Killzone 2 only the beginning for PS3 exclusives in ’09


With Spring Fever in full swing on the PSN, Sony is also revving up the hype machine for this years list of exclusive games on Blu-Ray disc.  Starting with Killzone 2 releasing a week from today, SCEA will be unleashing a new ad (on Canadian air next week, downloadable on the PSN now, streaming via link at the bottom of this post) produced entirely with the game’s engine which will also release in a “playable” version.

The fanfare and the positive media feedback of the game might just be the beginning of a strong 2009, Sony hopes.   With an already impressive list of confirmed titles slated for 2009 release there is surely a couple unannounced titles that will also impress as the announced titles already have. Sean C.

Building on Sony Computer Entertainment America’s (SCEA) record year of sales in 2008 and the industry’s strongest software line-up to date, which included the breakout hits Metal Gear Solid ®4: Guns of the Patriots, Resistance 2TM and the genre-defying LittleBigPlanetTM, PlayStation® is staged yet again to deliver another year of unmatched software content.

Kicking off the new line up, Killzone®2 is set to launch on February 27, 2009 and promises to be the industry’s first major gaming hit for 2009 as well as a key driver for PlayStation®3 (PS3TM)  hardware sales. Killzone 2 is the third installment of the popular PlayStation-exclusive franchise, and the first of the series to appear on PS3. Delivering a truly immersive experience only possible through PS3’s Blu-ray gaming potential, Killzone 2 is already generating wide-spread critical acclaim, earning an impressive Metacritic score of 92.

The game ushers in an unprecedented year of titles to hit the PlayStation platform throughout the year including the blockbuster exclusives Uncharted 2: Among ThievesTM, inFamous, MAGTM, Heavy Rain, God of War® III and MLB® 09 The ShowTM.

In anticipation of the Killzone 2 release, SCEA will also be launching a new television ad campaign this week (Canadian campaign begins early next week) in collaboration with Killzone 2 developer Guerrilla Games, Los Angeles based Zoic Studios and ad agency Deutsch LA. Coined the “Bullet” commercial, the new ad was rendered entirely in-engine via the incredible power of the Killzone 2 engine and PS3 technology to preserve the unique visual and epic gameplay experience.


Oooh, the anticipation is "KILLing" us...


“Every single frame of this commercial was directly rendered on a PS3 without the need for additional tweaking or touching up. We’re very proud that our game engine technology has reached the point where we don’t have to resort to software pre-rendering,” said Hermen Hulst, Managing Director. “In that regard it is a testament to our commitment to deliver on what we promise. What you see is what you get.”

 SCEA will also be releasing a playable version of the ad, where users can control the camera view to explore the behind-the-scenes techniques used to create the ad. This version will also include a director’s commentary explaining the team’s efforts to develop a campaign that was true to the actual gaming experience. For further details on the new Killzone 2 spot or the playable version, check out the PlayStation Blog post:

~ by consolecreatures on February 20, 2009.

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