Without a great deal of arm-twisting, Sony has engendered support from some of the industry’s leading companies and has thrown up some surprises along the way.
The full list of third party titles is as follows:
Akira - The Dungeon of Doruaga
Atlus - unnamed MMORPG
Capcom - Auto Modellista, Biohazard Online
From Software - Armored Core Sigma
Genki - Shutokou Battle Online (Tokyo Xtreme Racing Online in US)
Hudson - Bomberman Online
Koei - Nobunaga's Ambition Online
Konami - unnamed music and sports game
Namco - Clockwork Online, unnamed Action Adventure, 3D Flight Shooting and sports game
Sega - Guru Guru Onsen, Hundred Swords, unnamed simulation and racing game
SquareSoft - Final Fantasy XI
Takara - unnamed online board game
Tecmo - unnamed massive multiplayer online action adventure game
One of the biggest surprises in this list is the inclusion of Biohazard, or Resident Evil to you and me. It wasn’t long ago that Capcom bigwigs took the stage with Nintendo’s Miyamoto to exclaim that the all home versions of the series would be exclusive to GameCube, moving forward. Was there small print in the press release that we all missed or has Capcom reneged on this?
Tecmo’s announcement has fuelled speculation that Ninja Gaiden will again see the light of day. The producer of Dead or Alive, Tomonobu Itagaki, has made reference to the fact that the game would indeed be reincarnated at some point in the not too distant future, saying “Let me tell all fans of Ninja Gaiden that I will never disappoint them.” Perhaps online flip-kicking is what he meant?
Other exciting snippets in the list includes Sega’s promise of an all new online racer. Could this be Sega Rally, Daytona or something new?
As you can see, there is a great deal of secrecy surrounding PlayStation BB third party content at this point, with companies demonstrating a certain level of caginess about their development projects. As soon as more information comes available, you can read it here first.