White Knight due before April '09, MGS4 sells 3M in two weeks

Sony confirms Level 5's anticipated fantasy RPG to launch this fiscal year; Solid Snake's final adventure hits massive milestone; PSP-to-PS3 gaming Remote Play expanding.

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As the Western world slumbered, Sony held a press conference in Tokyo today that provided an update on the electronics maker's corporate strategy through the end of its fiscal year 2010 (which ends March 31, 2010). Although the presentation addressed the company's expansive electronics, film, and finance businesses as a whole, its PlayStation brand received particular attention by way of a reveal for the long-awaited video-download service for the PlayStation 3, as well as Life With PlayStation, which offers international news and encyclopedic geographic information, among other details about the world at large.

Aside from addressing new firmware features for the PS3, the presentation also offered a few tidbits concerning the entertainment device's bread and butter: games. Specifically, in touting its upcoming lineup of PlayStation 3-exclusive games, the publisher revealed that Level 5's White Knight Story is expected to launch during the current fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2009.

However, uncertainty was added to the equation when White Knight Stories was referred to by its Japanese moniker--Shirokishi Monogatari--and it was not immediately clear whether the game would be available in all regions during that time frame. Sony had not responded to requests for clarification as of press time. Level 5's fantasy role-playing game wowed audiences, thanks to its graphical prowess, when it debuted at the 2006 Tokyo Game Show. Though Sony has kept the game on a short leash, GameSpot was afforded a hands-on with the game at last year's TGS.

The publisher also heavily emphasized its initiative to expand the network services for its flagship console and handheld during the presentation, and briefly touched on the PSP's Remote Play functionality. Save for a handful of games, Remote Play has thus far been relegated to nongaming-related interaction between the PSP and PS3.

However, as noted by SCE CEO Kaz Hirai, the publisher intends to "further broaden" this feature "through a variety of upcoming nongaming content and services, as well as through gaming content." Hirai's words were accompanied by a slide of Factor 5's Lair being played on both the PSP's screen and a PS3-equipped TV.

Lastly of note, Sony offered sales figures for Konami's PS3-exclusive Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, a game that received GameSpot's highest rating when it was released earlier this month. According to Hirai, MGS4 has sold more than 3 million units worldwide in its first two weeks at retail. Proving the value of high-profile exclusives, Hirai noted that PS3 sales jumped eightfold week-over-week on the game's launch in Japan. That's in direct contrast to Take-Two's multiplatform hit Grand Theft Auto IV, which received equal honors from GameSpot, but failed to translate to system sales for either Sony or Microsoft (at least in the US), according to NPD Group figures.

Discussion

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DivineDragoon
DivineDragoon

Sony has to keep thier game on 'cause of the bar raised by MGS4, so they need more high profile ps3 exclusive games. And what's with all this "fanboy" fighting... it gets really old and fast.

amulbocus
amulbocus

Silicon_Noob - dude, MGS4 eats GOW and spits it out, even GOW2 does not have a chance. 360 owners, nothing you have or ever will get can even scratch the surface of what MGS4 can offer, you almost made me laugh there comparing GOW to MGS4 lol. Lets clear this up now, MGS4 is and will be for a long time the penultimate console game, that is only beaten by Crysis, which is processed by far more powerful GPUS than any console can handle (although the Cell could do it pushed ;)).

division_9
division_9

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wars45
wars45

wow 3 mill in tow weeks

dorgfanger
dorgfanger

Why is it that a comment board always has some battles raging in it? Is it for fun? A prerequisite of some sort to move onto a new level of reality, where we all forget why the comments were allowed in the first place? It's a newspiece. It's posted to inform us. This one says that White Knight will be out before or on March 31, 2009, and that MGS4 sold 3 million copies in two weeks. They add that this also seemed to boost system sales. Nowhere does it say "360 sucks and PS3 is the best." or "MGS4 has the best graphics and everything ever, and all things before or after it are hereby reduced to wallowing in shame because of its greatness." So why the infighting? The childish name-calling? The 'my [blank] is better than yours'? I mean the commenting is fine. Hell, it's appropriate, this being a comment board. But honestly, how far does it go? It's going to be two people just posting over and over "I'm better!" "Nuh uh! I am!" Also, I am looking forward to White Knight as well. I hope they put as much work into the story and gameplay as graphics.

Silicon_Noob
Silicon_Noob

"The graphics are better than anything we've seen on any console to date! " Not true both uncharted drakes fortune and Gears of war have better graphics. MGS4 has pretty good graphics but the textures were muddier than I expected.

metalgear-s
metalgear-s

All I'm saying guys, BUY MGS4! It is truly one of the best games ever created! Yes it has lots of cinematics, but that's what makes the story so thrilling. The graphics are better than anything we've seen on any console to date! And the gameplay is more fine-tuned than ever before!

joe_ender
joe_ender

anyone know if white knight story willl be ported to english , cause god i hope so

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Ranteal you're obviously a virgin after that comment, You don't have to be a geek to play videogames, it just helps.

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

hey pourya ahmadian, just check the mail if you already received your GREAT RROD360 from repairs.

Ranteal
Ranteal

@Puppiemaster. Dam!! 20 years!! Time to visit another party if ya catch my wind. Oh and yes, ye are a geek if ye play videogames, just own up to it son.

xpowerboss
xpowerboss

Hoping for the Best looks like the effort of the team is showing something in return.

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

Yeah baby yeah! Can't wait for WKC! MGS4 will have SOLD 4 million copies by the end of October.

shujikun07
shujikun07

According to vgchartz.com this has indeed sold closer to 2 million than 3 million... Still nothing to scoff at.

dcmdream
dcmdream

It's good to see the PS3 getting some AAA titles. However, this article is incorrect regarding the sales of MGS4. There have been 3 million shipped to retailers. Not 3 million sold. It is more like 1.9 million SOLD and 3 million SHIPPED Either way, MGS4 is a success, I just think gamespot should correct this report. Google MGS4 total sales to find out if you'd like. Let the negatives begin......lol

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Ranteal well I hope I'm married, I've been living with the same woman for nearly 20 years and have a 17 year old daughter, after all I'm nearly 40 years old. Not everyone that plays games is a geek or a fanboy, some of us can drive and are old enough to drink. I've have been playing computer games since the 70's, damn I wrote my first computer game in 1982. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Read my profile its been up for a few years on here. Since 2003 infact.

mfouad
mfouad

ps3 rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D

Silvermane
Silvermane

LOL @twistedhades .....like a Playstation never conked out before ??? And wt least MS owned up and admitted it AND extended the warranties! Ask a Sony rep about PS 1 2 and 3 Problems and they look at you like you got 6 heads....I ditched my PSone when it got to the point where i had to play it upside down for it to work....I worked at EB during the PS one rise...my stockroom was FULL of returns LOL....As for MGS4 selling so many copies...congrats...but didnt halo(pick one) do that in like 24 hrs LOL

Ranteal
Ranteal

@Puppiemaster. Man ya want a badge or sumthin'. Ha Ha, your married. You screwed up. Really though, Its not like it takes 5 hours to look up news on GS. Oh and by the by Bellum_Sacrum, do you even understand what you wrote,yikes. Besides, Im the President of the United States, The Queen of England, and have 7 wives and 56 kids, you know, since were just throwing stuff out there that cant be verified.

lew_0911
lew_0911

Really looking forward to white night. Hope they pull it off. Oh yeah, kudos to MGS4 (I've yet to buy one)

kos1085
kos1085

I agree with puppiemaster. I also have a job plus I am working Ph. D but I can still read console news for multiple consoles plus comment on articles and I still I have time spend time with my wife.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Bellum_Sacrum That is because people with a life have a job/are academically active. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Funny that, I have a job and a few Dregrees and yet I can still look at more than 1 console news page, oh yeah I forgot to mention I own all of the consoles available, I'm also married with children and have a healthy social life, I do loads of charity work and go to the gym at least 3 times a week. I still have spare time to comment on here as well.

pourya_ahmadian
pourya_ahmadian

in any shap the GREAT XBOX360 is so GREATER than little poor black; (WE ARE THE BEST AND WILL BE)

The_ripster88
The_ripster88

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Credfield81
Credfield81

Great to see MGS4 is selling so many copies. IMO despite what others may say, it was a amazing game. A pleasure and honor to play from start to finish as hideo kajima really out did himself this time. I couldnt think of a better way to finish off the series. Its Solid Snake's time to rest now he's more than earned it.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

puppiemaster wrote And how do you know this as a general fact, I'm of the opinion its only the kiddies that sample news, the rest of us like to gain as much information as possible, that way we will actually know what we are talking about. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- That is because people with a life have a job/are academically active. No sane man would ever read every piece of information thrown at him, it's common sense. Then again, if somebody wants to waste their time devouring every scrap of insignificant information gaming sites throw at them just to keep the console wars alive and their pockets full, they can be my guest. There is lots of glory in having a "dignified" opinion in an argument between teenage console war fanboys who can hardly spell, no seriously. In the end, if everybody only read the news related to their gaming genre/medium of choice, there would be no instances of intellectually overwhelming posts/arguments/whatever like the one by that pourya_ahmadian guy right below. If you ask me, that is your typical "read all-post in all" user.

pourya_ahmadian
pourya_ahmadian

no;i think so; GREAT XBOX360; (WE ARE THE BEST AND WILL BE)

twistedhades
twistedhades

360 ITS 4 KIDS THAT WANT TO PLAY WITH THEIR FRIENDS ONLINE AFTER THEY GET OFF FROM SCHOOL THATS WHY WHEN THEIR 360 BREAKS THEY GO AND BUY ANOTHER ONE ..THEY DONT KNOW WHAT A GOOD SYSTEM LIKE PLAYSTATION 3 IS ;ESPECIALLY WITH THESE TWO GAMES WHITE KNIGHT AND MGS4 OH PLUS RESISTANCE 2 ;FINAL FANTASY13 GOD OF WAR AND MANY MORE ONE MORE THING 360 PLAYERS PLEASE STOP GOING INTO PS3 NEWS U ONLY START TALKING TRASH CRYBABYS

mangepenge
mangepenge

jason 19, your mumbling, its hard to understand what your writing, im not meaning this as an insult, just try to be more clear next time, however the vibe im getting is fanboy talk. Cant we just try not to go in to that topic, its beyond cliche by this point, its not even a veteran, its an 90 yeah old dead zombie, with no head or brain. i mean its stuff most people dont want to deal with anymore

jason19
jason19

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jason19
jason19

that games is the best in all games for ps3 games i just wilsit put more work ps3 not lost money put more work games like that im not fun spoer games so why im show depisn abon it need made more games like war games be made more money in thnks hate abont it show hot girl on metal gear slole 4 look hot notink to do dort get it made mam there girl in form nere see there is JOke lol best games all ps3 games was out lest 206

lordmt
lordmt

looking forward to white knight.

Ninjiz
Ninjiz

gamespot seems to say Mario Kart Wii is number 1. I know its best buy rankings, but they are usually pretty accurate until the NPD figure pop up at the end of the month.

Sony_FanBoy
Sony_FanBoy

MGS 4 is still #1 in North America, yes it fell to the 4th spot in Japan and I don't know the numbers for Europe, but It's still selling a great number of copies every week.

Ninjiz
Ninjiz

"BTW since 2006 Sony is reporting sales only as SOLD to CUSTOMERS." Unless you can provide a link to state that sony has changed the way it reports sold figures... I also would not question the figures at all if it didnt fall off the number 1 spot in only 1 week in japan, NA, and europe, And before you call me a hater, I like MGS, so..

taker_1192
taker_1192

Can't wait for White Knight Story. I'm getting a PS3 for this game :D

jackrocks123
jackrocks123

btw metal gear solid 4 isn't b grade story telling, its got a very good story alot better then most games you see. and cutscenes don't even seem that long, people just like games where you go in guns blazing where its full of action and swearing basically how they like films.

jackrocks123
jackrocks123

pourya_ahmadian no one actually likes your one minded comment so just keep them in your head please. puppiemaster i tottally agree with your point, but it seems now whereever you go there will also be fanboys ruining it for people who like to play games.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Bellum_Sacrum wrote People only check what interests them, that's what article titles are for. This isn't some form of kiddy competition. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ And how do you know this as a general fact, I'm of the opinion its only the kiddies that sample news, the rest of us like to gain as much information as possible, that way we will actually know what we are talking about.

Nick_JC1
Nick_JC1

Don't know if I would be bothered playing MGS4 with all those very long cut scenes, not a fan of Kojimas story telling. But I would like to play the bits in between the B grade story line. Maybe FF13 will make me buy a PS3, whenever it gets released. Until then I'm saving up for a new PC for Diablo 3 :)

pourya_ahmadian
pourya_ahmadian

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Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

puppiemaster wrote: So you dont care about gaming? Why are you posting on a gaming site then. I read all the news no matter the system, it's about being informed, can't comment if you only have 10% of the news. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- People only check what interests them, that's what article titles are for. This isn't some form of kiddy competition.

Y2Che
Y2Che

Bah, just buy all three systems and you never get caught short. Pretty simple really. I'm digging Mario Kart and MGS4 at the moment. Sure hope that PSP to PS3 features get used more. I'd love to get good use out of this feature.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Vojkan80001 wrote Just drop it, i really dont get it why you haters read news about Sony. I dont read stuff about xbox or wii, not because i hate them, but i just dont care. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ So you dont care about gaming? Why are you posting on a gaming site then. I read all the news no matter the system, it's about being informed, can't comment if you only have 10% of the news. Smacks of being a FAN boy to me. Gaming is not about 1 system, its about having the most fun possible, each system has it's great games, to dismiss all but 1 is stupid and a bit sad really.

Vojkan80001
Vojkan80001

@ninjiz They said "sold to retail" kid. So no deceiving there. BTW since 2006 Sony is reporting sales only as SOLD to CUSTOMERS. Thats when it comes to PS3 numbers and Sony published games, MGS 4 is Konamis game, not Sonys, so they can only give you info that Konami gave to them. And i think same day or prior to this one, Konami released same numbers, so basically Sony only repeated same info. Just drop it, i really dont get it why you haters read news about Sony. I dont read stuff about xbox or wii, not because i hate them, but i just dont care.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

2 years wait and only 7 hours to complete it

Ninjiz
Ninjiz

"i love all the haters that refuse to believe the numbers LOL burn baby burn." It has nothing to do with "hating". Sorry to burst your bubble. The reason its confusing, is because of the way Sony reports figures. Its a FACT they consider anything shipped from factory to retail as "sold". Sorry if you dont know that. Which is why i am confused about these numbers, because at the end of week one the figures flying around were very different. "Wasnt 3m the amount "SHIPPED"? Sony doesn't skew the facts," Im not saying Sony is out to deceive you. But thats what they consider "sold". Im not sure its gamespoy skewing anything,