After remaining offline for almost three months, the PlayStation Store has been restored in Japan. Now the good folks in the orient will be treated to their version of Sony’s Welcome Back package, giving affected users free games and a full month of PS Plus amongst other things. This follows a string of unfortunate events that’s hit Sony where it hurts as of recent, but now it seems the slow process of restoration has ended. Moving on to news things, then. Thanks, Andriasang.
…You’ll either want to move to Japan and give Team ICO a big ole hug, or hold the studio hostage for taking so long to release the darn games.
On the PS Blogs, Sony’s slapped up the release date for super popular HD classics ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus.
Watch Kaz Hirai welcome the service’s return and thank customers for their patience. It’s below the break.
The same Senator who wrote an open letter to Sony asking the giant why it took so long to inform customers that their sensitive information had been compromised, has come out and praise the firm for its swift response and the the help it’s offered customers in the wake of the situation. He even said Sony’s response “could serve as a model for other companies facing similar criminal hacking”.
Inside Sony Japan, where most massive company decisions are made, the mood must have been joyful when it was time to release PS3: “Guys we have no competition!” PlayStation father Ken Kutaragi must have proclaimed. “PS2 is the most successful console ever made, and with over 130 million (at the time) sold, the PS3 will have even more success!” I imagine he didn’t stop there either, with his confidence beaming, and Sony wanting to once again put out the most compelling machine they’d ever forged, all sorts of technology must have been considered, and although price would’ve definitely be an issue, Sony wasn’t afraid.
“They’ll buy it!” I could hear Hirai siding with Kutaragi, “it’s PlayStation, damn it! Look at how many PS2s were sold!” Things were getting a bit touchy though, price range had shot up from $399 to now $599 and some execs were perturbed. “Are we showing too much confidence in our userbase?” Another thought to himself, yet he failed to utter the thing, since the two big dogs in the room held all the say. So Blu-Ray was implemented, OtherOS, Cell Technology – and the final product was a massive technological accomplishment, but one that came with a great price.
The Last Guardian director Fumito Ueda stopped by the EU PS Blog to announce that The Last Guardian and ICO/Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection had suffered a setback, and while there, he gave the reasons why.
Seems like our ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD fix won’t be coming anytime soon, as the game’s said to have been the victim of a substantial delay sending its arrival out of spring, and into the holiday season.
In all honesty, Gran Turismo 5 is one of the most content-filled games to hit any console, and yet Polyphony Digital’s releasing more as time goes by. What’s the latest? A tweet from the boss himself, Kazunori Yamauchi, hints at an update that will revive the Performance Points system first helmed in Prologue.
According to SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida, “NGP” will not be the final name of Sony’s revolutionary handheld, confirming that the device will get a formal name “later this year”.
Finally, we have a release date, new screens and a spanking new trailer for one of PS3′s most anticipated titles past the break.
Gaming’s never been better.
Damage control, damage control, we have a very troubling situation here. What seems to be some new screenshots of Team ICO’s new game, The Last Guardian, has just landed on the internet and it’s catching the whole place on fire.
I can’t see nothing, the smoke’s engulfing the entirety of gaming’s web.
Water’s rather clear, fire will burn you, and don’t run at the front of a moving vehicle because you might get crushed.
The aforementioned are things people know not to do, obviously, and just like them, we know the Team ICO Collection, which includes ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, would eventually come to the PS3, especially after all the rumors that’s been spreading across gaming’s web recently.
But still, nothing’s better than Solid confirmation.
Do we need any more evidence that the long rumored Team ICO collection featuring Shadow of the Colossus and ICO existed? No. We’re now thoroughly convinced, but seeing how the box art looks before it’s officially unveiled won’t hurt one bit.
That’s why we have it posted past the break. Quench it.
Rumors concerning the high in demand Team ICO collection are now in full swing. This time, a tentative release date and pricing for the PS2 classics making their way onto the PS3.
We’re singing songs of joy now.