft better. I know I will buy a 3DS for sure when that comes out.

T-Sub96
T-Sub96

RATCHET! Sounds like it could be a little weird though, i don't know how I feel about a 4 player co-op with an R&C, but it should be could, insomniac hasn't let me down yet! except for that one time...

monson21502
monson21502

wish i bought my 250 gig slim at walmart. would love to return it for a cash refund and buy one of these new skus. are these the ones with better wifi? im getting really sick of the lag and psn errors from gaming wirelessly on my slim up stairs.... when my friend brings his 60 gig over and uses my 360s eithernet cable he dont get as much lag or other problems wireless gaming might give you. guess when he gets internet ill just bring my ps3 downstairs.... ps. thanks alot sony!! you cheap skates...

p2250
p2250

Ps3's new slogan should be: "If you can tell us a reason why not to buy a PS3, let us Know, because we haven't found one yet."

steelmouth
steelmouth

Ratchet and Clank my 1st ps game during the days of ps2, but thats a long long time back

bencarps41192
bencarps41192

Not a huge Resistance fan, more of a Killzone guy but a new Ratchet and Clank game sounds really good, the last one rocked!

TeenGamer92
TeenGamer92

Hmm...Not too sure about the new Ratchet and Clank just yet. But I'm all "4" another one! HA! *slaps knee*

monson21502
monson21502

@SuprSaiyanRockr, oh, 4 ratchet games out? maybe im just blowing out some steam. because i rather have jak and daxter anyday over rachet, but 4 games in 5 years is milking imo. thats as bad as madden-guitar hero if you think about it.

masamune8
masamune8

A co-op Ratchet and Clank, no thank you.

jshaas
jshaas

@GunGriffin... Don't most adults and tweens watch prime time TV? Actually most companies target the 18-34 demographic because those are the people spending the most money. I see PS3 adds pretty regular though, so I'm not sure where your info is coming from. Gotta a link?

The_Breadcrab
The_Breadcrab

Yes! I'm so happy to see that Ratchet and Clank is still going. And news of Resistance 3 is great too.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Well thats great and all. But it still is nothing compaired to what Microsoft has done as of late. Sony's major problem is that they will not run Game and hardware adds during prime time TV, or Day time TV. They only run adds from 9:00PM to Mid night............ Microsoft, and Nintendo Run TV adds all day long for their products, on almost every channel. Sony only runs adds on FOX, ESPN, and FOX Sports/G4TV. Thats it........... Mean while Nintendo and Microsoft run adds on the fallowing networks: Nicktoons Network 4Kids TV BBC Cartoon Network FOX FOX SPORTS ESPN TNT G4TV need I list more? If Sony wants real sales boost they need to stop only runing adds to adults and Tweens, and run more adds in Prime time TV, as well as expand their TV adds for the number of networks they run adds on.

syam32245340
syam32245340

500gb ps3? hard disk size does matter huh

jshaas
jshaas

@deathstar79... He's there because EA has used Linkin Park's music in the trailers for MOH. Not exactly random. Sony has really come out swingin' since E3 of '09, an I like it! Now all they need to do is come out with some enhancements to PSN for all of us PS+ subscribers.

DrAmazinDood
DrAmazinDood

I'm not too sure about the new R&C, but I'll give Insomniac the benefit of the doubt and wait to see how it turns out, since they are yet to let me down

SuperYeti22
SuperYeti22

@robertcain Sadly, it is, there's a trailer on IGN with gameplay, there's no open world gameplay with awesome upgradeable weapons. It's just not ratchet and clank.

dah_master
dah_master

10:34] House points to the PS3's average Metacritic score, higher than both the Wii and 360's really? congratulations Sony...

robertcain
robertcain

I hope new Ratchet isn't a lazy party game without all the crazy weapons. Still 4 player coop is a plus though

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

I don't mind that it's 4 player co-op, I just hope it supports split-screen, and isn't too easy. The fact that Dr Nefarious is fighting in a team is kinda weird though... I should probably finish the other R+C games first.

JiGSaW918
JiGSaW918

man....if u guys checked out the R&C All 4 One on IGN, if ur a real fan, you will be disappointed....god, i hope they cancel this or at least change it A LOT! it's not ratchet and clank anymore otherwise... :(

btpi91
btpi91

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