Wow. Yesterday was a day for announcements and release dates, wasn't it?!
We announced a rumour that MGS4 finally got a worldwide release date
, which has since been confirmed. Hideo Kojima's latest (and last in the series) is being launched on 12th June.
From the same retail conference, we also got word of a US release date for an MGS4 PS3 bundle, the DualShock 3 (April) and the sweet-looking God of War PSP Entertainment Pack (March 4th).
We got word from Ubisoft that Haze is being released in May.
We heard from Sega that the game formerly known as 'Valkyria of the Battlefield: Gallian Chronicles' in Japan will be coming to Europe - exclusively on the PS3 - and will be called 'Valkyria Chronicles'. It will arrive this Autumn.
So what's the bad news?
Looks like the MGS4 bundle and the beautiful GoW PSP are staying US-bound only. SCEE have said there are no plans to bring either to Europe. This - in my opinion - is a mistake on many levels.
By continually launching hardware and software in different forms and guises in different territories, Sony continue the public perception that SCEE, SCEA and SCEJ just don't talk to each other or work as a single unit.
The DualShock 3 has been available in Japan for some time - why wasn't it available everywhere all at once?
Not to mention it was months before us Brits and the rest of Europe got to see the PS3 in the flesh.
And don't get me started on the huge amount of region-free games that have been released elsewhere on the PlayStation Store, but not in Europe.
If Sony want to ride the wave of momentum they have gained from the actual success of the PS3 since launch (reaching 1m units in the UK faster than the PS2, reaching 10m units worldwide faster than the X360 did, the death of HD-DVD) then they need to get rid of the negative things that counteract that success.
So come on Sony - bring the MGS4 packs and the GoW PSP to Europe and show us all that you are a global coordinated organisation, not a group of silo operations.
Labels: Hardware, Haze, MGS4, news, opinion, Playstation 3, PS3