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Destination PlayStation News: LittleBigPlanet, MotorStorm, Assassin’s Creed, more coming to PSP

Jeff Rubenstein's Avatar + Posted by Jeff Rubenstein on Feb 24, 2009 // Sr. Social Media Manager

Big news coming out of the Phoenix area, where SCEA’s annual Destination PlayStation conference is taking place. I’ve copied the entire press release for you below, but here are some of the highlights:

  • New PSP bundles coming in 2009, including an Assassin’s Creed PSP Entertainment Pack and a Hannah Montana PSP Entertainment Pack, which includes a new Lilac PSP.
  • Some of your favorite games are going portable for the first time, with exclusive PSP editions: MotorStorm Arctic Edge (also coming to PS2), LittleBigPlanet, and the Petz series.
  • The Warhawk Command Center launches in PlayStation Home this week.

There’s more, so read the rest straight from the press release. Look for more details to come later in the week.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., February 24, 2009 – At its annual retail and publisher conference Destination PlayStation®, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced its unprecedented line up for PSP®(PlayStation®Portable), including a new hardware offering that extends the PSP market to young female gamers, the debut of blockbuster franchises MotorStorm® and LittleBigPlanet™ on the platform, and major software support from Disney Interactive, Electronic Arts, MTV Games, Square Enix, Ubisoft, and other publishing partners.

“With a year of record sales ushering us into the new year, we continue to raise the bar on providing consumers the deepest and broadest entertainment content for every member of the family to enjoy,” said Jack Tretton, president and CEO, SCEA. “With new content being added every day to the PlayStation Network combined with an unmatched line up of exclusive titles on PSP, and the roll out of truly groundbreaking games such as Killzone® 2 for PS3, we remain confident in our approach and strategy for another record year of growth and momentum.”

SCEA also previewed its deepest and broadest content line up for the PS3 system, including groundbreaking exclusives such as Killzone® 2, inFamous, MLB®’09: The Show™, MAG, UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves and God of War® III to hit throughout the fiscal year. Promising to be a blockbuster hit, Killzone 2’s immersive and sensory gameplay sets the stage for PlayStation’s continued momentum on the PS3 this year, accompanied by truly innovative and genre-defying content such as MAG, the industry’s first online shooter to allow up to 256 players, combined with artistic and niche games like Flower™ and Ragdoll Kung Fu™: Fists of Plastic on PlayStation®Network.

With a rapidly growing install base, the PSP platform is riding a wave of momentum that will be paired with a new hardware offering and its best software line up to date, demonstrating significant support from SCEA’s publishing partners. Two new limited-edition PSP Entertainment Packs will be available in 2009, bundling everything consumers need to jump onto the PSP platform, from the hardware to games, videos, and other content – all for $199.99 (MSRP).

• Hannah Montana PSP Entertainment Pack – As part of a new focus on expanding the PSP market to female gamers, SCEA will launch this new bundle in July. The pack includes the introduction of the “Lilac” PSP system, Disney Interactive’s Hannah Montana PSP game (an exclusive dancing and rhythm action game for gamers to design the show and go on tour as the teen icon), a selection episodes from the Hannah Montana TV series on UMD, a 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo, and stickers to customize the PSP.
• Assassin’s Creed™ PSP Entertainment Pack – Ubisoft will debut an exclusive installment of the popular Assassin’s Creed franchise on PSP later this year. To commemorate this highly anticipated title, SCEA will launch a new bundle that includes the game, a “Piano Black” PSP, and other content that will be announced later.

SCEA’s push toward teen and “tween” girl gamers will also be supported by Ubisoft’s Petz® software line, which will make its debut on PSP with new, unique titles later this year. The Petz series allows young players to create and care for cute, furry pets chosen from many different breeds of dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, dolphins, tigers and bunnies.

Publisher support for the PSP system will continue throughout the year with Rock Band Unplugged™, launching exclusively on PSP. MTV Games and Harmonix announced separately that gamers will be able to take Rock Band Unplugged on the road with the first ever portable version of the popular music and gaming experience. Rock Band Unplugged will take center stage as it leverages the PSP system’s Wi-Fi capabilities and becomes the first PSP game to include a fully-featured in-game store for downloadable content in the North American and Europeans markets.

The third party support for PSP will continue throughout the year with a stellar line up of titles from EA SPORTS. Madden NFL 10 will enable NFL fans to build their own formations and plays from scratch on the PSP. Then, through connectivity with the PS3, the plays can be downloaded and perfected on the console. In addition, Madden NFL 10 will deliver a faster and more “PSP-friendly” gameplay experience to adapt to the PSP owner’s lifestyle. And for the golf fans out there, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 10 will allow gamers to experience the drama of major golf tournaments with revamped gameplay modes for on and offline play. Look for more EA SPORTS titles to be announced for the PSP this year.

Rounding out the unprecedented publisher support, Square Enix’s DISSIDIA™ FINAL FANTASY, which has sold 850,000 units since launching before the holidays in Japan, will make its way to North America this summer.

From a first party perspective, SCEA will bring its biggest franchises from the PS3 to the PSP this year, starting with MotorStorm® Arctic Edge and LittleBigPlanet™ in Fall 2009. These titles will be built from the ground up for PSP, offering users a unique portable experience based on the critically acclaimed franchises. Following are details for each game:

• LittleBigPlanet – Developed in conjunction with MediaMolecule, the critically acclaimed game LittleBigPlanet makes its way to the PSP, offering new SackBoy™ adventures with the same play, create, share experience for gamers on-the-go, in addition to brand new levels and environments specifically created for the platform.

• MotorStorm Arctic Edge – Developed by the award-winning Bigbig Studios, the team behind the best-selling Pursuit Force™ series, MotorStorm Arctic Edge sees the music, the festival and the brutal off-road racing arrive in the breathtaking yet lethal and unpredictable setting of Alaska. The game is also expected to hit the PlayStation 2 platform in Fall of 2009.

As the connective tissue of the PlayStation experience across the PS3 and PSP systems, SCEA announced continued PlayStation Network content from new movie releases through the video delivery service and new game spaces for PlayStation®Home. Launching this week, the new “Warhawk™ Command Center” space makes its way into PlayStation Home offering Warhawk fans a new place to socialize and strategize featuring the sand table. PlayStation Home is the ultimate social community gathering gamers via a rich, 3D high-definition environment and will continue to expand overtime.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the ground-breaking PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system and its online and network services the PlayStation®Network and PlayStation®Store.

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets, and distributes software for the PS one, PlayStation 2, PSP and PS3 for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

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257 Comments

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+ hehe1 on February 24th, 2009 at 1:25 pm said:

This is great were getting some of the best games that were on PS3 and with linking capabilities… its going to be AWESOME!!! I hope they bring some more ratchet and clank and can’t wait for LBP and Motorstorm:AE to come out!!!!


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+ Thrasher20 on February 24th, 2009 at 1:27 pm said:

“Recognized as the undisputed industry leader”

EPIC!! :) Superb job guys! The Playstation entertainment systems are building strong momentum. I can’t wait to see what other groundbreaking news you guys have throughout the year. If this is Playstation 3 and PSP this year, it’s going to be a wild ride throughout the later years.
I’m also impressed that the fact that Playstation 2 is still a hot seller. Great job guys, can’t wait for all those games!

BTW, LittleBIGPlanet for PSP, will Media Molecule integrate LBP:PSP with LBP:PS3?


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+ saintaqua on February 24th, 2009 at 1:36 pm said:

And people think the PSP is dead.
Well, it seemed that way for awhile, thank goodness Loco Roco 2 came along.
Dissidia needs to hurry!! I want it fast!!
Also, don’t forget Kingdom Hearts: Birth by sleep, please say it will be out soon too!!


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+ Gunwing on February 24th, 2009 at 1:46 pm said:

PSP is dead no more! Rock the world PSP! Rock the World Sony! Come out on top in the hand held market and kick Nintendo off it’s throne that it’s had for over 13 years! Time to strike a blow for high end hand held gamers every where!


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+ Dehshizknight on February 24th, 2009 at 1:48 pm said:

This is looking like a good year for the PSP.


156

+ acmilanboy on February 24th, 2009 at 1:50 pm said:

You know its good time to announce firmware 2.7…..


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+ Jok3r_iz_Serious on February 24th, 2009 at 1:51 pm said:

LBP AND ASSASSINS CREED FOR PSP!!! AHHHH IM 100% GETTING THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ zombiefriend on February 24th, 2009 at 1:53 pm said:

assassin’s creed for PSP? what? must’ve missed that update

and wtf? i would totally get that purple PSP, but only in a freaking hannah montana bundle? come on sony! just release them individually for god’s sake!


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+ APaz on February 24th, 2009 at 1:54 pm said:

Awesome. Keep up the good work guys.


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+ androvsky on February 24th, 2009 at 2:02 pm said:

It’s great to hear there’s going to be so much support for the PSP this year, especially from third parties. How about some PS1 games in the meantime?

Btw, to whomever at Sony decided to publish No Gravity: THANK YOU. I’ve been wanting a new space shooter for years, all we need now is a big budget one for the PS3. :) Wing Commander, Tie Fighter, Freespace… I’m not picky. :) Or even a sequel to No Gravity. ;)


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+ Toomsuba2 on February 24th, 2009 at 2:03 pm said:

Well, Sony is getting there…

Basically, to knock out Nintendo,Sony needs to make a successful port of Little Big Planet, and it needs connectivity with it’s PS3 counterpart, the Assassin’s Creed game needs to have great controls, not be a port, and not be a failure like the DS version. Then, Rock Band needs to be successful, and Resistance Retribution needs to be awesome like the demo. After that, they need to release a sequel to Chains of Olympus exclusively to the PSP, get a new Socom and Syphon Filter on the PSP, get another MOH: Heroes with good AI. After this, they need to let everyone w/ a PSP send it into them for 30-50 bucks to get an R2 and L2 button, along w/ another analog and the ability to press in on both analogs, and add another memory card slot. Then, PSP will beat the crap outa DS. However, I don’t care about PS3 and Sony needs to make more games because they’re relying on internet and movies and thats not gonna do it. I will get a XBOX 360 before PS3, if PS3 at all.


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+ Gunwing on February 24th, 2009 at 2:06 pm said:

Yeah FreeSpace was sweet! I loved FreeSpace2 with a heart of gold even though it did have some problems the mods were killer fun! Getting a new Space combat sim is great even if it’s on my PSP and not my PC.

Now we need Lucas Arts to pick up the PSP banner again and build some killer StarWars Games, and bring some cool new IPs to the PSP!


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+ xXCrazyFishXx on February 24th, 2009 at 2:14 pm said:

So, PSP is getting trophy support, right guys?
I mean I don’t see how you could go wrong, it seems like a no-brainer to me…

Anyway, awesome news! Definitely going to put these on my wishlist.


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+ Trioptical on February 24th, 2009 at 2:14 pm said:

This is super exciting news here. It’s a shame that there isn’t more details just yet… press releases are for the press, not the blog. Blog should be more…. you know, more.


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+ MadeInScotland on February 24th, 2009 at 2:16 pm said:

Awesome!


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+ Jedah on February 24th, 2009 at 2:18 pm said:

Awesome news, its great the PSP get some much deserve loving. Now if they port Flower to PSP, I’d be a happy man.


167

+ theofficeman on February 24th, 2009 at 2:20 pm said:

i think i soiled myself and everything around me while reading this.


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+ Gunwing on February 24th, 2009 at 2:22 pm said:

That would be cool to port flower! How about asking Lucas Arts to come back as well Sony? Also WarHawk PSP much? 16 player online, and DLC FTW???? Please it’s the only other PS3 game we need other then Uncharted!

If the PSP got those two games, and some more third party exclusives with cool game ideas then I would be in seventh heavan! How about a new Naruto Ultimate Ninja game from CyberConnect 2? For PSP????


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+ i-Lo on February 24th, 2009 at 2:26 pm said:

This is indeed a great news for Sony and their customers.

I do not have a PSP atm because the titles (except GoW:CoO) do not strongly appeal to me.

However, given the expanding scope I am very tempted to purchase one soon.


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+ Indifferent on February 24th, 2009 at 2:31 pm said:

Motorstorm for PSP? YYYYEEEAAA!!!

LittleBigPlanet for PSP? OMG YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!

Yea I’m excited for both! Especially LBP!!!


171

+ TwinDad on February 24th, 2009 at 2:35 pm said:

Great Color. Now stop the forced bundles with Colors. The included items are not worth $30, let alone $5.

Please release More colors in the core kits.

Great news about more PSP games. Any news of non-ports? I would rather have a new IP like LocoRoco and Patapon then 4 God of War games.

Right on, DISSIDIA!!!


172

+ LordNitsud on February 24th, 2009 at 2:42 pm said:

WOW! This was the PSP news I waiting for! Way to go Sony and company!


173

+ MUGEN02 on February 24th, 2009 at 2:46 pm said:

No Gran Turismo 5 till 2010 :(


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+ lalaloveppears on February 24th, 2009 at 2:47 pm said:

The new PSP is beautiful and I’m glad the US is finally getting pretty, feminine colors, but is it too much to ask that these pretty, feminine colors be released in bundles for PSP users older than Hannah Montana’s 7-13 demographic? I’ll probably end up getting it since I’ve been wanting a new PSP, and it really is a beautiful model, but I’d feel better about it if it included software I would actually use. Other than that, looking forward to the new Assasin’s Creed, Dissidia, LittleBigPlanet and — of course — Uncharted 2.


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+ avi_66 on February 24th, 2009 at 2:50 pm said:

Now if the new rumoured PSP2 is announced, there will be no other reason why not to buy a PSP. Awesome games to the best portable platform.


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+ Kruegmeister on February 24th, 2009 at 2:52 pm said:

My Daughter was already thinking of Ditching the DS and getting a PSP when she found out there would be a Little Big Planet for the PSP.

Now with the Hannah Montana Bundle I think she has just been Sold… PSP moves to the Top of the Birthday List.

Good News Sony, and about time…


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+ ADR143 on February 24th, 2009 at 2:53 pm said:

LBP in psp it will be cool


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+ Gunwing on February 24th, 2009 at 2:55 pm said:

All of this will be cool! I just want WarHawk on PSP! Come on Sony! We need air combat goodness back in the world! Ace Combat, and Tom Clancy’s HAWX are showing the way, grab the torch and run with it!


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+ Squall2600 on February 24th, 2009 at 3:14 pm said:

YES AWESOMENESS


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+ DNAgent on February 24th, 2009 at 3:16 pm said:

LBP on PSP?! Will it be online? I hope it will be online rather than ad-hoc (and yeah, I know all about ad-hoc party).

I’m not that interested in Motorstorm and Assassin’s Creed is complete garbage but LBP on PSP has really got me interested.


181

+ bob52 on February 24th, 2009 at 3:16 pm said:

YAY for PSP love.All we need now is PSP trophies and ingame xmb


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+ lebron_accel on February 24th, 2009 at 3:19 pm said:

this is what people want in the psp SONY.
great job right there!
now my psp will get more attention(it has been colecting dust for months since i got a ps3)


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+ SynGamer on February 24th, 2009 at 3:27 pm said:

So many AAA titles announced for the PSP, this is great news. Finally, games are coming to the PSP, 2009 is going to be a great year. Oh, and it looks like my little petition is no longer needed ;)

http://www.petitiononline.com/ac4psp/petition.html


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+ Zezzler on February 24th, 2009 at 3:34 pm said:

Do I Hear “Year Of the PSP”?
can’t wait for epic new games. :3


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+ Destiny89 on February 24th, 2009 at 3:39 pm said:

this is really an awesome thing


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+ Carnivius_Prime on February 24th, 2009 at 3:52 pm said:

Can’t say I’m fond of Assassin’s Creed (owned it on PS3 briefly before selling it on) but Motorstorm and LittleBigPlanet on PSP? Great stuff. The PSP already has the best games about for a portable device and it just needed a couple more big names to look forward to and this’ll do nicely. Wish it was doing better than the ultra crappy DS (not a fanboy remark honestly, I was a huge fan of the Gameboy Advance, mine was the SP version, and I found the DS offered nothing for me and is a pain in the butt to use, I loathe touch screens). But then the Xbox360 and PS3 have far better games than the Wii, and yet don’t sell anywhere near as much either. World don’t make much sense.


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+ AdversaryofGod on February 24th, 2009 at 3:53 pm said:

Finally! Some exclusive and great PSP games!!!


188

+ decimalator on February 24th, 2009 at 3:55 pm said:

AWE-SOME. Finally some great PSP titles to look forward to! Would love even more some PSP trophy support.


189

+ BigRich55 on February 24th, 2009 at 4:01 pm said:

Any news about the United States getting PLAYTV??? That would be great.


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+ Big_Hawk97 on February 24th, 2009 at 4:02 pm said:

It would be kinda cool if you made some (if not all) of these titles downloadable through the PSN.


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+ jazzyrider on February 24th, 2009 at 4:02 pm said:

Not bad, but why more PSP bundles? And will these PSP bundles include the newer PSP, ie PSP-3000 with a special color and/or graphics? Any special accessories too like UMD movie or memory sticks?

Or what about a new PSP instead that takes care of reported video issues on the PSP-3000s?


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+ Merissa_hino on February 24th, 2009 at 4:04 pm said:

Thank you for making a girly PSP, but PLEASE make it available without the Hannah Montana crap.


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+ BZKlint on February 24th, 2009 at 4:20 pm said:

Hannah Montana [DELETED] sucks!!! D-:<


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+ mckg123456789 on February 24th, 2009 at 4:34 pm said:

sweet motor storm on my psp sound cool. GOD OF WAR 3, KZ2, infamous, ratchet & clank future 2, heavy rain GT5, unchated 2, quantem theory, MAG and some more i cant rember lol FTW!! :D


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+ AceOfSpades725 on February 24th, 2009 at 4:37 pm said:

WOW! looks like alot of great content! and glad to see the PSP getting more attention! can’t wait for all the content for both PSP and PS3 this year!!


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+ Wip3ou7pure on February 24th, 2009 at 4:47 pm said:

Why don’t they just put a freaking second analogue stick on the other side?!


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+ sephiroth2006 on February 24th, 2009 at 4:57 pm said:

Excellent news, Sony is always ahead of competition. Good Work.


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+ PullusPardusUS on February 24th, 2009 at 5:27 pm said:

now all warhawk needs is a new patch, keep that game alive sony!, its actually original.


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+ Ramses_13 on February 24th, 2009 at 5:45 pm said:

Might have to pick up a assassins creed edition PSP. Bummer on the piano black color.


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+ Buddy175 on February 24th, 2009 at 5:46 pm said:

wow lots of love 4 the psp finally! and there are a now 5 colors to choose from when bying a psp!


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