A few days ago, SCEA president Jack Tretton said the recent tragedy in Japan might delay the launch of the NGP in that struggling region.

But a Sony corporate spokesperson told the Dow Jones news service – via the Wall Street Journal – that the problems in Japan will not affect the planned launch of the NGP (Next Generation Portable). The spokesperson flat-out said the Bloomberg report in which Tretton suggests the crisis could affect the NGP was "wrong." However, it was also re-confirmed that Sony's next portable might not arrive in all territories this year; the plan is to release the unit in stages starting at the end of 2011. In addition, other fears relating to this year's Tokyo Game Show have also been quelled: according to Andriasang , TGS 11 is still on track to run from Thursday, September 15 to Sunday, September 18. So the industry continues on and we have no doubt the Japanese people will prevail.

By the way, this year's TGS might be pretty darn interesting. The games that might be on tap could draw droves…

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main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

TGS 2011, I'm gonna try to go this year for sure, been saving my pennies all year.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

You live in the Japan MainE?

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

nah, I live in the Chicago area.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

then that's a lot of pennies ūüôā

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

100,000 for a ticket alone. about another 5,000 for the booze to help me relax on the flight. of course those are just rough estimates.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Don't drink the Sake, ooooh the headaches.

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

haha, trying sake is pretty high up on my to do list.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Most liquor stores should have some, just ask at the counter. Unless you're under 21 in which case you shouldn't drink

</sarcasm>

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
9 years ago

YES!!! I love you SONY!!!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

NGP can take its time, Square: Just bring something jaw dropping from Versus and some news about FFXIII-2 being having an explorable world with towns and turn based battles and stuff. That's all I want. Or do it at E3, just DO it!

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

How about another one of those FF7 "Technical Demos".

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I think we're due an FFVIII technical demo by now.

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
9 years ago

there was one for the PS2 they made, you can search for it on Youtube. Its FF9s turn now.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

oh yeah that's right, totally forgot about that.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

Wow, that's pretty impressive that with all that's going on they are still able to get so much done. I can understand Tretton saying that it might delay it. With what happened I don't think any of would have been surprised by delays.

Jed
Jed
9 years ago

This is great news, not just for gamers, but also for the Japanese economy. I'm glad to hear that not everything will come to a stop because of the disaster. It goes a long way to show the resolve of the Japanese people.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Well, it said delayed in some regions, and I thought that they were also aiming for a 2011 release for NA. So that's obviously been delayed, but it's good to know that some people will have it by year's end. And of course, TGS should be really good. We'll have a much better indication of what we should be looking forward to next year by then, even with November still yet to come.
Peace.

___________
___________
9 years ago

typical sony, constantly contradicting themselves!
one says 1+1 = 2, the other says 17 and another says 87.
whos right?
thanks for proving, you just cant trust whatever they say!