Grim Reaper that is! During Sony’s press conference at this year’s Game Developers Conference, representatives from Backbone Entertainment (a division of Digital Eclipse) had the distinction of giving the first public showing of a PSP game, Death, Jr. As you might suspect from the title, the game follows the adventures of Death’s offspring in an almost Tim Burton and Day of the Dead–inspired setting. Few details were released about the game, but some brief footage of the little tyke in action was shown, including some platforming and a bunch of special effects that are built into the PSP hardware.
The footage was captured from the PSP emulator, so no actual hardware was on hand, but folks from Backbone repeatedly stated how easy it was to get the basic elements of the game up and running on the emulator within a relatively short period of time. That’s a good sign for any PS2 developer who had trouble with Sony’s hardware in its early days. You can expect to hear more about Death, Jr. and other PSP games at this year’s E3.