PS3 Katamari Damacy Tribute rolls to Japan in 2009

Keita Takahashi prepping new installment in universe-creating series for Sony's flagship console; US release status unclear.

When Namco Bandai originally announced Beautiful Katamari in April 2007, it was slated to appear on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. However, by July, Namco Bandai had quietly dropped Sony's platform from the proceedings, opting instead to release the franchise's first current-generation installment only on the Xbox 360. Two years later, Namco Bandai now intends to resume plans to deliver franchise creator Keita Takahashi's off-kilter game to the PS3.

Famitsu revealed this week that Namco Bandai plans to release Katamari Damacy Tribute for the PS3 in Japan later this year. (Scans of the announcement were obtained by Japanese Web site InGamer and translated by GameSpot.)

According to Famitsu, Katamari Damacy Tribute will play out much like previous installments in the franchise. Famitsu notes that the PS3 edition of the game will feature two-player action. The article also mentions that music will again play a prominent role in the game, with a variety of well-known artists covering songs from previous games in the series. The game will also, "for the first time," support high-definition visuals in 1080p resolution, according to Famitsu.

Famitsu's article did not reveal whether the game will be released in other regions, and Namco Bandai of America had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

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39 comments
Zero_Beat
Zero_Beat

Where's the Tribute game page?

Normaral85
Normaral85

I enjoyed Noby Noby boy because it was just pretty much a game about what can I do next with this environment. So I'd like to see this title on PSN soon.

cockneyscouse
cockneyscouse

I think that the lead developer on the original game was Keita Takahashi and he has nothing to do with the games anymore, recently made Nobi Nobo Boy. Namco are just milking this one way beyond it's sell by date. A great idea and game at first, but enough.

IPwnNooBs666
IPwnNooBs666

I so hope this game comes over here to the states. I love the Katamari games.

HavQ-san
HavQ-san

This will crown 2009 for me. :) Sooo many amazing games coming out, but this is probably my favorite series, so this is the number one on my list. Beside BlazBlue, or course.:P

cjohnson007
cjohnson007

Weird game with some addictive gameplay

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

Namco is a strange company, it seems to change its mind so many times

PlanckEpoch
PlanckEpoch

One of my favorite series ever, but it's way too late to be releasing this. All my passion for the game died long ago. Thanks Namco.

Jbreynolds
Jbreynolds

Glad to hear another Katamari is coming. I've played and loved them all, just for their weirdness factor though they do get a but redundant. Still a great series though.

SpikedStrider
SpikedStrider

It's fun game. The boards get a little repetitive. I still like to play it now and then. Best played in versus.

otanikun
otanikun

Awesome, perhaps they'll add alot more to the game other than new characters and areas, perhaps new game play mechanics would be nice.

Koi-Neon-X
Koi-Neon-X

I loved Katamari Damacy for the PS2! what?! it's coming to the PS3?! I'm all over it!

Mist00
Mist00

not interested anymore

goat_god_3
goat_god_3

Im sure i'll love this game... almost as much as im gonna love poking fun at my dyslexic girlfriend trying to play it

rohail88
rohail88

Namco releasd the previous version x360 coz it was winning then bt the ps3 is going gr8 nw n theyve realized their mistake

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I haven't a clue what Katamari Damacy even is, and I'm a seasoned gamer of 27 years!

AiKago
AiKago

lol, does anybody care about this series anymore? The first was a brilliant masterpiece, the second kinda samey, but with worse music, and the third a straight-up stomach-turning cash-grab by Scamco. They're not getting another dime out of me for Katamari anything unless I hear AMAZING things.

RockmanSRD
RockmanSRD

I can't wait. Even if it isn't released in the US, there isn't ANY reason why you can't import it. That's one of many great things about the PS3.

BatrozX
BatrozX

Good news even though I don't have a PS3. When I heard of Nobi Nobi Boy I was a bit scared, cause I thought Namco was planning to throw Katamari in the trash. Anyway, can't wait to see more of this game, another game for me to look forward for the PS3. I really want a PS3 :(

unclejohn0525
unclejohn0525

Katamari is surprisingly huge in the U.S. It's gotta come out here.

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

At least they will have the series's creator back for this installment...I hope it does come out here.

4quarters
4quarters

FINALLY!! This has to come to PSN....PLEEAASSSEEE!!!!!!

kirklandx
kirklandx

I guess its Xbox's turn to take a hit. I remember when a title used to come out on all mainstream consoles.... money hungry F'ers!

vix
vix

about time, getting it even if it isn't localized.

Genexi2
Genexi2

Long as they don't pull the stunt they did on the 360 where they locked off a fair bit of the gameplay content on the disc itself, and then charged users to unlock it.

viewtiful_jay
viewtiful_jay

If this isn't localized, I will definitely import it. Not like there's any story or dialogue I need to be concerned with.

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

id like to see another katamari game idc which system

AstroChimp83
AstroChimp83

Damn it! Japan gets all the good toys first. Noby Noby Boy left me feeling unsatisfied. I need more mindless rolling things up!

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Thank you Mr. Takahashi! Hopefully this will release in the US, but I'll import it if I have to.

Prinze
Prinze

Cool, this is something I will definitely look into.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I really liked the first game, but I think this series has been less and less exciting with each sequel, I still hold the first as my favorite Katamari game, but I'm still hoping this next title will be worthy of changing my opinion about that