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PS3 Evangelion Game Isn't Really a Game

Cellius and Namco Bandai deliver a fancy news reader featuring Evangelion's Misato Katsuragi.


That mysterious new Evangelion PS3 project has turned out to be something other than a game. Namco Bandai shared official details today on Misato Katsuragi Houdou Keikaku (Misato Katsuragi's Reporting Plan).

This latest adaptation of the Evangelion franchise is a fancy news reader for your PS3. For a monthly fee, you'll be able to get the latest news read to you by Misato, one of the primary characters in the Evangelion franchise. Topics of coverage include politics, the economy, sports, anime, movies, and other areas.

One of the reasons the original reports on the PS3 Evangelion game got so much attention is that the title's copyright statement listed the name Cellius. This is the name for a Namco Bandai and Sony Computer Entertainment joint venture that was started in 2007 to fully exploit the power of the Cell processor. Little was heard from the studio until March, when a a Gundam video-on-demand service debuted at the Tokyo International Anime Fair.

There does seem to be some technical wizardry going on with Misato Katsuragi's Reporting Plan. Misato is recreated in 3D, allowing players to change her hair style and physical appearance, background, and the broadcast camera angle. Her speech is computer synthesized using what Namco Bandai says is the latest voice synthesis system.

This experimental service will be available starting June 6 via PlayStation Store. To use it, you'll have to purchase a News License, which costs 800 yen for 30 days service.

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