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Fat Princess: Her Majesty Awaits…

Deborah Mars's Avatar + Posted by Deborah Mars on Jul 17, 2009 // Managing Producer, SCEA Santa Monica Studio

Hey Everyone,

This is Deb Mars, Managing Producer at SCEA Santa Monica Studio. We know many of you are anxiously awaiting the sweet PlayStation Network arrival of none other than Her Royal Highness: Fat Princess.

You have been very patient, and we really do appreciate all your support. Since E3 back in early June, we and the fantastic development team at Titan Studios have been working very hard to get the fine lady and her beloved subjects all ready for their much-anticipated debut.

So here’s the deal: We have tons of info to share with you, but we want to take this opportunity to let you all ask the questions. So, go ahead…ask us. Let us know what you want to know.

Post questions below in response to this blog entry, and then we’ll gather a bunch of them to put forth to Titan Studios. They will answer these questions directly during a PlayStation Eye video chat interview with our good pal, Jeff R, next week.

Enjoy some of the new screenshots, and we’ll be seeing you on the battlefield soon!

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+ oHIKARUo on July 17th, 2009 at 7:10 pm said:

QUESTION: Can we level up each class? do they become better, more specialized?

ANSWER: You can upgrade your hat dispensers (Hat dispensers are the machines that produce “class” hats for the various classes in the game) by playing as a Worker and collecting the necessary resources to upgrade the hat dispencer of your choice. Once you upgrade a hat dispenser you can choose between the “basic” version and the “upgraded” version of the class on the fly during a battle.


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+ akibake on July 17th, 2009 at 7:10 pm said:

It’s been expressed already, but will there be a demo?

I’m not sure I’m interested in this type of game, having never played a tower defense title, but Fat Princess looks like a great game to breach the genre. I hope there will be a demo, particularly one that can be played online. The Warhawk demo is limited to one map, but you may play it as many times as necessary. I found it to be very influential in buying the game. Please do the same with Fat Princess.


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+ oHIKARUo on July 17th, 2009 at 7:10 pm said:

****Questions that have not been answered by Titan Studios.****

QUESTION: Any chance a party system will be implemented before the game is released?

QUESTION: What will be the price tag of the game once it’s released?

QUESTION: Co-op or split screen mode both online and offline?

QUESTION: thoughts for any new classes?

QUESTION: will there be custom soundtrack, like in-game music?

QUESTION: Can characters eat cake?

QUESTION: Are there any medals, awards, ribbons etc. to collect for your online performance?

QUESTION: Will there be official dedicated servers? Will you have servers depending on player ranks?

QUESTION: Will there be voice communication?

QUESTION: Can we create our own custom battlefields and play online on them?

QUESTION: Is the an option for proximity chat? So you can hear the enemy, or possibly taunt your friends while playing them? :)

QUESTION: 1v1 Gladiator matches?

QUESTION: Will there be private rooms?

QUESTION: Female Avatars? (besides the Fat Princess herself?)

QUESTION: Is there trophy support? If so, What are the trophies for this game? If so, will there be a Platinum trophy for Fat Princess?


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+ oHIKARUo on July 17th, 2009 at 7:10 pm said:

QUESTION: Customizable controls?

QUESTION: Will the game have clan support?

QUESTION: Can you please tell us if you are going to support the game with things like DLC?

QUESTION: What screen resolutions will this support?

QUESTION: PlayStation Home support of any kind (game launching, rewardable items, spaces, etc)?

QUESTION: Will there be like a one minute planning stage or is everyone just gonna get thrown in and start doing whatever the heck they want?

QUESTION: I heard the cake was a lie? so is the princess really skinny?

QUESTION: If you’re planning local co-op, will it be split-screen or in the same screen (after all you get a good view of what’s happening)?

QUESTION: Does the Cake come in many flavours? (assuming of course it’s not a lie)

QUESTION: I’ve seen a few videos with a chicken running around the level from what I thought was the Mage casting a spell on an enemy player? How long will this spell last if you don’t have any Mage’s

on your side?

QUESTION: Will the game have an option to mute disrespectful players?


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+ oHIKARUo on July 17th, 2009 at 7:11 pm said:

QUESTION: Will the game have an option to use push to talk or only open mic or could we have a choice of either like warhawk does?

QUESTION: Will you make different princesses?

QUESTION: Will there be a demo?

QUESTION: Is there a way to TURN UP the blood?

QUESTION: Can we expect DLC? New classes? Unique uniforms? Gameplay modes (like, defend the princess? Or Princess HQ? Princess Domination?

QUESTION: Will there be HOME Game Launching Support?

QUESTION: Does it have its own servers or does it run on the other players’ connection?

QUESTION: How many maps will there be?

QUESTION: If I don’t have a mic or my teammates don’t have a mic how can I/they coordinate with each other to perform as a good team?

QUESTION: Help me get excited for the game again! What do ya got?

QUESTION: I noticed that you can choose the skin color of your toon. Any other physical traits we can choose, such as pointy ears, tusks, horns or face paint?

QUESTION: Any special guest-stars planned (i.e. Kratos, Nariko, etc.)?

QUESTION: How heavy of a fantasy setting is this set in? We know magic exists – how about dragons, elves and goblins?

QUESTION: Will you open a Home space ?


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+ oHIKARUo on July 17th, 2009 at 7:11 pm said:

QUESTION: Has some sort of squad-chat system been implemented? In the beta there was a big problem with people getting cut out when they were talking at the same time, even with only 3 or 4 people

mic’d on a team.

QUESTION: Will there be a way to form a party with people on your friends list so that when you join a game together you all end up on the same team? Sort of related, but is there going to be a way to

set a preferred starting team?

QUESTION: Are we going to see additional maps or other add-ons released on a regular basis? Will they be free or for pay? Other than maps what additional content, if any, is currently in the works?

Even if the game were only shipping with the one map from the beta it’d last a good while, but a little refresh every few months wouldn’t be bad and I’m sure I’m not the only person who would love to

throw some more money at you guys.

QUESTION: Is there a limit the number of players using a class an any given time?

QUESTION: Do PSP and PS3 players interact in online matches?

QUESTION: I was wondering if you can compare and contrast the psp version and the ps3 version of the game also will both versions be available at the same time?


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+ GOT2BALL on July 17th, 2009 at 7:11 pm said:

Was wondering if you would enlighten us with a little more details on the different classes and there stregths/weaknesses.

Also will you be able to find new weapons or lvl up your character you play as?


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+ oHIKARUo on July 17th, 2009 at 7:11 pm said:

QUESTION: Will you fix the hit detection with the workers and the trees and rocks?

QUESTION: Also, I’ve noticed a lot of tearing in the dev blogs.Is that something that’s being worked on?

QUESTION: How many maps will there be at launch?

QUESTION: Will there be any sort of persistent leveling up, or stat tracking? (IE. Call of Duty style)

QUESTION: Will there be a party system? I obviously want to be able to play game after game with a friend without having to send him an invite every time.

QUESTION: This is a game that is going to revolve around voice communication. Are you guys working hard on voice-chat, so that it works extremely well, and can be heard clearly?

QUESTION: Fat Princess on PSP ? May be an 8v8 for Infrastructure?

QUESTION: Any chance for user created levels that can be shared online?

QUESTION: Will there be ingame clan support?

QUESTION: Does it have remote play mode?

QUESTION: Any chance to have Fat Princess costumes in LBP?

QUESTION: id like to hear more about this gladiator mode. i would like to hear if the gladiator mode will have online co-op


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+ oHIKARUo on July 17th, 2009 at 7:12 pm said:

QUESTION: How robust is the single player mode? Will it just serve as practice for the multiplayer or will it actually be a full fledged experience in itself?

QUESTION: Will we Europeans have to wait an unspecified amount of time before we can buy this game?

QUESTION: Are Europeans expected to pay more for thsi than Americans? i.e. $1 = £1?

QUESTION: I noticed on the Beta that most of the menu options are comical. Are they going to in the game?

QUESTION: Will you be able to form squads?

QUESTION: Will the arena battle mode be available for multiplayer online or offline?

QUESTION: Will there be a way to level up, or have some sort of system that shows progression over the whole scheme of things? Perhaps unlocking ingame medals to show off to other players, and raising

your experience level. Perhaps more experience can give new character costumes.

QUESTION: What is the reason of the delay?

QUESTION: Is there a release date of Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake (PSP)?

QUESTION: Can you confirm if this game will be released world wide?


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+ oHIKARUo on July 17th, 2009 at 7:12 pm said:

QUESTION: Are you going to release Fat Princess and Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake for the PSP together with Fat Princess for the PS3

QUESTION: Will there be a way to buy a boxed version of Fat Princess and Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake?

QUESTION: Can you explain something more about what is in “Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake”?

QUESTION: Will you continue supporting the title adding maps download or by “stronger” DLC (for instance new modalities, new chapter of single player game, ecc…)?

QUESTION: I wrote sometimes to Titan Studios media mail but I never got an answer. Ahem, yeah. I knew that that one wasn’t an email for that purpose but… isn’t there a method to keep more in contact

with you and your products? Website isn’t updated since a lot… :(

QUESTION: Is there the intention to build on this title a strong brand so that in future we’ll have more and more (ok, DLC are fine and I’ll love your update. But in 2012-2013 I would like another Fat

Princess. Yeah, I haven’t this one and I want more. ç_ç Gimme caaaaake).

QUESTION: Online on the PSP title will use adhocParty or we’ll be able to play online directly connecting PSP?


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+ oHIKARUo on July 17th, 2009 at 7:12 pm said:

QUESTION: I saw that in Pain an image of Fat Princess appeared. It has snow and the Princess is on a sledge. Only an image or in some maps we’ll have some original ways to take away the Princess (I’m

not talking of adding cars and other… but a sledge would be a shortcut. Like in Black Forest you can jump with the Princess in the well!)?

QUESTION: In a map I saw there was a football [SOCCER for USA] pitch with a ball… of course you can hit and kill other people but is it only a particoular setting of an “arena” or you’ve mixed

something sport elements? I mean… the first team that score 3 goals win. And so you have to kill other while you throw ball untill you score. It would be fine (ok, I’m italian and I love football

[SOCCER for USA]. >_> But it would!).

QUESTION: Will be the OST of Fat Princess on sell? CD or DD?

QUESTION: And lastly waht are the un announced maps/game modes?

QUESTION: Why don’t you create a “special collection edition” with a boxed PS3 game and a boxed PSP game? I want it so bad. :( Pleeeeease!


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+ oHIKARUo on July 17th, 2009 at 7:13 pm said:

QUESTION: Will it play in native 1080p? If it plays in 720p, will it use FSAA to upscale the 720p render to 1080p?

QUESTION: Are the soundtrack and sound effects encoded with a lossless codec? and/or 24-bit? Will we be able to select LPCM output for highest quality (so as to avoid an unnecessary decode+encode

cycle) like in the Uncharted 2 beta? Flock’s low-quality audio was a big disappointment to me, which is why I didn’t buy it at the premium pricing even though I liked the game.

QUESTION: Will there be a level creator and the ability to share levels, either in-game or as separate DLC (as with Cuboid)?

QUESTION: Can a local co-op team of 3-4 players play against other people online? built-in or via DLC?

QUESTION: I was wondering if the ps3 version and psp version would have to be bought seprately or if you buy one you get the other one too?

QUESTION: Is the game shareable? or is it locked like Warhawk?

QUESTION: How robust will the stat-tracking in this game be?

QUESTION: What inspired you to put such an orginal and funny twist on a clasical game type.


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+ oHIKARUo on July 17th, 2009 at 7:13 pm said:

QUESTION: Will there be Home unlockable content, like a wall paper for you personal space for example, or Tshirts for Home?

QUESTION: Where could I give my beta impressions? I’ve been playing in the beta since it launched and I’ve got both, negative and positive feedback about it.

QUESTION: What is the scope of the single player campaign?

QUESTION: I read there were problems with the code?

QUESTION: Maybe a PlayStation Eye compatibility with Fat Princess?

QUESTION: Will we be able to record in-game videos (like Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists Of Plastic)?

QUESTION: Persistant stats or some sort of web based stat tracking?

QUESTION: I would like to know if Fat Princess will feature Youtube support? Where we can upload 10min videos to our Youtube channels.

QUESTION: Will I be able to take screenshots in game?

QUESTION: Will one region of the world get Fat Princess before another? (Example, USA will be able to purchase Fat Princess before EU.)

QUESTION: Would there be plans for special match-ups such as a team of developers vs. players?


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+ oHIKARUo on July 17th, 2009 at 7:13 pm said:

QUESTION: Will there be different types of ‘flags’ in the game other than the same princess?
maybe different princesses, kings, guest characters from other games ??

QUESTION: Have all the bugs been fixed?

QUESTION: Will there be intelligent match-making to make the battles even?

QUESTION: How important is voice chat in working as a team?

QUESTION: Are there quick, easy ways to visually communicate?

QUESTION: I spoke with Craig Leah back at the GDC PS blog meet up and we discussed the possibility of remote play using the PSP. Was that ever implemented or will it be in the future?

QUESTION: Will I be able to Mute all these people that want ingame music, and force me to listen to all their crappy music?

QUESTION: Will there be keyboard support?

QUESTION: Pringles or Lays?


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+ CrashSpyro on July 17th, 2009 at 7:31 pm said:

Will there be an actual server browser in the final build? I was convinced that there were no online servers being hosted when I couldn’t get into any games during the special days, so a concrete view of open servers would be great to have.


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+ Browler on July 17th, 2009 at 7:39 pm said:

I just want to know when it will be released! It sounds like the multiplayer game I’ve waited for all summer but won’t get till school starts!!! You know, people need summer games…


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+ ThanatosDMC on July 17th, 2009 at 7:40 pm said:

Is it possible for us to play with just one other person online and have the rest of the characters play as bots?

Like two human playerss + bots vs enemy bots???

I want to just play with my girlfriend, if it’s possible.


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+ Browler on July 17th, 2009 at 7:41 pm said:

@akibaki You do know its not a tower defense game. It’s just a quirky multiplayer game, idk what genre it really is…


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+ Azure_Flame_Kite on July 17th, 2009 at 7:44 pm said:

I want to know if there would be other modes besides team deathmatch and capture the princess.


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+ MDevonB on July 17th, 2009 at 7:45 pm said:

Question 1:
Can you coat the princess in lard, or chocolate frosting to make the princess slippery and hard to push/carry?

Question 2:
Will there be a hard to figure out cheatcode that makes your princess naked so when the enemies come over, they spend 10 seconds making grossed out motions before doing their job and bringing her to their palace?


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+ syk1288 on July 17th, 2009 at 7:51 pm said:

If you keep prolonging your game it would get so much hype that when it comes out everyone is not going to like it. For example, Prototype was supposed to be a great game from what we’ve heard in the past but it got so hyped and now look where that game went. Nowhere. I buy every single game that is good. I don’t have a specific genre of games that I have as a favorite. Atleast give a release date even if it’s to far people would know how to wait instead of keeping everything hidden. For example, Infamous. They gave us a release date even though it was to far they could hype the game all they wan since we already know when it’s coming out.


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+ Tezasaurus on July 17th, 2009 at 7:52 pm said:

A release date.


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+ GeneralOfDeath on July 17th, 2009 at 7:52 pm said:

Im sure everyone wants to know this but, can we get any sort of release date at all :(


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+ Mindplague on July 17th, 2009 at 7:52 pm said:

Will the game have split screen for local play? Why don’t games do that anymore?! If so, can two people log into their PSN account at the same time?


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+ napkin on July 17th, 2009 at 7:54 pm said:

It’s unfortunate that this game was delayed. Honestly if you guys plan on releasing this in the fall there’s no way it’s going to sell. Everything is going to fail sales wise when released near Modern Warfare 2.

The 2nd allure to this game other than the content is that it was supposed to be out in the summer, so i’d buy it, play it for a few months online and it would hold me over until Modern Warfare 2.

Trust me when I say you’ll sell a LOT more of this game if you get it out by august at the latest. September and later is really pushing it and you’re gambling at that point.


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+ Black_Ryuk on July 17th, 2009 at 7:56 pm said:

KInda have 2 questions
1. Will you be allow anymore people into a beta for the game?
2. Will there be DLC for the game after it comes out? If so what kind?


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+ GeneralOfDeath on July 17th, 2009 at 8:04 pm said:

I agree with all the people like #223 if this game does not come out soon its going to fail. Especially because its heavily based on online play. Its going to be the same as games like Calling All Cars that got delayed. How can the problem be this big that it has not been fixed yet :S When the game was ready to be released.


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+ turtlecatperson on July 17th, 2009 at 8:06 pm said:

are any of thoughs pictures the fat princess on the psp?


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+ Mozykins on July 17th, 2009 at 9:24 pm said:

Is there Split-Screen play?

(I’m not too up to date with FP)
Are there different character types?(scout, infantry, etc)

RELEASE DATE?

Will it be supported with DLC(how long?)?

Is there a single-player campaign?

In-game music?

One sentence to describe Fat Princess?

=)


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+ VenomXv on July 17th, 2009 at 9:45 pm said:

Next week can’t come sooner


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+ CloudStorm87 on July 17th, 2009 at 9:49 pm said:

- When is the game coming out?

I really hope it comes out no later than August because then there will be quite a few games coming out and the game will have lost all the hype it generated earlier this year.

- What are the current multiplayer modes and how many maps in total are there?

- Will there be a lobby system for the online multiplayer?

- Will there be any sorting levelling up or XP system in the game? If yes, please provide details.

- Will there be a clan system?

- What specific incentives are there for players to work together? What kind of squad options/commands can we expect?

- Will there be some sort of party mode?


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+ kKrySh12 on July 17th, 2009 at 10:08 pm said:

when is it being release? (specific date)

what exactly caused the pushback of a june release?

what will the price be?

when and how much DLC will come out for it after release and what kind of price range do you expect this DLC to cost?

have you been adding something totally new that we have yet to hear about from the game and what is it?

is splitscreen of any type supported? whether online battles or gladiator mode?

will there be a demo for fat princess the day of release or the week before release?

can the psp version be played in any way with the ps3 version, or are they completely seperate games?

also just for fun, will you please just tell us every piece of information your studio knows on fat princess?!?!? :P


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+ ShadOforce on July 17th, 2009 at 10:33 pm said:

>__<
Can the interview just happen tomorrow so we can get a release date? I think we’d all appreciate that.


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+ oHIKARUo on July 17th, 2009 at 10:39 pm said:

lol you guys are still repeating every single one of the questions I already reposted to condense this thread into those few posts.

The game will come out no later than August, since that marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall.

I agree that if this game isn’t released soon then the game will fail because all of the players with a tight budget will save money for the Q4 releases like MAG, MW2, etc.

That is too bad because I already had 25 people lined up to purchase this upon release, we don’t share games either we all buy them to support the developer. Oh well.


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+ ShadOforce on July 17th, 2009 at 10:51 pm said:

@232:

Only Titan Studios can answer the question regarding a release date, not you. That is, unless you work for them, which you probably don’t. ~_~


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+ gor1llap1mp on July 17th, 2009 at 11:12 pm said:

Hey guys, the game looks great but, the one thing that really bothers me is screen tearing and ive seen alot through the many videos and demos. Will the final version be free of this dreadful glitch?


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+ Ja_mestheGreat on July 17th, 2009 at 11:31 pm said:

when?


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+ DUGREY on July 17th, 2009 at 11:51 pm said:

Will there be downloadable content available?


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+ syk1288 on July 18th, 2009 at 12:02 am said:

This game is going to fail. I feel it.

Numbers of things for me to buy that I would be occupied with instead of this game.

1. PSPgo!
2. Madden 10
3. NHL10
4. NBA2k10
5. Uncharted 2
6. Modern Warfare 2
7. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
8. Specially MAG!
9. Dissidia FF
10. The Beatles: Rockband
11. Mini Ninjas
12. Batman
13. Marvel Ultiamte Alliance 2
14. HEAVY RAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
15. TEKKEN 6
16. RACHET AND CRANK!

I’ll stop here you must get my point by now.

Well yes It’s going to be hard for anyone to concentrate on all of these games at them same time. So if you intend on releasing your game by the time any of these games release your absolutely FAILING!


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+ Ryuuchi10 on July 18th, 2009 at 12:05 am said:

The most common question is: WHEN WILL IT COME OUT?!


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+ AvoidTalkingMice on July 18th, 2009 at 1:24 am said:

- Will there be stat tracking?
- DLC a possibility?
- PSP-PS3 Connectivity?
- Of course – Release date?


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+ NOSlaver on July 18th, 2009 at 1:38 am said:

Will this game support 2 player co – op, either cooperatively or competitively, on the same console?


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+ Armyless on July 18th, 2009 at 1:49 am said:

I tried reading through some of these comments before my eyes started to bleed. Just take your time, get it right, and release the very game you intend to.


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+ MazzingerZ on July 18th, 2009 at 1:56 am said:

US gamers don’t care about this but

WOULD YOU SUPPORT COUNTRY FLAGS IN LOBBIES? Seeing the different flags of the other players in the lobby really gives a sense of global community to online games, I saw that difference when playing on the PSN for the first time…XBL didn’t do that (not sure today)

You can edit this Q as you please, the real question is about the country flags

thanks and looking forward to your game


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+ GUNSOFDAPATRIOTS on July 18th, 2009 at 2:23 am said:

Is FAT PRINCESS coming out on BluRay disc in stores? I really want this game but I hate filling up my HDD with more games. I barely have any room left and prefer having the hard copy.

I think Fat Princess is a big enough title to be on BluRay. Even Marvel vs Capcom2 (downloadable game) is having a BluRay edition that can be bought in stores. Why not Fat Princess!


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+ Enigma777 on July 18th, 2009 at 3:02 am said:

Whats taking so damn long?!


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+ RockLeeX on July 18th, 2009 at 3:28 am said:

Will there be a persistent leveling up system?

I know you can level up your character and change your classes during a game, but it seems like it will only be effective for that specific match.

To keep players interested in the online portion of the game for months and years to come, there should be some sort of persistent level progression like Call of Duty 4 and WAW’s Prestige Levels. Are there any persistent features in the game to offer gamers incentive to keep on playing? Things such as unlockable customizations?

Anyways, can you guys confirm how many players can play on one system? What modes can they all play together in? Online and offline? Multiple user account log-ins?

Leaderboards? User created customized matches? A variety of online modes such as Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, etc? Clan support?

Basically how robust are the single player/multiplayer/co-op/splitscreen/online/offline aspects of the game?


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+ RockLeeX on July 18th, 2009 at 3:29 am said:

Now on to my wishful thinking rant.

Someone suggested a “Fat Princess: Far East pack” with samurais and ninjas and feeding sushi to the princesses in Asian themed maps. I second this. ^_^ Maybe after that offer modern army themes, then go on to gang wars, then zombies, etc. Take Fat Princess all the way!!! >:D

By the way, this next question isn’t really about Fat Princess specifically. But is Sony working on a way to offer physical copies of Download-only games? Maybe a website where we can order a couple of games to be fitted onto a Bluray, and pay the full prices of all the games combined + the price of the Bluray disc?


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+ Vanpak on July 18th, 2009 at 5:18 am said:

Is there an option for four players to sit together on one couch and play online??? IF NOT THEN THISS IS A BIG FAIL.

A Game LIKE Fat princess needs people to play together and sony always forgets that there are more than one player @ one house who like to sit together and play ( thatss why people buy more than one dual shock )

PLS ADD 4 PLAYER SPLIT SCREEN !!!!!1
PLS ADD 4 PLAYER SPLIT SCREEN !!!!!!


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+ Maulerr on July 18th, 2009 at 5:20 am said:

First of all, thanks for creating such a funny, good looking multiplayer game. Besides Uncharted 2, this is the one I’ve been looking out for in 2009.

As for the questions…
I won’t ask when the European release date is, or how much it will cost – although I do like to know.

I’d like to know, as a member of PS3clan.nl, if there’s a possibility to create a clan? So players can put in there clantag and everything else that comes with creating a clan.

Also, will there be ‘bots’ to fill up the ‘space’?


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