Evolution Studios: NGP Is 'The Machine We All Wanted'

By Colin Tan on February 18, 2011, 7:42PM EST

Evolution Studios and little brother Bigbig Studios, the devs responsible for the Motorstorm series, agrees that the NGP is likely everything Sony devs could wish for. The NGP was only announced at the end of January with a whole slew of impressive features like a five inch OLED screen, dual analog sticks and a front touchscreen and rear fondle screen.

Speaking with NowGamer, Evolution Studios' director Matt Southern talked a bit about the process Sony went through with developing the NGP, a process quite different compared to the PSP and a process much easier for developers.

"We've all been looking at odd-looking devices with wires sticking out them since an early date, because with the commencement of research on NGP, Sony really changed its approach so that it was much more developer-driven," said Southern.

"Instead of Sony handing hardware to developers and saying, "˜here's our next device, make something cool', it set about asking developers what they thought should go into the device, and what they thought would be cool."

Southern also talked about some of the work Bigbig Studios, a studio Evolution had a hand in forming, and what they came up with: "Literally saying, "˜we're thinking of a rear touch pad, what could you do with that?' BigBig came up with Little Deviants, which I think is going to be one of the killer apps."

"So it's almost kind of weird to be asked what I think of it because I told Sony what I think of it and, as a result, that's reflected in the hardware. That's happened right across, Japan, Asia, Europe and America, so in terms of first-party development it's the machine we all wanted, and I think that's starting to show in the games. It's going to be a tremendous console for gamers, whether they're core or hardcore."

The NGP may see release by the end of the year in at least one region. In all likelihood, that'll be Japan. First party support include titles such as Killzone, Uncharted and Resistance while third party devs are lining up Yakuza, Metal Gear Solid and more.

Source: NowGamer

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