TGS 2005: Full Japanese PlayStation 3 lineup revealed

Playable games a no-show at event, but Sony reveals rock-solid third-party support with 102 games and 71 publishers.

TOKYO--One of the biggest, and most unfortunate, surprises at the Tokyo Game Show 2005 so far has been the absence of any playable PlayStation 3 games. However, that didn't totally deflate the spirits of those present, as Sony Computer Entertainment released its full lineup of Japanese PS3 games at the show. The list revealed a massive amount of third-party support for the console, which is sure to heat up the next-generation console war with Microsoft's Xbox 360. Sony currently has 102 games scheduled or already in development for the PS3, with 71 publishers on board its next-gen bandwagon.

One thing striking, if not terribly surprising, about the PS3 lineup is the massive amount of sequels it contains. As previously reported, Atari is releasing a follow-up to Alone in the Dark, was well as new installments in its Stuntman and Driver series. Ubisoft is releasing a third installment of Brothers in Arms on the PS3. SNK Playmore has already announced King of Fighters Maximum Impact 3, even though the second installment for the PS2 won't be coming out until the middle of next year. Wrestling game developer Yuke's also revealed it had an unidentified game in the works, raising the possibility of the first next-gen SmackDown! game or that the Xbox 360 Rumble Roses will be multiplatform.

Konami already announced Metal Gear Solid 4 at E3, and now it's revealed a new Gradius game is in development. The company is also making a soccer game, most likely the first next-gen Winning Eleven. Namco also has a good lineup scheduled for the PS3, with unnamed fighting, shooting, sports, and role-playing games in the works. While it's almost certain that the "fighting game" is the already announced sixth Tekken, which was shown at E3, the RPG's title remains a mystery--a next-gen Tales perhaps?

As for new games, Koei revealed it is working on two original properties for the PS3: an action game called Blade Storm: Hundred Years War, the latest brawler from Dynasty Warriors series developer Omega Force, and a racing game ominously titled Fatal Inertia. It had previously announced its Akira Kurosawa-inspired action game Ni-Oh at E3 in May. D3 is publishing Digital Extremes' Dark Sector, one of the first games announced for next-gen consoles. Genki is making a new release for a "racing game series" and a "Japanese sword fighting game series," which are probably new iterations of Tokyo Xtreme Racer and Kengo.

Surprisingly, not many companies announced games for both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 at the Tokyo Game Show. Capcom reconfirmed that Resident Evil 5 (called BioHazard 5 in Japan) will come out for the PS3 and Xbox 360, and From Software revealed its newly announced game, Armored Core 4, is in development for both platforms.

While it's generally said developing for next-generation consoles will be tough on small publishers, today's PS3 list had a fair amount of budget game makers on the list. The small publisher named Magnolia will be releasing its affordable "Value 2000" series once again on the PS3, which, as the name suggests, sells at the low price of 2000 yen ($18) plus tax.

Also of note in the PS3 lineup is Arc System Works' unnamed "fighting game tool," a mysterious-sounding project from the company well-known for its Guilty Gear X series. Interestingly, Hudson is bringing its Rengoku series from the PSP to the PS3--the first time a series that debuted on Sony's handheld is making its way to a console.

PLAYSTATION 3 GAMES (JAPAN): (Sorted by title and genre)
Acquire
New historical action game, action adventure

Arc System Works
BB (tentative name), next-generation fighting game tool

Artdink
Bipedal Movement Simulation, Simulation
Aquanote no Kyujitsu: Inner Mind Adventure, Inner Mind adventure

Astroll
Seikan (tentative name), survival

Atari
Alone in the Dark sequel, action adventure
Stuntman (working title), driving action
Driver 5 (working title), driving action

Athena
Pro Mahjong Final (tentative name), mahjong

Atlus
Shin Megami Tensei series, RPG

Bandai
Anime related project, TBA
Mobile Suit Gundam (tentative name), action
Unnamed robot action game, action

Banpresto
Super Robot series, TBA

Capcom
action game, action
Devil May Cry 4, stylish action
Biohazard 5, survival horror

Cavia
Unnamed action RPG, action RPG

CyberFront
simulation game A, growth simulation
simulation game B, management simulation
puzzle game, puzzle action

Success
RPG, RPG

Success
Hitsuji Mura (tentative name), simulation

D3 Publisher
Dark Sector, shooting action
Fighting action game, fighting action

Datam Polystar
Unnamed adventure game, adventure

Digital Gain
Naxat Plan (tentative name), adventure

Dorasu
Slotter Mania series, Pachinko

Eidos
Unnamed action game, action

Electronic Arts
Fight Night (tentative name), sports

Enterbrain
Derby Stallion (tentative name), breeding

Entertainment Software Publishing
Unnamed action game, action

Ertain
TBA, action

From Software
Armored Core 4, 3D mech action
Dark RPG (tentative name), RPG
Black Blade (tentative name), action

Genki
Japanese sword fighting series, action
Racing game series, racing game

Global A. Entertainment
Comical history action, action
Comical history stimulation, simulation

GoodNavigate
Mystery adventure game, adventure

Gust
Unnamed role playing game, RPG

Hackberry
Pachinko Jikki simulation series, Pachinko

Hamster
Management simulation, simulation

Hudson
Unnamed RPG, RPG
Bomberman, action
Rengoku: The End of the Century, sci-fi action RPG

Idea Factory
Shin Ten Makai VI (tentative name), Simulation RPG

Interchannel
Unnamed love adventure game, adventure

Irem Software Engineering
Action-adventure game, action adventure

Koei
Blade Storm: Hundred Years War, action
Fatal Inertia, racing
Ni-Oh, action
Mahjong Taikai (tentative name), table

Konami
Gradius series, shooting
Unnamed soccer game, soccer
Jikkyou Powerful Pro Baseball series, sports
Unnamed action game, action
Unnamed role playing game, RPG
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, tactical espionage action

MTO
ActiveDogs (tentative name), action sports

Magnolia
Value 2000 Igo, table
Value 2000 Shougi, table
Saikyou Ginsei Shougi 7, table
Saikyou Ginsei Igo 7, table

Mainichi Communications
Shougi World Champion Gekisashi (tentative name), table

Marionette
War simulation game, simulation

Marvelous Interactive
Unnamed action game, action

Mediaworks
Unnamed adventure game, adventure

Michaelsoft
Project D, RPG

Namco
Unnamed RPG, RPG
Unnamed fighting game, fighting
Unnamed shooting game, shooting
Unnamed sports game, sports

Nippon-ichi Software
Makai Wars (tentative name), RPG

Now Production
Unnamed action game, action

Ongakukan
Train Simulator Online (tentative name), train simulation

SNK Playmore
King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 3 (tentative name), 3D fighting

Sega
Fifth Phantom Saga, action shooting
Sonic the Hedgehog, action

Sony Computer Entertainment
Angel Rings (tentative name), RPG
Gran Turismo series, TBA
Genji 2 (tentative name), action
The Eye of Judgment (tentative name), TBA
Minna no Golf 5 (tentative name), sports
Monster Carnival (tentative name), action RPG

Spike
Way of the Samurai 3 (tentative name), action adventure

Square Enix
Final Fantasy series, TBA

Sun Denshi
Unnamed simulation game, simulation

Sunrise Interactive
Sunrise Eiyuutan series, 3D simulation RPG
Shinseiki GPX Cyber Formula series, 3D racing

Taito
Extreme (tentative name), action
Project Psychic (tentative name), action

Takuyo Kyougyou
AKARI Project (tentative name), simulation
MASTER Project (tentative name), action RPG

Tecmo
Action game, action
Action-adventure game, action

Ubisoft
Assassin (working title), action adventure
Brothers in Arms 3 (tentative name), FPS

Warashi
Mahjong Oh, Mahjong

Yamasa Entertainment
Yamasa Digi World DX (tentative name), Pachinko

Yuke's
Pro wrestling game, pro wrestling


JAPANESE PLAYSTATION 3 PUBLISHERS
Acquire
Arc System Works
Art Dink
Asmik-ace Entertainment
Astroll
Atari Japan
Athena
Atlus
Bandai
Banpresto
Capcom
Cavia
Chunsoft
CyberFront
D3 Publisher
Daitogiken
Datam Polystar
Digital Gain
Dorasu
Eidos
Electronic Arts
Enterbrain
Entertainment Software Publishing
Ertain
Fog
From Software
Genki
Global A. Entertainment
GoodNavigate
Gust
Hackberry
Hamster
Hudson
Idea Factory
Interchannel
Irem Software Engineering
Jaleco
Kadokawa Shoten
Kids Station
Koei
Konami
MTO
Magnolia
Mainichi Communications
Marionette
Marvelous Interactive
Mediaworks
Michaelsoft
Namco
Nippon-ichi Software
Now Production
Oaks
Ongakukan
SNK Playmore
Sammy
Sega
Shoeisha
Sony Computer Entertainment
Spike
Square Enix
Success
Sun Denshi
Sunrise Interactive
Taito
Takuyo Kyougyou
Tecmo
Ubisoft
Warashi
Yamasa Entertainment
Yukes
Yuki Enterprise

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Discussion

22 comments
samyyo1
samyyo1

"garthos2006 WIthout Microsoft we would still be playing the original playstation." are you kiding me?the playstation 2 was out before microsoft first made the xbox,and ps2 was out way b4,and microsoft only screwed everything up,thats why were forced to pay 600 bux for ps3.I can afford it,but its pressure from microsoft that made sony rush with the ps3.

Oshieru
Oshieru

not bad, not bad at all. this should be good.

gamekid59
gamekid59

I'm going to but the Wii first, Sony blew with the PSP, I 'm afraid it will fall apart every time I change a game. It's weak. And with all their "we're the best" I say **** at least untill the price drops big. Can't live without MGS

phnome
phnome

Gotta catch them all... In console heaven they will merge... mark my words and remember where you heared it first... :)

garthos2006
garthos2006

Microsoft doesn't have the head start. They are still far behind in market share. The playstation fans remain loyal and will be a hard nut to crack. I say good on Microsoft for giving it a go. It makes us gamers the winners at the end of the day. WIthout Microsoft we would still be playing the original playstation.

kidokoro
kidokoro

Saifighter, don't worry, they'll beat microsoft in sales. Mark my words.

Saifighter
Saifighter

xbox360 is great but, ps3 can be even better! Sony needs to get it in gear now that xbox has a big head start.

ignoman
ignoman

let's see, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, Gradius... yep. All the games I want are here. I'm waiting for ps3, because these are games I'd rather not live without. I'm a fan of Elder Scrolls and DOA as well, but that's not enough to tip the scales. DUUUHHH... of course the ps3 is going to have a japanese-oriented lineup. Why? Because it's probably going to be released in Japan first, and everyone in Japan is going to buy it. Just because a game is Japanese doesn't mean it has no American appeal and vice versa (well, maybe not vice-versa ;)) You'd be amazed how many "appealing" titles come from europe and aisa nowadays. I personally don't care where it comes from as long as it's good. Hopefully Xbox will get some better titles than a bunch of sequel-ports and Krapeo. I'm really interested to see what all these unnamed titles are that all these companies i never heard of are making... if ps3 isn't region-encoded i will be golden!

Vic_Vega1994
Vic_Vega1994

I actually like the PS3 line up for Japan. Like Gran Turismo, Devil May Cry,MGS4, and the others games. Don't worry the games will be great.

foxhound421
foxhound421

i'm not buying a PS3 because the Japanese launch/development lineup doesn't appeal to me and that means that the American games will suck. i'm also an idiot. (smell the sarcasm)

ewjim
ewjim

For now i want to play in: Devil May Cry 4, Biohazard 5, Armored Core 4, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Way of the Samurai 3 and maybe: Gran Turismo series, Final Fantasy series, Shin Megami Tensei series... Too many "unnamed" titles. :?

agus23
agus23

bloodfang36 you're funny ... see you dont like nippon content and still in your picture you show a awesome character created by a japanese person! I own a xbox360 but I still consider japanese development as the foundation and backbone in gaming industry ... still ...Im not buying ps3 at launch ...way too pricey ...but hey its gonna rock!!

dunloggin
dunloggin

can we get names of games not just developers..jeez

stevo316
stevo316

Sounds like a pretty awesome line up actually. A lot of top name games are in that list

GunslingerMan
GunslingerMan

Bloodfang I would care less if your dissapointed, patience and a good line-up will pop-up .

kidokoro
kidokoro

Even if 3 of these games are launch titles in America, any 3, it owns the crap Xbox360 shelled out at launch. And don't worry about what comes out in Japan, we don't live in Japan so don't let that affect your opinion of a console thats not even out yet. Don't be so close minded and blinded by the Xbox360

Randomd00d
Randomd00d

Mahjong!! lol some of these look nice...

bloodfang36
bloodfang36

Eh...... this is why I prefer the Xbox 360. Since PS3 has Japansese Blood, all the games, or 85% of them, are made to the likes of the Japanese. Quite stupid actually. I really think im going to get an x360 after all. Its seems all the amazing games ( Battle for middle earth II, COD2, Oblivion, etc.) are coming out or ARE out for the Xbox360. Sorry guys, but with a game line up like this, the ps3 is coming nowhere near me. Im not a fanboy, just a dissapointed (possibly EX) sony fan.

Phortwenty
Phortwenty

haha absolutly no american appeal. I think that this console war is really starting to get lame.

bdub20791
bdub20791

what you say? no american appeal? i think so...