A rumour is making the rounds, by way of the latest issue of the Official PlayStation Magazine, that a PlayStation 2 shooter is to have a “triumphant comeback” on the PlayStation 3 in 2011. We’re in the enviable position of having some quite intimate knowledge of said shooter.*
Connected Consoles brings us the OPM rumour from the magazine’s April 2010 issue, where it is written:
“One of PS2’s most revered squad shooters will be making a triumphant comeback on PS3 sometime next year.”
A revered PS2 squad shooter. Now, when you say that to yourself, the first game that comes to mind is most likely…SOCOM. Yes, due to the dates of publication, we believe that this shooter is almost certainly the already announced SOCOM 4. Sorry folks.
You may protest that SOCOM 4 was announced in early-March and this is the April OPM issue. However, magazines go to print over a month before they meet shops (it’s still mid-March and the April issue is already in subscribers’ hands). At the time that this issue was being finalised, it’s likely that SOCOM 4 had yet to be announced for the PlayStation 3 and so after hearing that the title was to be released on the grape vine, the magazine’s editors decided to publish this little teaser. Annoyingly for them, SOCOM 4 was announced on March 4th.
*O.K., O.K., we’re only speculating but we’ve learnt that it’s best not to get your hopes up. There’s only one piece of information that doesn’t line up – SOCOM 4 is scheduled for this fall, and OPM state their rumoured game is for 2011. It is still very possible that the magazine was not aware of the game’s release period at the time of publication. It also does not matter that SOCOM Confrontation is a PS3 game, since it was hardly seen as a “triumphant” outing on the console.
Of course, the rumour could be in reference to a new and unannounced PS3 game, but chances are it’s not. There’s also no mention that the game will be exclusive to the PS3, so a list of possible candidates beyond SOCOM could build up. How many PS2 squad shooters can you think of?