Following months of unbearable silence, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan is at last on the offensive, with a PS3 PR campaign now hitting game magazines and websites across the Pacific. Sadly, the updates in the likes of Famitsu Weekly and Dengeki PlayStation and on sites like Impress Watch and Famitsu.com have been devoid of new information, but with the flood gates opening, we're sure new details will begin to emerge on the 27 PS3 games set to be playable at the late September Tokyo Game Show.
We were able to pull just one new tidbit from the site. The Eye of Judgment, the PS3's first EyeToy game, now has a subtitle: Conquerors of 9 Fields. The game is said to support 1 to 2 players. Separately from the Sony site, the latest issue of Famitsu Weekly reports that Sony is planning on releasing the game as part of a bundle with the EyeToy and a deck of cards.
The site lists "Gran Turismo Series" as being set for display at the Tokyo Game Show. The site seems to definitely be refering to the actual next Gran Turismo retail product, as it lists a release date and price (both TBA). However, the screens shown at the site are from Gran Turismo HD, an E3-only demo that Polyphony prepared for the May show, and are marked as such. Will we get actual hands-on time with the true next generation GT at TGS, or will Sony give Japanese players a chance at GT HD?
Finally, we were able to get some neat quotes from Sony's Phil Harrison via an interview conducted in the latest Dengeki PlayStation. First, rubber ducks! Given Sony's tinkering with rubber duck demos at its last two PS3 press conferences, one might have walked away with the impression that Harrison likes ducks. The tall Brit addressed the issue straight forward, telling the magazine, "To be honest, I don't like rubber ducks!"
Harrison also made some comments on Sony's PS3 lineup, saying, "The common area for all the titles is that they're scheduled to have functions that use the network in some form, be it large scale multiplayer play or downloads." Looks like PS3 will indeed be online from day one!