It seems that the NGP event held recently might have had some sort of embargo. There’s been a massive eruption of information from several major sites this evening. Obviously, having been excluded from this event, we can’t make too much comment ourselves but here’s a rough summary of what’s come out.
The Uncharted game got a subtitle: Golden Abyss. It will be a prequel with imaginative use of the touchscreen and plenty of graphical fairy dust.
The Super Stardust game also got a fancy subtitle, Delta, and will make use of as many of the NGP’s control options as possible. It’s a twin stick shooter but you can drop bombs by shaking, power up by swiping the rear touch surface and target with screen taps.
The gorgeous-looking WipEout 2048 was confirmed for NGP and given interoperability with certain tracks on the PlayStation 3 version of WipEout HD Fury. It’s set on streets, making good use of the tried and tested wow factor of real-world landmarks and it uses all the touch and tilt goodness the NGP can provide.
There were also screens for Hustle Kings, Little Deviants, Reality Fighters and something called Sound Shapes that looks decidedly like something PixelJunk would make.
It all looks amazing but it sounds like they might be overdoing it with the novelty controls in much the same way that turned many traditional gamers off the Wii. I will admit that I’m also concerned that Sony have missed the shifting tides of mobile gaming towards casual and are once again trying to put a super-powered home console in our hands. But then I look at how gorgeous WipEout 2048 looks and I don’t care anymore.
Hopefully Sony will let us see it next week at E3 and we can give you our full, unfettered opinions.