Sony has announced a range of nine games which will be available at or around the European launch of Sony's PlayStation Portable, taking the opportunity to re-iterate some already-known PSP titles, as well as reveal some previously unannounced, European-developed PSP games, showing the range of worldwide Sony internal development going into the important launch period.
The games described include Ape Academy
, a minigame-centric spinoff of the Ape Escape
franchise; Everybody's Golf
, here known as Hot Shots Golf
, a return to the action platformer franchise by SCEE Studio Cambridge; Ridge Racers
, not yet precisely dated, but definitely coming to Europe; Wip3out Pure
, a futuristic 8-player racer which continues Sony's franchise; World Rally Championship
, an FIA World Rally Championship game from Travellers Tales; as well as the Sony London-developed vehicle combat game Fired Up
, the soccer title Football
, and an officially licensed Formula One
All nine games will be released either simultaneously with the system or within the "launch window," which likely means sometime during March 2005 or a little later.
While the slate of nine games is smaller than the 21 due for the PSP's launch window in Japan this month, this list, other than Ridge Racers
, is limited simply to SCEE's first-party games. Thus, with the addition of third-party games, the list can be expected to grow to reach a respectable total for European launch. The U.S. lineup hasn't been revealed yet, but American players can likely expect to see a selection from both the Japanese and European launch games when the system does hit American retailers early next year.