Just before E3 2011, SCEE's James Gallagher has officially unveiled several upcoming NGP titles for Sony's Next Generation Portable handheld alongside some video footage (below) today.
Current titles included in the NGP lineup are Uncharted: Golden Abyss, WipEout 2048, Little Deviants, Reality Fighters, Super Stardust Delta, Sound Shapes, Hustle Kings, Everybody's Golf and Resistance Retribution.
To quote: Since NGP, or next generation portable gaming system, was announced back in January, I know you have been itching to find out more about the hardware and the games we're going to be able to play and how they make use of the innovative new controls.
Now, we are finally able to lift the lid on some of the NGP titles currently in development. I also managed to grab interviews with some of the developers at an event held in London recently, where journalists got their hands around all of the games listed below.
Without further ado, here are the games:
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Nathan Drake's first portable adventure is developed by Bend Studio, the team behind the acclaimed Resistance Retribution on PSP.
It promises to retain the crucial elements of the Uncharted titles - adventure, thrilling action and top-notch storytelling - and the familiar control scheme, while also introducing innovative options such as touch and tilt controls. Check out my interview with John Garvin, Creative Director at Bend Studio.
Taking one of the most celebrated PlayStation series in a new prologue, WipEout 2048 is set during the birth of anti-grav racing and features a greater near-future environments than we have become used to since the original soared onto PlayStation in 1995. Perhaps the most exciting feature is the ability to play against PS3 racers on WipEout HD Fury via cross-play with PlayStation 3. Check out my interview with Graeme Ankers, Game Director at Studio Liverpool.
Little Deviants is a series of madcap adventures that will showcase the multitude of features and functions your NGP possesses, including rear touch pad, touch screen, the motion sensor, front and rear cameras, augmented reality and microphone. Check out my interview with Richard Ogden, Game Design Director at Bigbig Studios.
Previously unannounced, Reality fighters is an augmented reality fighting game in which you can capture yourself using the NGP camera and duke it out against other fighters around the world, in the world as you see it through the NGP camera.
Super Stardust Delta
The mesmerising PlayStation Network shooter comes to NGP using the dual analog sticks to control the action the familiar way, plus touch screen and motion sensing controls to add something new.
Sound Shapes (working title)
Play, compose and share on NGP in a unique take on the side-scrolling platformer, where you create music with your actions using the touch screen and share them with the PlayStation Network community.
The king of pool games rolls onto NGP, bringing stunning graphics and a stylish art style and adding precision controls via the touch screen and rear touch pad.
Tee off with the latest iteration of everybody's favourite golf series from ClapHanz. You can shoot for a birdie using traditional, touch and tilt controls and take on the world in effortless online multiplayer.
You will be able to play your PSP games from the PlayStation Store on NGP. Resistance Retribution is just one example, and you'll be able to revisit James Grayson's voyage across Europe using NGP's dual analog sticks.
Suffice to say, this is just the very tip of the cherry and we'll have a lot more to talk about at E3, which is just a few days away. We're interested to know what you think of this line-up so please leave your comments and I'll respond in kind.
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