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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