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Wheel of Fortune Arrives on the PlayStation Network this week

Tim Granich's Avatar + Posted by Tim Granich on Mar 17, 2009 // Sr. Global Brand Manager, Sony Online Entertainment

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Today, we are happy to announce that our latest game, Wheel of Fortune, will be released for the PlayStation Network this Thursday, March 19 for $14.99.

We told players back in September 2008 that this title was in development, and it brings us great pride to be able to show the finished product on behalf of SOE. Starting Thursday, players can spin the wheel and solve the puzzle with America’s Favorite Game Show! Wheel of Fortune captures the spirit of the popular TV show with high-definition graphics and realistic gameplay!

Our development team has worked diligently to give this game an in-depth character creation mode and a player experience that fans of Wheel of Fortune will love. PlayStation Network is so much more than a single player experience. That’s why, aside from solo play against A.I. opponents, we offer network/multiplayer modes with voice chat support. This is sure to get the competitive juices flowing with real human competition. To add even more fuel to that spirit, we’ve included PLAYSTATION 3 Trophies for players to earn.

Do you want to go “on location” with Wheel of Fortune? We want to bring players that national flavor the real TV show brings to households across the country. So we give you the ability to play in 11 different cities across America: Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, New Orleans, Charleston, Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale.

With nearly 9,000 puzzles to challenge your mind, high-definition graphics, studio sets and sound effects straight from the TV show, and realistic gameplay, we think that you are in for a huge thrill with Wheel of Fortune for PSN.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you playing Wheel of Fortune online on the PS3!

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+ KIDamazin on March 17th, 2009 at 12:05 pm said:

15 bucks too much IMO. PSP 3G (no umd) news coming out of germany, Can you guys confirm please?


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+ DeforMAKulizer on March 17th, 2009 at 12:05 pm said:

I have been waiting for this!!! =D
Awesome! Can’t wait to play it!
Any possible future implementation of home avatars? ^^


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+ AmericanNinja1 on March 17th, 2009 at 12:07 pm said:

@1 its fake.


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+ Vertodeigo on March 17th, 2009 at 12:07 pm said:

Sad to say I can’t buy anything from the Ps store just because of the fact Canada has no support of psn cards or anything for that matter


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+ AmericanNinja1 on March 17th, 2009 at 12:10 pm said:

@4 use pre-paid debit cards. you can get them at your local bank. That is what I read on various forums from people that live in Canada.


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+ Johnnieabraham on March 17th, 2009 at 12:12 pm said:

lol You said the 19th on one sentence and than 2 sentences later you say tomorrow. Anyway, is there actually going to be people talking or is it like Jeopardy?


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    + Jeff Rubenstein on March 17th, 2009 at 1:06 pm said:

    It\’s Thursday.


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+ Vertodeigo on March 17th, 2009 at 12:13 pm said:

@5 ok cool…just the fact that we have no suppost makes me mad


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+ Johnnieabraham on March 17th, 2009 at 12:13 pm said:

Oh and will there be the same problem as Jeopardy where the same puzzles come back all the time.


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+ Thrasher20 on March 17th, 2009 at 12:14 pm said:

YaYuh! Thanks for the games fellas… though I’m busy on President Devil 5 and Killzone 2 :)


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+ lakaiHIGH on March 17th, 2009 at 12:16 pm said:

pretty sweet, lets play wheel of fortune on the Blog!!

3 words: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _!

Clues: N _ _ _ _ R M _!

contestant #1: i’d like to solve the puzzle – Now ouR My???

Sorry thats wrong!

Me: Not foR Me! sorry guys waaaaaay overpriced idc how many puzzles there are nothing justifies the price of this when i can have all the fun and excitement when Wheel of Fortune runs on the tellie. i wish games on PSN had a $10 a pop limit. i miss when PSN first launched and everything was like five bucks. i gots to watch my spending cuz Mr Obama hasn’t passed any bills to help pull us outta this money slump. Times are tough all over!

cheers,
Lh


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+ DaxMontana on March 17th, 2009 at 12:17 pm said:

No gameshow host? Just silence and goofy sound-effects?

Umm…sure.

I’ll pass on this one.


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+ stuartevan on March 17th, 2009 at 12:17 pm said:

This game would have really benefitted from a game show hosts voice work. It sounds too quiet.


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+ womfalcs3 on March 17th, 2009 at 12:17 pm said:

I have Jeopardy!. Please add trophies to it.

Secondly, why no hosts? It’s a Sony Pictures production. Shouldn’t be easy to work through the legal aspects of it?


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+ DaxMontana on March 17th, 2009 at 12:18 pm said:

Is there even local multiplayer?


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+ dehumanizer_666 on March 17th, 2009 at 12:19 pm said:

YES!!!!!! finally, i’ve been waiting for this for a month! now all i’m waiting for is Bomberman Ultra


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+ meep_moop_meep on March 17th, 2009 at 12:20 pm said:

awesome!

i’ll def get this to play my sister and bro-in-law from the U.S


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+ LokeSTL on March 17th, 2009 at 12:21 pm said:

I might buy this game when it’s $10 or less.


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+ ItsNymo on March 17th, 2009 at 12:21 pm said:

so: Is there SIXAXIS-wheel-spinning? ;)

anyways, Looking forward to the game!

also: Is it going to be the same case as Jeopardy where the hosts are absent from the game? At least it will feature all the sights and sounds of the game, right?


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+ KIDamazin on March 17th, 2009 at 12:22 pm said:

@3 Really? ;__;


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+ MS3Boy on March 17th, 2009 at 12:22 pm said:

Pretty creepy with no Pat or Vanna. Thanks for getting Trophies into this one though.

My wife and I still play the old N64 and SNES versions of Wheel, and even without the hosts, it looks like an upgrade.


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+ motorhead85021 on March 17th, 2009 at 12:24 pm said:

Will the puzzles repeat back to back like categories do in Jeopardy?

I’m sorry but fool me once, shame on you …. Well, you know where I’m going here.


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+ leetfoo on March 17th, 2009 at 12:25 pm said:

Neat, but not for $15- especially since I’m willing to bet a month from now there will be a pack of “new puzzles!” for ten more bucks…
I would have easily given you $5 for this, and maybe considered it at $10. $15 for a simple PSN title like this is insulting.
Ah well, I’ll just go play it on my snes emulator for free…


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+ Yung_Gunners__ on March 17th, 2009 at 12:27 pm said:

Home support for this game would be great!!


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+ TakiFuGu on March 17th, 2009 at 12:28 pm said:

$15…LMAO!


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+ Lifewish on March 17th, 2009 at 12:29 pm said:

you know i would love to play this, wheel of fortune is fun with friends, but 15 bucks is a bit too much for this. Ill check back and when its under 10 i will pick it up.


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+ Zookey on March 17th, 2009 at 12:31 pm said:

Cool–was wondering

A) The characters look really similar to HOME Avatars—does this mean we can use our HOME avatar as a character or launch from home?

B) Motion sensing for spinning the wheel? That would be fun!

I agree with everyone else–10 bucks = better price point–15 is quite a lot.


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+ Microshock on March 17th, 2009 at 12:32 pm said:

No, i’ve played jeopardy and if this is the same studio, they did the bare minimum they had to do to make it seem like a jeopardy game.

And they even had in-game trophies that looked like the ps trophies but they didnt ACTUALLY PUT TROPHIES!
Nice job on the 8 or so character models as well.


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+ KIDamazin on March 17th, 2009 at 12:33 pm said:

Can you use the PS3 type pad with this game?


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+ FoolKiller79 on March 17th, 2009 at 12:33 pm said:

No voice acting? $15? Didn’t Jeorpardy get dropped to $10?

But seriously, you are charging $15 for what has always been just a flashy version of hangman?


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+ ROLO_ONFIRE on March 17th, 2009 at 12:33 pm said:

So 15 is the new pricepoint for PSN games? no thanks


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+ JKC31 on March 17th, 2009 at 12:35 pm said:

After the way Jeopardy turned out I stay away. It just feels like a hollow environment.


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+ Bildo818 on March 17th, 2009 at 12:37 pm said:

I am agree…$15 is way too much for me. $5 would’ve been sold, $10 I would’ve eventually bought. $15 is a no go. Especially since pay DLC will be coming I assume.

Bomberman for me! And fat princess! As much as I love these types of games, lets see some more original IP stuff. That I eat up with a spoon!


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+ Szarky on March 17th, 2009 at 12:38 pm said:

@4

“Sad to say I can’t buy anything from the Ps store just because of the fact Canada has no support of psn cards or anything for that matter” Get mommy and daddy to let you borrow their VISA =)


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+ FoolKiller79 on March 17th, 2009 at 12:38 pm said:

Ah here it is: From the 12/23 store update.

Price Update
Jeopardy (permanent price drop to $9.99)

The price dropped in 3 months.

Either you are pulling an Apple App Store ploy to get the early buyers’ money now and then reprice for the masses, or you didn’t learn that we don’t have patience for $15 price tags for games with very little life. The only bonus Wheel of Fortune has is that there isn’t a much better game with similar gameplay avalable, like Buzz was to Jeopardy.

Sorry guys, not buying.


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+ AttackingHobo on March 17th, 2009 at 12:41 pm said:

$15 is too steep of a price for me. If it was $10 then it would be in the sweet spot. Sorry!


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+ SPARDA on March 17th, 2009 at 12:41 pm said:

Trophies and Online play with Voice chat……. DAY ONE BUY

Thanks for the update

SPARDA


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+ Szarky on March 17th, 2009 at 12:42 pm said:

I have to keep this away from my girlfriend. She got me to buy the PS2 Wheel of Fortune off eBay for our backwards compatible 60GB PS3 just because she loves the show so much.


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+ elon09 on March 17th, 2009 at 12:46 pm said:

I paid $15 for Jeopardy and was extremely disappointed. $15 for what you get with this is very overpriced.


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+ SeanScythe on March 17th, 2009 at 12:47 pm said:

I would if it let me use my avatar from home be the character. Come on that should have be the one thing you guys did.


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+ Skant on March 17th, 2009 at 12:47 pm said:

I find it interesting how everyone complains about $15 for a complete game, but not $5 to unlock a single car as a downloadable add-on (I’m looking at you, EA).

Pretty backwards. Apparently, companies can charge rediculously for content as long as it is divided up into tiny payments.

But a single complete game that costs more than $5? It’s the end of the world!!!


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+ major_newbie on March 17th, 2009 at 12:48 pm said:

So WoF with no voice acting, no music, no host and no charm for $14.99.

Or..

A HD remix of one of the most beloved and popular arcade fighting games of all time.

Pricing looks fine to me[/sarcasm]


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+ Ftwrthtx on March 17th, 2009 at 12:52 pm said:

$9.99 would be a batter selling price IMO.


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+ CLINTHOBO on March 17th, 2009 at 12:53 pm said:

I can’t stand this show on TV. I can’t image how bad it would be actually playing it.


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+ fan1310 on March 17th, 2009 at 12:54 pm said:

15 bucks seems a little bit too much for this. I will probably skip this one.


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+ Mobius_124 on March 17th, 2009 at 12:54 pm said:

it would of been much nicer if the game had home integration, that way, we would be able to bring our home avatars into the game. other than that, this is awesome.


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+ BenX42316 on March 17th, 2009 at 12:56 pm said:

WHEN WILL THIS GAME COME OUT IN EUROPE? AND HOW MUCH WILL IT COST IN BRITISH POOUNDS AND EUROS?


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+ whateverman7 on March 17th, 2009 at 1:01 pm said:

$15 bucks is not too much for the game….i know times are tough, but i swear people want everything for free nowadays…like i said: $15 bucks isnt too much for the game…it’s a bigger game then the normal psn game…..nearly 9000 puzzles, custom avas, multiple locations, and a lot of yall fav thing: trophies, how can yall be complaining?…


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+ dam6655 on March 17th, 2009 at 1:03 pm said:

Thank you, this is the soe psn game I was looking most forward to buying.


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+ Se7enthSign on March 17th, 2009 at 1:03 pm said:

Okay, I got burned by JEOPARDY last year. I really hope this is better because I actually like Wheel of Fortune. Please let me know what I can expect here.

1.) Voice acting or hosts? I’m sorry, but no matter how state of the art realistic the graphics are, the absence of a host ruins the entire experience immediately. Even if you can’t get Sajak and Vanna White, at least throw Buzz in there. Anything is better than nothing! Actually, Buzz is probably better than Pat Sajak, anyway.

2.) Easier menus: I don’t know what was going on with Jeopardy, but I know it was crap and it took forever to do simple, mundane things. Please fix the menus.

3.) NO REPEATING THEME MUSIC: The main reason Jeopardy is nothing more than a cluster of used space on my HDD is because I am SO SICK of the theme music repeating over and over and over!! This is the type of game that NEEDS custom soundtracks!

Honestly, Buzz has served well for my game show fix, but I am hoping for the best from Wheel of Fortune. Maybe, I’ll wait for the reviews.


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+ Kairon on March 17th, 2009 at 1:05 pm said:

If this is anything like the Jeopardy game that was released a while back… no thanks.


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