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SCEA Announces PSP Store, SOCOM PS3, Warhawk Beta Plans

BOOM widget 113791 During its Gamers Day held this week in San Diego, Sony Computer Entertainment America made a number of announcements covering the debut of SOCOM on the PlayStation 3, the sales model and beta test plans for Incognito's multiplayer-only PlayStaton 3 flight combat game Warhawk, and an eventual online store for the PSP.

Sony confirmed that the multiplayer-only Warhawk will see a simultaneous release both at retail and and via the PlayStation Store. In addition to the game itself, the Blu-ray Disc sold at stores will include a Bluetooth headset for in-game chat as well as a number of game demos and video content to compel retail buyers to check out the online store. Though the game is not expected for full release until the fall, a public beta for Warhawk will begin on May 24, with users able to register for their chance at one of the limited slots though the official site. SCEA released several new Warhawk screens, showing off the game's enemy faction for the first time.

Speaking of the PlayStation Store, also announced was SOCOM Confrontation, a multiplayer-only title that will be sold through the online service. It marks the SOCOM series' debut on PlayStation 3. SOCOM Confrontation is developed by Vancouver-based Slant Six Games, the company responsible for providing technical consultation to Sony Bend's Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror (PSP) and developing the upcoming PSP real-time strategy game SOCOM Tactical Strike. Allowing up to 32 players simultaneously, the game will be supported with regular online content packs, which will add new themes, modes, equipment, and options. SOCOM Confrontation is set to ship this fall, with more of the game to be shown at E3 in July. In addition to the announcement, Sony released a handful of screenshots.

On the subject of online stores, the long-awaited PSP online store was briefly mentioned by SCEA president Jack Tretton, who admitted such a service should have premiered long ago. "I think the advent of a long awaited and quite frankly long overdue ability to deliver a downloadable service for the PSP will help us out a great deal," he said. "Hopefully we'll have it out there by the fall." No other details were discussed.

Game Republic's unique collection-oriented PlayStation 3 action RPG announced as Monster Kingdom: Unknown Realm has received a quiet renaming to the much more succinct Folklore. A few new Folklore screenshots showcasing the title's stylish look were released.