This Week in PlayStation – June 4th

As announcements for new games and hardware come and go, it’s easy to lose sight of the momentous events that shaped the gaming world into what it is today. This Week in PlayStation highlights Sony’s rich videogame heritage, which dates back to the 1980’s. Step back in time with us as we put the spotlight on events big and small that have significantly altered the gaming culture.

This Week in PlayStation May 29th – June 4th

May 29th

  • 2007 – Ubisoft reports that sales for their games are up 24% , versus 5% market growth, over the 2006-2007 fiscal year.

May 30th

  • 2005 – Sony teams up with Polyphony Digital to bring gamers the ultimate giveaway to coincide with the release of Gran Turismo 4. Sony will giveaway copies of the game, Nike driving shoes and GT4 Nike clothing.
  • 2009 – Sometimes even the lion can’t keep its mouth shut: Sony unofficially announces the PSPgo, in the June issue of QORE. It would be ‘officially’ announced at the press conference, which would take place in three days.

May 31st

  • 2007 EA announces development on the latest iteration into the long standing Need for Speed series. ProStreet, right off the wire, is looking to differentiate itself in the crowded racing market.

June 1st

  • 2005 – IBM holds an open video game conference, inviting any publisher or developer to come, and talk about managing online content.
  • 2006 Assassin’s Creed wins multiple awards from the 2006 E3 convention, giving Ubisoft the confidence they needed to tide them over, as the game would be delayed a year and a half.
  • 2009 – In a move designed to bring more ways for gamers to access their favorite content, is revamped, giving curious gamers a much smoother interface.
  • 2009 – Stepping into the profitable MMA arena, EA Sports, at the 2009 E3 convention, announces development of EA Sports MMA, a new MMA game developed by EA Tiburon in Orlando.
  • 2009 – Coming to an agreement with Paramount Digital, Ubisoft announces development on “Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn”. The game will release simultaneously with the movie, which is dated for a late 2011 release.

June 2nd

  • 2009 – The latest entry into the long-standing series, Red Faction: Guerilla, releases for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
  • 2009 – Codemasters latest racer, Fuel, drives to North American retailers, destined for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
  • 2009 – In what would turn out to be one of the worst kept secrets in video game history, Sony, during their E3 2009 Press Conference, officially unveiled “Project Trico”–what would turn out to be The Last Guardian–and their newest handheld, the PSPgo.

June 3rd

  • 2008 – In a rather mysterious deal, Electronic Arts announces the details of their buyout of ThreeSF, a social network for gamers.
  • 2009 – EA Sports reveals that their highly acclaimed soccer/football title, FIFA Soccer 2009, has played host to a whopping 275 million online games, for all consoles, worldwide.

June 4th

  • 2008 – In a move signaling the changing tides of the industry, IGA Worldwide announces a multi-year deal with EA, to bring dynamic advertisements within the game environment.