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Major Third Parties Sign on With NGP

Hideo Kojima, Jun Takeuchi, Toshihiro Nagoshi and other major developers show off demos and hint at games to come.

 
Metal Gear series mastermind Hideo Kojima at today's PlayStation Meeting event. Kojima has an actual NGP game in development.

Major third parties have pledged their support for Sony's new unnamed next generation portable system, which goes by the code name "NGP." Coinciding with the system's announcement today, Sony shared a list of third party publishers and developers who will be working on product.

You can see the full list below. The system has all the major publishers, including Sega, Square Enix, Capcom, Namco Bandai, Konami and Tecmo Koei. It also has some developers like Crafts & Meister and CyberConnect2.

Sony invited representatives from a few of these firms to show demos at today's PlayStation Meeting 2011 press event, where NGP saw its unveiling.

Capcom's Jun Takeuchi took the stage first and demonstrated Monster Hunter Portable 3rd. This was just the PlayStation Portable version, demonstrated through a download version that's currently being prepared for PSN release. This demonstration showed that there could be some control improvements for PSP titles played on NGP, as the game supported the right analogue stick for camera movement.

Takeuchi also revealed that work is currently progressing on making the company's internal MT Framework development environment NGP compatible. At the event, he demonstrated an NGP version of Lost Planet 2's opening, which was ported over to the system in just two weeks.

Capcom will be able to announce NGP titles soon, said Takeuchi.

Sega's Toshihiro Nagoshi appeared next and showed an NGP recreation of an event scene from PS3's upcoming Yakuza Of the End. This was created in 10 days and made use of the lighting, shaders and other areas of the PS3 version unchanged.

Akihiro Suzuki from Tecmo Koei showed up with a live technical demonstration of a new Dynasty Warriors game.

Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima showed a demonstration clip of a Metal Gear Solid 4 event scene running on NGP. This used the same model and environment data as the PS3 version, although it ran at 20 frames per second. Kojima said that he believes that if they were to optimize it, it would run about the same as the PS3 version.

While the MGS4 clip was just a demo, Kojima also revealed that he's working on an actual NGP title that could be unveiled at E3. This title will realize his dream of having a game that crosses the wall between home and on-the-go, allowing players to experience the same game in both environments. You may recall that he mentioned something similar in the buildup to PSP's Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker.

Sony had a couple of overseas developers speak as well. Epic Games' Tim Sweeny showed a video of the Unreal 3 Engine and an NGP port of PS3's Unreal 3-based Dungeon Defenders. The latter was ported to NGP in less than a week and had no reduction in quality for textures, character modeling and level design.

The event's third party segment closed off with what may be the most significant title of all: Call of Duty. Activision's Phillip Earl announced that Call of Duty is coming to the system. Different from the video-heavy presentations that preceded him, he had just a static logo screen.

The complete list of third party supporters announced by Sony today follows:

JAPAN

  • Acquire
  • Alvion
  • AQ Interactive
  • Arc System Works
  • Arika
  • Artdink Corporation
  • ASCII Media Works
  • Capcom
  • Chun Soft
  • Codemasters Software Company
  • Crafts & Meister
  • CyberConnect2
  • D3 Publisher
  • Dimps Corporation
  • Edia
  • Enterbrain
  • FromSoftware
  • Gameloft
  • Genki
  • Grasshopper Manufacture
  • GungHo Online Entertainment
  • Gust
  • Hamster Corporation
  • Hudson Soft
  • Idea FActory
  • Index Corporation (Atlus)
  • Irem Software Engineering
  • Kadokawa Games
  • Kadokawa Shoten Publishing
  • Konami Digital Entertainment
  • Level-5
  • Marvelous Entertainment
  • media5 Corporation
  • Namco Bandai Games
  • Nihon Falcom Corporation
  • Nippon Ichi Software
  • Now Production
  • Q Entertainment
  • Sega
  • SNK Playmore
  • Spike
  • Square Enix
  • SystemSoft Alpha
  • Tecmo Koei Game
  • Tomy Company
  • Tose
  • Ubisoft
  • Yuke's

NORTH AMERICA

  • Activision
  • Capybara Games
  • Demiurge Studios
  • Epic Games
  • Far Sight Studios
  • Frima
  • High Voltage Software
  • Kung Fu Factory
  • Paramount Digital Entertainment
  • PopCap Games
  • Powerhead Games
  • Trendy Entertainment
  • Ubisoft
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • 2K Games
  • 2K Sports

EUROPE

  • Avalanche Studios
  • Climax Studios
  • Codemasters Software Company
  • Eurocom Developments
  • Eutechnyx
  • Exient
  • Firemint
  • Gameloft
  • Gusto Games
  • Home Entertainment Suppliers
  • Impromptu Software
  • Rebellion
  • Rockstar Games
  • Sidhe Interactive
  • Sumo Digital
  • Team 17 Software
  • Ubisoft Entertainment
  • Zen Studios

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