The 3rd Birthday creator laments not going for PS3

It has been years since fans of the Square Enix series Parasite Eve have seen a new entry, so the March 29 launch of The 3rd Birthday, which features the Parasite Eve cast and environment, is highly anticipated by the niche crowd. Now, the game's director says it may have missed the opportunity to properly quench the thirst for a new Parasite Eve game.

In an interview with VG247, director Hajime Tabata admitted its audience will be limited. "We are very much aware of the fact that the PSP is not currently the most attractive or popular console in Europe, but we’ll have to deal with that depressing fact," he said.

Then, he revealed, "We should have made the game for PS3, really. At one point, I was seriously considering that we had opted for the wrong platform."

It's extremely rare, albeit quite refreshing, to hear a high-profile director say something so candid about a game before it comes out.

He did continue to say that the game was built to be a very epic experience, the kind of thing that would be awesome on the PS3 or Xbox 360. However, he added, "We had to squash it down to a smaller screen, and that was extremely difficult."

Nevertheless, those hardcore fans are probably still excited about the launch, and PSP owners should appreciate that there's actually a strong game coming their way. But if there was any doubt the PSP was on its way out, this pretty much seals it. PSP2, anyone?

[Source: VG247]

Feb 2, 2011




  • GorditaSlim - February 4, 2011 8:22 p.m.

    I hate to agree with him, but I agree with him. My PSP is a paperweight, and even though this game looks great, it's not enough to get me to brush the dust off of this neglected console. Even a PSN download would be dandy.
  • quincytheodore - February 4, 2011 2:20 a.m.

    I would buy it if it came to next-gen, what a shame.. Why didn't anyone push him farther? I bet if the interviewer was nasty enough, they could have made him cried, "I'm sorry.. I'm so sorry... :("
  • Stridefizzel - February 3, 2011 5:21 p.m.

    I don't know anything about this franchise, but this is a game I would have TOTALLY been interested in from what I've seen, if it were on the PS3. Such a waste
  • Sy87 - February 3, 2011 4:29 a.m.

    I will forgive them only if they remake the first two games or they truly make a new version. But I guess you can't blame them the game was one of those kinda under the market I got PE 1 from a combo set at Sam's but I loved it so. Here's to hoping for a new one.
  • FathomlessBlue - February 3, 2011 3:21 a.m.

    Personally I think the main reason PE3 won't sell well in Europe is that nobody will know what it is. We never got the original over here (we did get the second game in a v. limited release, but unsurprisingly, nobody bought it). @Letter11 Psp games are cheaper and easier to make, plus for whatever reason (probably the price) portable consoles are insanely popular in Japan, especially among rpg fans.
  • Joshnix - February 3, 2011 2:35 a.m.

    Parasite Eve was one of my favorite series when I was a kid obsessed with horror movies and books, and I'm sad to say I could not care less about this new entry.
  • EnigmaSpirit - February 3, 2011 2:21 a.m.

    I am considering getting this, but I really don't know that much about it.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - February 3, 2011 1:13 a.m.

    You better be sorry. :P
  • Letter11 - February 3, 2011 12:57 a.m.

    It seems like a lot of high profile Japanese franchises are going the way of the Portable. Is this because the financing for full-scale HD games is just harder to get? I remember the director of Final Fantasy XIII was talking about it like it was an unspeakably difficult development and yet the West seems to churn out high profile games regularly. I would have got the 3rd Birthday on PS3 no question. But sadly I don't have a PSP and I'm not planning on getting one.
  • Cyberninja - February 3, 2011 12:09 a.m.

    i say what is going to kill this games sales is coming out between dissida 12 and FF4 and 2 days after the 3DS with so much stuff in that time sadly i cant get it
  • Tygerclaws - February 3, 2011 midnight

    The mitochondria are telling him that. He should have listened to them.
  • kkinight - February 2, 2011 11:56 p.m.

    Not quite a huge fan of the game,but still hoping to see the new game
  • evilgoat420 - February 2, 2011 11:52 p.m.

    This makes me sad, when I heard a new parasite eve game was coming out, i was excited hoping for a ps3 release. then when I found out it was psp only, sadness. I hope it's good but even though I am a huge fan, I won't be playing this.

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