The PlayStation meeting may have been Sony’s party, but the publisher certainly didn’t hog the spotlight. Third-parties got in on the action too. How many third-parties? All of them, basically.
Monster Hunter/Lost Planet
Third-party devs came out in droves to support NGP. First up, Capcom’s Jun Takeuchi grabbed the mic and demonstrated a downloadable version of Monster Hunter Portable 3rd running on the NGP.
He also booted up Lost Planet, which looked absolutely stunning on the tiny portable.
Next up, Sega brought out a demo of Yakuza 4 to show off how easy it is to port pre-existing content to the NGP. Here’s a video, courtesy of Kotaku.
After that, Koei Tecmo trotted out its signature Musou (Dynasty Warriors) series, and murdered even more mindless soldiers than usual by tapping on the touch screen.
Metal Gear Solid 4
Next up, Hideo Kojima demonstrated Metal Gear Solid 4. Like Yakuza, MGS4 was a test – not an actual title planned for release. “This game used the model data and environments from PS3, and it was exported directly to NGP,” Kojima explained.
Kojima then discussed cloud gaming and gave a slightly insensitive “I have a dream speech” about how he hopes to let players begin games on consoles and continue them on portables. “This dream is going to come true in the near future. I am currently working on a new project for that dream,” he said. That fruits of his labor will be presented at E3.
After that, it was Tim Sweeney’s turn. He took the wraps off an NGP version of Dungeon Defenders, which runs on Unreal Engine 3. It was developed by Trendy Entertainment and was quickly ported from PS3.
Call of Duty
And then a bombshell: Activision announced Call of Duty for NGP. “We believe Call of Duty will set the bar for the next generation of portable gaming,” said Acti’s Philip Early.
After the debris cleared and families struggled to reclaim their old lives, Sony rattled off a list of other developers who plan on supporting NGP. Q Entertainment, Ubisoft, and Rockstar were all included.