Sony Bend-ing Uncharted on NGP

Syphon Filter and Resistance: Retribution developer will craft Nathan Drake's first handheld adventure under Naughty Dog's direction.

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One of the highlights of Sony's Next Generation Portable (NGP) presentation last night was an extended demo of a new Uncharted game for the system (see below). The series' first portable outing was put through its paces on the new handheld, including a variety of climbing moves controlled by the portable's front touch screen and rear touch pad.

Sony Bend will be in charge of Nathan Drake's first handheld adventure.

When the Uncharted game was being demonstrated by Sony Computer Entertainment senior vice president of product development Shuhei Yoshida, he said it was an original title being developed under the supervision of Naughty Dog. Today, Game Informer confirmed that the studio developing the title is Sony Bend, a Sony Worldwide Studios shop located in Bend, Oregon.

Developing a portable version of a major Sony franchise will be nothing new for Sony Bend. The studio was behind 2009's Resistance: Retribution, a critically acclaimed third-person spin-off of Insomniac's popular first-person sci-fi shooter series. The operation is also known for bringing another high-profile franchise to the PSP in the form of 2006's Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror and 2007's Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow. Sony Bend also developed the PlayStation 2 editions of both games, as well Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain (2004) and Syphon Filter 3 (2001).

For more on Sony's NGP, check out GameSpot's comprehensive coverage of the new device.

Discussion

71 comments
SANDMAN201
SANDMAN201

@goodemon @ActionHero29 HELL YEAH!

SANDMAN201
SANDMAN201

I love Sony Bend, they are an awesome company. They made the hit PSP Classic Syphon Filter Dark Mirror and SF Logans Shadow. They also made Resistance Retribution for the PSP. All of them were awesome games but a bit repetitive. So hopefully this game isn't repetitive and is really good.

dinslacck
dinslacck

i already sold by its specs........yes sony, i will buy it...

GamerNes9
GamerNes9

I have 4 reasons to get NGP/PS3: 1. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune 2. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 3. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception 4. Uncharted Portable LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

holy crap! i'm so getting this!!! xD

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@Sirbobislost - very true... although, I do have one happy memory of using the Sixaxis function, and that was to steer arrows to their target on Heavenly Sword... I really liked how it worked then. One of the few moments I've enjoyed motion control this gen....

IceJester45
IceJester45

Ugh...so, Sony is trusting the portable versions of their best franchises to their second-string developers? It's like the PSP all over again.

goodemon
goodemon

Dude we really need another Syphon Filter for PSP

ActionHero29
ActionHero29

WHEN are they gonna make another syphon filter??? still good news though :) can't waitttt

shaunn191
shaunn191

Wow! The use of the sensor for the sniper aiming is actually really cool and a pretty good idea. Looks good, for a portable, no one can argue that.

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

I have the utmost faith in Sony Bend. They and Ready at Dawn mastered the PSP like no one else.

dsgfbvdgshvbd
dsgfbvdgshvbd

i cant believe what i just saw !!! mamma mia i have to get this unbelieveble device

BlackWaltz_No_3
BlackWaltz_No_3

I'm already sold. I agree that pricing the NGP will be critical to how well this will sell. But up to now, Sony has always been reasonable with pricing their products. Each dollar you spend assures you more quality when it comes to Sony hardware. :D

tbs76
tbs76

Wow the NGP is going to be crazy. If they get the price right I am sure this thing will sell like crazy. If any game could make me want an NGP it would be Uncharted and I can't believe the visuals. NGP makes the 3DS pail in comparison. Now I am completely torn on which one to buy!

walter6869
walter6869

I was gonna get the 3DS until i saw this. 2011 is the year of playstation.

fend_oblivion
fend_oblivion

The guys responsible for Syphon Filter and Resistance Retribution! YES!! Can't wait!! :D

cosita46
cosita46

The graphics are so amazing and the NGP is the one to get :).

omarfierros
omarfierros

those graphics are amazing, i cant wait for the NGP

Walker42
Walker42

I have two Uncharted games to look forward to?! If Sony Bend does a good job on this, I'll to have to buy a NGP!

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

Oh man, this is going to be just awesome...the PSP Resistance and Syphon Filter games were excellent! I hope they'll eventually make a new Syphon Filter for NGP as well.

coldsauce09
coldsauce09

@Sirbobislost hey i actually put on a smile every time i turn that valve lol

Storm_Marine
Storm_Marine

Very impressive! And this is just a first gen title. It took years for the PSP to start showing off what it could really do graphically. Can't wait to see what the future of the NGP will look like.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@SicklySunStorm Yes like the six-axis thing on the ps3 yeah it's nice but how often have you ever used it? Off the top of my head I can only think of using it to turn a gas valve in killzone2 not exactly the most thrilling memory lol

not_wanted
not_wanted

This looks great but imagine interactive porn on this. lol

Kid2812
Kid2812

With ND watching over them, i'm sure it will be great. Going to use the normal controles instead of the touchscreen. This alone is enough to make me buy the NGP. As long as the NGP is at a good price that wont make me wanna cry

Brawler-Dude
Brawler-Dude

Wonder why, guess Naughty Dog got there hands full with Uncharted 3

Brawler-Dude
Brawler-Dude

Wonder why, guess Naughty Dog got there hands full with Uncharted 3

mfall121
mfall121

Wow that's very impressive for a hand held system. Can't wait to see what other games will be released on the NGP.

deathstream
deathstream

The controls in that game looked awful. Why make a dualstick, multiple button handheld and have it play like an iPhone or a DS? The NGP is more gimmicky than the 3DS. Images looked stunning, tho. Can they sell it for less than $399? Their PS3 losses nearly sank the company, so I am not sure that Sony can afford to sell this well below cost like they typically do with console launches.

hyttenhoof
hyttenhoof

@Black_Man85 I'm kind of relieved, I'm not a big fan of 3D.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

Good background for a company to do this with a standout Sony title. Looking good.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@Mr_Alexander: I'm sure 3D does seem like a gimmick but the truth is it can enhance immersion and the experience. Things coming out of the screen is good for horror / survival games which obviously try and scare people and cause a claustrophobic feel, then on fantasy / rpg games it would feel a little more magical when the blasts and magic is also spewing out of the screen and ambient energy pouring out etc. Action games would benefit from explosions literally coming at you and bullets flying away from the screen and into you etc. for rather cool cinematic scenes that engage you more. I'm not saying 3D isn't a gimmick as it was but it doesn't mean the gimmick can't be used to good effect. It's not like NGP is without gimmick with its touch sensitive screen, of which I have doubt it will be implemented well. Just look at the six axis and move support. While the move is supported more its still mostly tacked on controls to proper games and not many games developed just with move in mind. Sony has a horrible track reckod with motion devices (like eye toy too which stayed casual almost all its life) so I see there gimmick as worse but nonetheless some will use it for good so I'm happy they did include it.

BuNKiTZ
BuNKiTZ

OMG. That, was, AMAZING. The graphics on that thing was just like the PS3's! It's amazing! Absolutely amazing! I only hope that it won't be so expensive >_

Black_Man85
Black_Man85

Actually with Sony's 3D TV's, laptops and games streak, I'm kinda surprised they didn't make this into a 3D handheld. >.>

Black_Man85
Black_Man85

Geez, now i'm torn between buying Batman Arkham city, Uncharted 3, Gear of war 3, Zelda: skyward sword, Marvel vs Capcom 3, Dissidia 012, and the 3rd Birthday or buying a NGP (PSP2) and a 3DS plus games for the two of them. Either way my pockets are going to be hurting. But in all seriousness both handhelds are looking great. I'm not really into the whole 3D gimmick yet something about the 3DS keeps pulling me in and when i thought the PSP2 couldn't be much better than the 3DS, BAM!!! I'm sucked right in.

Slash_out
Slash_out

As if the 2 games they made were good references. They were decent games nowhere near the quality of an Uncharted. Not to mention they had pathetic story and dialogues (which was fine for the kind of game Syphon filter and resistance are but certainly not for an uncharted).

Mr_Alexander
Mr_Alexander

Definitely getting NGP instead of 3DS now, say no to crappy mainstream gimmicks! (3d)

xxxKONVICTEDxxx
xxxKONVICTEDxxx

i seriously thought nothing could make me change my mind on getting the 3DS but after just seeing the specs of the PSP2 .....IM SOLD! :D:D

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

great news and a good start for the NGP hope ps3 exclosives can be broght to it

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@sirbobislost - took the words right out of my mouth. They can include all the gimmicky controls they want if it'll help the games sell to the casual crowd, as long as they support being able to press a button also as a simplified alternative for seasoned vets...

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@boysangur Yeah like flying in supermario bros On the wii where you have to shake the wii mote to fly luckily for this all the motion and touch parts can be done using the normal buttons like it should be

boysangur
boysangur

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firehawk998
firehawk998

You know how there is always that one game you bought a certain gaming console, handheld for ? Well looks like this game is the reason I am gonna buy the PSP NGP

NColdhardt
NColdhardt

This just made the PSP2 my choice in next gen handhelds Sorry, 3DS.

monson21502
monson21502

just what we need more milking of new ps3 exclusives, thats why psp failed to beat the ds sony. at least nintendo is smart enuff to not make a real pokemon game on its console you dont have either. everything is on both ps3 and soon to be psp 2.. ypu better come up with something new thats only on the psp 2 or the high price wont be the only thing that help nintendo get another easy handheld win...

Dansdaman180
Dansdaman180

i want it!!! i dont have a psp yet always wanted one i might get this now. so whats more better about this psp the 2 analogue sticks, amazing graphics, touch screen, touch pad thing on back or all of the above? lol they improved it alot.

Zathic
Zathic

Wow I can't believe the graphics on that, the price is probably crazy