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Namco Bandai Pulls the Plug on Misato Katsuragi's News Cast

Service coming to an end as originally planned, company says.


Misato Katsuragi's stint as a news reporter will be coming to an end in a few months. Namco Bandai announced today that it will end service for Misato Katsuragi's Reporting Project on June 5.

First started on June 6, 2009, Misato Katsuragi's Reporting Project is a paid PlayStation 3 service in which an animated version of the Evangelion's Misato Katsuragi character reads news to viewers using a synthesized voice. Users are also able to dress Misato in costumes.

As detailed here, users must purchase an ¥800 "news license" to access the service for thirty days. Those licenses will stop being sold on May 6 at noon. The service will stop one month later on June 5, just before midnight. All news feeds will end, so news broadcasts will no longer be viewable.

In an announcement at the product's official site, Namco Bandai said that the service is coming to an end as originally planned.

As usual with downloadable titles, it's difficult to tell how successful Misato Katsuragi's Reporting Project was. The game placed third in Sony's top five download title list of 2009, as announced at the December PlayStation Awards presentation, but this does not provide an indication about how many players paid the monthly fees to receive the news feeds.

Outside of the Evangelion license, Misato Katsuragi's Reporting Project gained attention because it was developed by Cellius, a company formed jointly by Sony and Namco Bandai to exploit PS3's Cell processor. Cellius is also working on Namco Bandai's "Gundam Viewchives" PS3 video-on-demand service, which hit beta earlier this year.

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