Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror stealthily gets ported to the Playstation 2

By Spencer . June 25, 2007 . 10:38am

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Sony hasn’t been pretty quiet about Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror port, possibly because they don’t want to take away its PSP exclusivity. The first indication that it was in development came from retailer listings, but it’s real and these are the first screenshots from the Playstation 2 version. Sony has not made any announcements if they are adding in anything extra for the Playstation 2 release or if it’s a direct port. The other question is how (if?) Sony is going to keep the multiplayer missions in Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror by splitting the screen or through online play.

 

Usually handheld systems get ports of older games. The Game Boy Advance was home to a number of Super Nintendo games and many went on to become mega hits for the system. While that has PSP has a fare share of PS1 ports, the PSP stands out since many of the natively developed games get ported to home consoles. Lumines, Gripshift, Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection and the Grand Theft Auto “Stories” series transitioned to larger screens at a cheaper price months after their portable debut.

 

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  • Veilknight

    I’ve always accounted the rampant PSP to home consoles port merely because of a game’s lacking sales, although there are notable exceptions like Lumines. I believe Mizuguchi’s puzzler received numerous releases on various platforms due in part to the title’s grand popularity.

    However, for those games which may not meet company expectations, in order for a publisher to properly recoup development time from the title’s lackluster sales, they may find it necessary to port the game to a more popular platform to capitalize on its larger base installment of gamers.

    You may see a increase in sales thanks to spreading out the product to different platforms, but I find this only leaves to alienate the fanbase, especially when it comes time for a sequel. After all, there’s no point in purchasing the PSP game when the title could very well turn up on a different console at a much cheaper price. The same thing happened with Rockstar’s GTA Stories games, they basically doomed the PSP installments by later releasing the same titles on the PS2 at a lower price.

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