It would've been arguably the most unique piece of next-gen software for 2009 but now, it will have to settle for being one of the most unique pieces of software for 2010. Well, in North America, anyway.

Up until this point, EyePet was still scheduled to launch on November 17 but over the past week or so, we started seeing some disappointing retail evidence that it might not see the light of day until next year. The date in GameStop's database suddenly changed; it went from 10/17/09 to 04/04/10, which is a significant 6-month delay if it proved accurate. And unfortunately, it is indeed accurate as according to GameSpot , Sony has indeed decided to keep this cute virtual companion under wraps until April of next year. However, this delay only affects the US as European gamers will be happy to know that EyePet will still be available on October 23. Sony's issued statement reads:

"The North American territory has decided to take additional time to focus on the EyePet product and can confirm it will not be available this holiday. EyePet is an innovative and exciting new IP to the PS3 platform and SCEA marketing will spend additional time to continue educating consumers and retail channels, setting the table for a successful product launch. We will provide more details on an updated launch timeframe very soon."

So that April 4 date might not even be true, but at the very least, we know it's not coming this year. This would've been one of the more anticipated titles of 2009; using the PlayStation Eye, EyePet is capable of responding to a variety of different player commands and actions, and this includes learning songs, eating and playing, and even drawing (and then watching as the drawing on TV comes to life). We were definitely looking forward to it, but oh well…guess we gotta wait for another fun title.

Related Game(s): EyePet

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PS3addict
PS3addict
11 years ago

I will have wait then, ummm, I mean my kids will have to wait.. Yeah that's what I meant. LOL

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

Why! i must play with fake pet now!

nickert0n
nickert0n
11 years ago

This seriously pisses me off, My kids were so excited for this for Christmas. They will not sell as many copies next year as they would have for Christmas.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Indeed.

Cavan
Cavan
11 years ago

nickerton,

agree about the christmas comment, if you really want it, its no probz just importing it off ebay from the uk as ps3 games arnt region locked, i live in england and i imported socom as that came out 6 months later here than in the us.

nickert0n
nickert0n
11 years ago

Thanks, but inst the DLC region locked to disc versions?

TheRaPtuRe
TheRaPtuRe
11 years ago

Ha its about time something like this happened, europe finally getting something before usa weeeee

ed_winchester
ed_winchester
11 years ago

If EU does get it this year, does this mean we're getting an unfinished product that'll have update after update?
Socom anyone?

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

No it just means that SCEA is more concerned about Microsoft and Natal than it is about it's on brand.

ed_winchester
ed_winchester
11 years ago

Highlander I kinda hope you're wrong but you so very rarely are.
Own brand AND customers I might add. There's gonna be a lot of upset kiddies this christmas methinks (and p!ssed-off parents too)

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

I know my son will be upset. You really have to question the thought process that removes a game that is more or less purpose made for kids from the Xmas line up.

Ah well, no doubt some highly educated MBA holder at SCEA HQ thought it would market better as part of the push for Motion controls/capture etc…

Lemon_Saint
Lemon_Saint
11 years ago

That is the second time in a few weeks this has happened. EU received the PSN game "TRINE" first, (which the US will get soon), and now this. Bollocks!

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

Think this have anything to do with the motion controller? Well the game comes with a camera already, with a controller, it'll just be that much cooler.

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

I was wondering the same thing. I would like to know why it gets delayed here, and Europe still gets it. I smell something fishy and it isn't my upper lip.

gumbi
gumbi
11 years ago

Well that's a shame. I was actually really looking forward to this. It looked like something that would be a lot of fun to play with my wife and daughter. There aren't many titles out there that fit that bill.

And what the hell kind of cop out is this? "SCEA marketing will spend additional time to continue educating consumers and retail channels, setting the table for a successful product launch".
Now that just sounds like PR jargon for "we dropped the ball and it's not ready yet".

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

We dropped the ball, the game is actually ready, but someone on our staff noticed a blogger up in Washington state said something nasty about it and we're afraid we'll get sued. So, we're delaying until Microsoft launches Natal and then we won't look so avant guard anyway and it'll be OK.

godsman
godsman
11 years ago

This was one of the game that i'm looking forward to. It is one step ahead of Project Natal. It does everything that the Project Natal can do, except the emotion detection, but Sony started working on the laugh recognition already.

One thing I want to know about this game, if anyone can answer, is that the camera is not an HD camera. Does it mean that the game is not 720p? or does it mean the pet will be in HD, just that your image on TV stays standard definition?

ed_winchester
ed_winchester
11 years ago

I read somewhere that as there isnt much goin on on screen at once I.e just one aimal, they have been able to concentrate all the graphical goodness into just that and therefore its gonna be near Pixar quality so i reckon it'll be HD/720p

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Ah, yet again SCEA makes what appears to be a most illogical decision.

What, pray tell, are SCEA going to do to Eyepet in 4 months that will differentiate it from the European/Japan version? Perhaps it will get bigger teeth and muscles and an all-around more aggressive mood?

Pending an actual explanation from SCEA, I will continue believing that the people running SCEA have in fact all had common sense by-pass operations.

Gogaku
Gogaku
11 years ago

I agree, time and time again they show that they really suck when it comes to this marketing thing… I don't get it, at all…

Macavity
Macavity
11 years ago

This kind of business decisions should earn the guy a pink slip. Go hire some dudes with common senses already, Sony!

Robochic
Robochic
11 years ago

Ya i was pretty upset when I was told it would be delayed till 2010 just had to explain that to my son who was not very happy btw. But we'll get him a game for the Wii instead for christmas something not as cool but something he surely will enjoy

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

You'll buy something for the Wii instead because this isn't available. That's exactly why this decision by SCEA blows.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I don't know what you do with this game, play with the pet onscreen using your camera?

LividFiction
LividFiction
11 years ago

Next gen, huh? Haven't we been in this generation for three or four years now? Sorry, I just get irritated when what's current is considered the future. (Not that I'm knocking the PS3's capabilities by any stretch.)

___________
___________
11 years ago

sorry guys but you will have to wait a little longer to stroke your monkey back to sleep.

___________
___________
11 years ago

Australias getting it in 2009.
figures the ONE game that got delayed in the US just coincidentally happens to be the game that does not get delayed here.
why o why couldent it be something i really wanted like mafia 2 or bioshock 2 or splinter cell conviction.
i swear to god im cursed.
i have to find that fu**ing black black cat before it kills me.