Tokyo Game Show 2005 Wrap-Up
- Sony announced that all of its development studios (SCEA, SCEI, SCEE) have merged into a single entity called Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios. Get used to seeing the acronym "SCEWS."
- Namco announces Ace Combat Zero: The Belcan War. The game will take place 15 years prior to events in Ace Combat 5.
- Konami reveals that Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence will ship with multiple discs. Disc 1 will contain Metal Gear Solid 3. Disc 2 will contain an online version of the game with special missions. Disc 3 will contain 3.5 hours of cut scene clips from MGS3, as well as a variety of MGS3 trailers... including the Metal Gear Raiden: Snake Eater comedy video from TGS 2005.
- Gran Turismo creators Polyphony Digital announce they're working on a motorbike game called Tourist Trophy. Think Gran Turismo for bikes.
- Namco announces Xenosaga III, which will be the series' final installment.
- Square-Enix announces December 22 release for Kingdom Hearts 2 in Japan. It's not known yet whether the game will ship to North America in 2005.
- Konami showed off an impressive game footage trailer for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. In MGS4, Snake is in his late-50's and has a lot of gray hair. Check our PS3 image galleries for screen captures.
- Konami also revealed that they're working on a Gradius game for PS3.
- Capcom showed a trailer for Devil May Cry 4.
- Atari is working on the next installment of the Alone in the Dark franchie, for PS3.
- Atari is also working on Stuntman 2 for PS3.
- KOEI is working on an action game in the Dynasty Warriors vein called BladeStorm, which will be set in ancient Europe.
- Sony showed off images of Genji 2. Genji for PS2 comes out this week.
- Sony also showed off a work-in-progress video demo of Warhawk.
- Sony showed off a real-time video of Formula One that looked just as good as the pre-rendered trailer shown during E3.
- UbiSoft announced Brothers in Arms 3 is in development.
- UbiSoft is working on a PS3-specific game called Assassin. Nothing else revealed except that the game will be set in medieval times.
- Electronic Arts revealed that they're working on a Medal of Honor game for PS3. Half of the Cell processor's SPU's will go for graphics. The rest will be used for physics, AI, special effects, and such.
- Namco showed off a playable demo of Katamari Damacy for PSP. The game looks identical to the PS2 games, but the levels are mostly tropical islands and cities. In this new game, the prine has to help clean up after a tsunami.
- Bandai and Q? Entertainment, makers of Lumines, announced a new puzzle game for the PSP called Every Extend Extra.
- Sony showed off a one level demo of a unique puzzle-platform game called Loco Roco, where plays try to manipulate a blob through levels using only the L and R buttons. Everyone who played it came away raving.
- Sony also announced Talkman, a language translator with microphone for the PSP that will convert back and forth between Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and English. The software will also check your pronunciation. No word yet if this will come to North America or Europe.
- Sony Online Entertainment announced Untold Legends 2 and Field Commander. Field Commander is a turn-based strategy game similar to Nintendo's Advance Wars.
- Konami showed off a playable build of Metal Gear Acid 2, which will sell in Japan along with a bizarre stereoscopic box that will let players play the game in 3D.
- KOEI announced another Dynasty Warriors game.
- Capcom showed off a playable build of Monster Hunter Portable, which will release in Japan in December and in North America in Q1 2006.
- Capcom had a playable build of Street Fighter Alpha 3 Upper Upper on display. 38 characters, all of the arcade modes, and a couple PSP specific modes. We've got a preview in our PSP previews section.
- Capcom also showed off video footage of Goku Makaimura, a.k.a. Extreme Ghouls N' Ghosts.
9/19/2005 Frank Provo