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Sega points to March launch for PS3 motion control

Tue 22 Sep 2009 11:38am GMT / 7:38am EDT / 4:38am PDT
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Leaked document suggests Dreamcast and PS2 titles for PSN, and motion control for 2012 London Olympics game

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A leaked document from Sega US has revealed details of a number of possible forthcoming Sony projects, including a date for the launch of motion control technology and plans for PlayStation 2 backwards compatibility.

The document, a summary of a meeting held between Sony and Sega on August 5 and reprinted on Neogaf, pinpoints a March 2010 launch for PlayStation 3 motion control in Japan, with hopes of selling between four and five million units.

The document suggests a price and bundle details might have been clarified on September 1, but no details have yet been forthcoming. It's likely Sony will address the motion controllers in detail this week during Kaz Hirai's keynote speech at the Tokyo Game Show on Thursday.

On the subject of PlayStation 2 emulation - a solution Sony has been looking into since removing backwards compatibility from the original 60GB PS3 - the document noted "SCEA wants to sell all PS2 titles on PSN (GTA Vice City/Sonic etc)" and indicated joint marketing deals could be put in place.

There was also mention of Dreamcast titles for the PlayStation Network, with Sony offering marketing support in exchange for "a long period of exclusivity". The document also mentioned a Japanese channel for PSN for titles such as Yakuza 3.

Sony Europe has told GamesIndustry.biz that it will not comment on the validity of the document.

Home integration was also mentioned for the official game of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and the London Olympics in 2012 would be a "perfect opportunity for motion controller integration" according to the document.

Sega has not officially netted the licence to the 2012 London Olympics, but when asked recently by GamesIndustry.biz whether it was a project the UK team would like to work on, MD of European developed Gary Dunn said that "it would be a wonderful opportunity for a game developer in the the UK to make an Olympics game."

GamesIndustry.biz has asked Sega for comment.

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