AvP Engine Asura Now Runs on PSP2

Don’t get up, as from here on in you’re going to be hearing a lot of the following reports. In fact, we only highlight this particular news-nugget to hammer home a point.


Aliens Vs. Predator developer, Rebellion, have announced that the in-house proprietary engine that powers their most recent bug-hunt title, a wonderfully named piece of tech named Asura, is now fully supported by Sony’s new portable darling, the PSP2/NGP/whatever-we’re-calling-it-this-week.

The adaptation apparently took a few months, with the studio able to now show off a playable demo of a third person shooter. Interestingly, Aliens Vs. Predator was an FPS, which is likely more a sign of Asura’s versatility than anything else.

The studio claim Asura has been made compatible with the NGP in such record time due to the fact that, in terms of what you get out of the box, the technology is the entire package: engine, lighting, physics; it’s all part of the Asura bundle.

Jason Kingsley, Rebellion’s CEO said:

The technology, design and art teams have worked incredibly well with Sony’s newest device. We have managed to make our engine fully functional, and looking great on the hardware in double quick time. We’ll be attending DICE and GDC to show what we have created and look for business partners.

Source: CVG



  1. It just gets better and better. If the NGP turns out to be pretty much a portable PS3 then my money is already set aside.

    • Indeed, it’s looking quite impressive so far.

  2. this is just getting better, i loved AVP even how bug ridden it was, so its good to hear the same engine can be used on the NGP

    • “Bug ridden”. I see what you did there!

  3. Reminds me of when the Gamecube came out and everyone was saying they’d got their game running on it based on PS2 code.

    Except, you know, different.

    • If I can have a near HD, portable Gamecube in my pocket, then I’m getting it, no questions asked.
      Never mind trophies, online, 3G, touch, motion sensors, cameras, GPS and whatever else was lying around Sony’s warehouse during the design meeting.

  4. The question is: why create a third-person shooter demo and go looking for business partners if you don’t have a TPS concept in mind for the handheld?

    After all, you’d think they’d get a FPS demo up and running to show to potential investors if that’s what type of game they’re working on …

    • I read it a little differently. I thought they were showing how versatile their engine was and how it runs on NGP, PS3, 360 and PC(?). Then trying to attract other developers and encourage them to use it.

    • But they’re not demoing the engine or its versatility. Asura is actually pretty old.

  5. Well it’s becoming increasingly clear how powerful this little thingy is. I think what’s really going to make the difference and make every PS3 owner want one is how well they integrate it with your PS3. They say you’ll be able to play a game out and about, then continue it at home on your PS3, if that’s true, it’ll sell millions. To me, this is where Playstation Plus has been leading up to, in order to do that, you’re going to have to have PS+, the recent cloud storage rumour backing this up. You’ve got the PS3, you’ve got an NGP, you’ve got PS+ and therefore cloud storage, off you go, play out and about and continue your save on your PS3 when you get home. Lovely.

  6. The more I hear of the NGP, the more I want one, considering I’m up for buying a new PS3, move, games I’ve missed out on since August and now NGP, Sony will be seeing a lot of my cash in 2011 it seems.

    One thing that makes me wonder though, if the NGP is basically a portable PS3 that is a dream to work with, will we be seeing games made for NGP then ported to PS3? I know it sounds a little weird but considering the PS3 has been said difficult to work with at times and this being easy… it just makes the brain tick!

  7. All of this info is sounding all brilliant but what what about the price? That is going to make or break it for me.

    • Sony have said it will be affordable. Of course, this is the same company that released a console that, at launch, cost more than my first car.

      • If they want it they’ll find a way to afford it. Like taking a second job, or selling a kidney.

    • What will be even more interesting than the price for me is how long it will run on a single charge. If it’s close to 3DS values I see no need for it as you will be spending most of the time at home recharging it where you might as well play the games on your PS3… :)

  8. I cut my bollock accidentally today, crapping myself cos i’m going abroad tomorrow. But it’s nice to see all this talk of The Great Gamecube. /ExcitedforNGP

  9. Wow, it seems like there has been a lot going on in the background for sometime with this!

    PSP2/NGP Day One

  10. +1

    AvP running on the NGP’s smallish screen at it’s native resolution would be very very nice indeed. The Engine might be quite old but it performed well enough.

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