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Nine New PS3 Exclusives From Sony at TGS 2008? |

Where are they?

I can count three new PS3 exclusives from Sony, two of which are smaller downloadable games:

  1. Demon’s Souls
  2. Dress
  3. Derby Time Online

And three new PS3 exclusive announcements from third-party publishers:

  1. Spelunker from IREM
  2. Quantum Theory from Tecmo
  3. Metal Gear Online Expansion from Konami

It’s safe to say, that this TGS was a disappointment. Now, the enthusiast gaming community is perpetually disappointed by absolutely everything (our appetite for new games and major announcements is “truly insatiable”). But this goes beyond the usual: This TGS was blatantly oversold.

And I want to know who is to blame. How did things change from nine new first/second party PS3 game announcements to a measely three (two of which are smaller, downloadable types)? Did games get pulled at the last minute? Did Sony lie? Did some news source butcher the facts and propagate the false info to everyone else?

UPDATE – EXPLANATION: Basically, Sony’s Japanese site listed all the titles that would appear at their booth and said (in Japanese) that there would be nine additional unannounced PS3 titles shown. By “unannounced”, they didn’t mean “brand new never before shown games”, but rather “omitted from the initial list of games present at the Sony booth” which is a heck of a lot less interesting. This includes things like Killzone 2 and flOwer, which were obviously shown before, but were “unannounced” in the sense that they weren’t initially identified as appearing at the TGS booth in that press release.

Who is to Blame: It looks like everyone’s favorite target, the western media, is ultimately to blame for this one. From what I can tell, this was a media mis-interpretation and telephone-like rumor embellishing and propagation that started from a Japanese Sony press release with an ambiguous translation.

(thanks rjcc for the info and links)

IGN: “Sony has nine unannounced first party PS3 games set for the show” (plus two from Konami/Irem)
Destructoid: “TGS 2008: Sony: 14 unannounced titles at TGS”
Gamespot: 12 internally developed PS3/PSP reveals. 9 Sony published PS3 reveals.
1UP: “Sony Plans to Show 11 Unannounced PS3 Games as TGS” (including Konami + Irem reveals)

Sony PR Manager, Ron Eagle, said this at E3 last July:

I’d also stand by for Tokyo Game Show. There are still other products that need time to incubate before they’re announced.

  • Stephen

    Totally agree with you there.

    I really wish Konami would make a new Zone of the Enders for PS3 and XBOX 360

    And what is level 5’s big annoucement? They had a countdown for that..but didn’t seem like that big of a deal? Did I miss something?

  • Leaf

    Don’t forget Uncharted Waters Online, that looks pretty interesting I think and it’s PS3-exclusive (if you don’t count the PC original).

    Also, Level 5 announced all their stuff a few days prior to the show.

    But yeah… letting exclusives slip out of their hands will be Sony’s downfall this gen. 360 selling out in Japan is ludicrous and could’ve been prevented.

  • James

    The period between and including E308 and TGS08 will go down as the period in which Sony let SCE very seriously undermine one of the worlds great brands. I always thought Sony would come an easy second in this race, starting to get close to the Wii in 09/10. Now I think they haven’t a hope in hell of ever catching the 360 in the US (let alone the Wii) and the latter will almost certainly catch up everywhere else.

    Sir Howard needs to start calling a few senior executives into his office this week and invite them to pick up a sword.

    As an owner of every PS console there is, a launch day PS3 buyer, and someone who buys only Sony electronics where possible, I take no pleasure in saying any of this.

  • Rjcc

    apparently this is the list:

    White Knight Chronicles (PS3)
    Gran Turismo 5: Prologue Spec III (PS3)
    Killzone 2 (PS3)
    Demon’s Souls (PS3)
    Yakuza 3 (PS3)
    Winning Eleven 2009 (PS3)
    Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires (PS3)
    Metal Gear Online (PS3)
    Quantum Theory (PS3)
    Flower (PS3)
    Spelunker (PS3)

    That we already knew about at least 6 of those games and a Gran turismo prologue repack is entirely lame, i don’t know what sony was high on calling them unannounced.

  • Rjcc

    this is the source of the 9/11 unannounced games statement:

    “More unreleased title (AIREMUSOFUTOUEAENJINIARINGU Corporation / 1 title)
    (Konami Digital Entertainment / 1 title)
    (Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. / 9 Titles)”

    but they didn’t name them. something lost in translation? maybe, but seeing as how we already knew about most of them, not naming the games is just silly.

  • Rich

    Has it maybe occurred to anyone here that maybe Sony has conceded defeat? The PS3 is going to get spanked this Christmas. Not because of the game selection but because of console price. Sony’s big mistake is not cutting the PS3’s price. Why would anyone choose a PS3 for $399 when you get get a 360 for $199. Ok, I know you don’t get a hard drive or Wi-Fi with a 360 but do you think that matters to the average person? The economy is in the toilet, people are going to have a hard time shelling out that much money for a PS3 even with great games like LitlleBigPlanet & Resistance 2. Don’t get me wrong, I love my PS3 and look forward to playing all the great games this winter but I am prepared for more disappointment when more exclusives go the 360’s way & maybe you guys should be too.

  • Office Ninja

    I agree with this up to a point. I was expecting a little bit more of an earth shattering announcement, but they did technically deliver on there promise. I thought there were rumors team ICO was planning on announcing there game at Tokyo. Also I notice that Heavy Rain wasn’t shown either. Still all in all, we have some great exclusives coming our way. In addition to the list below we also have God of War III, Heavy Rain, and The Queen.

    White Knight Chronicles (PS3)
    Gran Turismo 5: Prologue Spec III (PS3)
    Killzone 2 (PS3)
    Demon’s Souls (PS3)
    Yakuza 3 (PS3)
    Winning Eleven 2009 (PS3)
    Dynasty Warriors 5 Empires (PS3)
    Metal Gear Online (PS3)
    Quantum Theory (PS3)
    Flower (PS3)
    Spelunker (PS3)

  • hobbes

    LBP may save them, that’s their only chance, and their hoping LBP will sell systems.

  • Darrin

    I totally agree that there is tons of great exclusive and non-exclusive content on the way. However, as a “show”, where people expect surprises, dramatic announcements, and new reveals, rather than a review of what we already know, TGS was a major disappointment. There were a couple of little things that were nice (Demon Souls has potential, WKC is looking better) but ultimately there wasn’t anything big at all.

    By comparison, E3 had tons of stuff. A handful of big game reveals and a full keynote presentation.

  • JimmyStewart

    I’ve long since stopped looking to Japan for anything really that exciting in terms of video gaming. Sure my wife’s gotten me to enjoy LocoRoco and Patapon far more than is probably healthy (both of which did get sequels, yeah). And I really get in the mood for Katamari, 360Voice claims it’s my most played 360 game. But as for a serious gaming experience I can’t think of a single title I’m looking for from Japan. Honestly outside of those three games I can’t think of any. EXCEPT one.

    Where the hell was Kingdom Hearts 3? That and God of War 3 are the two games that I’ll personally use to justify gaming on the PS3. I was sure the rumor was that Square was going to announce it this TGS. A KH3 release would’ve made that the year of the PS3 for me. Now I worry it’ll peak in March with God of War (arguably being my game of the year already) and then I’ll struggle to find another title for that year.

  • JimmyStewart

    Oh and Rich…

    “Why would anyone choose a PS3 for $399 when you get get a 360 for $199.”

    I think the hard drive definitely matters to the average person. I just had a fairly detailed conversation with a guy at work who was very loudly confusing Halo 3 and Call of Duty and wanted the console mostly to play “Madden”. I actually tried to talk him into the $199 360 and without missing a beat he asked why he’d buy the one without the HD. My sister asked the same question this past week. People aren’t completely blind to the need for a hard drive. It might be a little pricier but I think that works in the PS3s favor.

    Secondly, it ignores the biggest selling point of the PS3 imo. The Blu-Ray player. That’s like two gifts with one stone. I think that will more than help to keep Sony from getting spanked. It might not “win” but it’ll do enough. Think of the sales of the PS3 to date… it’s had no major titles to sell consoles with the exception of MGS4. And hell, Blu-Ray is why I own two PS3s right now.

    I think Sony will do fine the Christmas and the the Blu-Ray features will be it’s biggest saving grace. I think Blu-Ray is just starting to truly take off.

  • Abdulelah

    nice artical Darrin, and I totaly agree with the ‘who is to blame’ section you just hit the point!


  • Still, it was a shoddy press release on Japanese side. Instead of listing the games, they just went with ‘unannounced’. Shoddy.. Sure it was mis-interpreted, but Sony also claimed it won an emmy for sixaxis:

    But it didn’t, and they had to retract it:

    Bad Sony.. Bad..

  • Each company is responsible for it’s own PR and expectations.
    This is Sony’s fault. SOny is just behind the times. They don’t understand online, They certainly don’t understand online media or media expectations. MS is handing them their ass. The 360 is the VHS of this age. It’s crappy technology but it will win because I believe Sony is too arrogant to believe that an inferior technical solution can beat them. And MS is handing it to them.

  • Rjcc

    Eh, I still lay it on Sony. the story’s been out for how many days and they did nothing to dissuade it? Add in the fact they’ve been teasing TGS bombshells for months now. There’s no reason why they couldn’t have cleared things up, except that perhaps even SCEA might not have known what is going in their japan arm since they all work separately.

  • I don’t see how MS are ‘handing it’ to Sony when both platforms have largely the same titles coming out this Christmas.

    Quite the opposite to what seems to be the general consensus (even here on a PS3 site), I personally struggle to find anything to make the 360 worth buying. The titles I want are either multi-platform, or exclusive to PS3. I’m not into RPGs, so it doesn’t matter how many of those MS have bought exclusive rights to… and the Gears series aside, there’s nothing else I’m interested in.

    In fact, with at least ten multi-platform and exclusive titles out between now and Christmas that I want, this will be the best Christmas for gaming that I’ve had in a VERY long time, thanks to my PS3.

  • MS is handing it to Sony because every ad that’s on TV seemingly ends with a 360 bumper. The amount of coverage for games that MS is buying from games sites is huge. How many Gears and Fable II articles a day are showing up on games blogs? Molyneux is everywhere. so is Cliffy B. Where’s Ted Price. Isn’t Resistance coming out.
    MS is building a larger hype bubble this Christmas. I haven’t seen one LBP ad on TV. It’s out next week. Where’s the blitz. While MS is lowering prices and selling a few more consoles. The MS PR machine is writing it up as monster sales. In Marketing. Perception is Reality. And the Perception is that MS is winning and garnering most of the attention.
    I’ll agree that the PS3 has a good lineup of games. But the perception is that MS is the owner of those games and Sony is tagging along for the ride.

    I just think Sony should be doing more to promote their system.