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Don't expect any Treasure games on PSN anytime soon


On the cusp of Tokyo Game Show, the 1up crew tracked down Treasure president Masato Maegawa to ask him all sorts of questions regarding his company's future. Treasure, of course, is the company behind such great titles like Ikaruga, Radiant Silvergun and Guardian Heroes.

While we're sure plenty of you would love to download any of those games via the PlayStation Network, it doesn't look like it'll be happening ... at least not for awhile, anyway. Maegawa said that Treasure is just now "fully up and running on developing for Xbox Live Arcade, so to move resources to PSN just now wouldn't make much sense."

Ouch, did you hear that? That's the sound of my heart being crushed under Maegawa's steel-toed penny loafers. You'll rue the day for this decision, Maegawa. RUE!

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1. Meh... Never heard of any of this stuff. Won't be any tears shed from me.

Posted at 1:17PM on Sep 18th 2007 by never$$hort

2. Guess I'll just have to download a good emulator and run those games on my PC for free.

Who the hell wants to play a 20 year old game on a next gen system? Jazz that old school game up and maybe I'll fork over the duckets, puhleeeze...

Posted at 1:29PM on Sep 18th 2007 by FrankTheCrank

3. That's too bad, I would love'd to have tried them.

Posted at 1:38PM on Sep 18th 2007 by ruibing

4. Is this a slow news day? Add insignificant company X and have them say "sorry, not on PS3...."

Posted at 1:40PM on Sep 18th 2007 by shase

5. Since the comment is specifically about the PSN and this is PS3Fanboy the article is entirely relevant to the sites audience Shase, even if it is a small company.

Posted at 1:43PM on Sep 18th 2007 by Ste

6. theyr games must be less than 100Mb then..

I like that PSN has no size restriction. When will XBLA learn that thats the way to go?

though I live in Europe, and PSN content here is flat out bad.

Posted at 2:08PM on Sep 18th 2007 by Supino

7. To Shase, never$Short or anyone who might find this insignificant:

This is acrtually BAD news. The original Guardian Heroes for the Sega Saturn is still in my top 5 games of all time list (possibly top 3). I also have the imported Bangai-OH for the Sega Dreamcast. Treasure makes AMAZING games with a unique art style. Any HARDCORE gamer should be familiar with this company and most likely fell in love with at least one of their titles. I haven't played ANY game this generation for either system that can hold a candle to Guardian Heroes. I'm not even gonna get into the cult following that Radiant Silvergun has, I wonder if its still selling for upwards of $200 on ebay.
Hopefully GH will find its way to Xbox Live arcade. that is a game that every gamer should be exposed to and I am sure the 6 player arena mode would be a BLAST online and the multiplayer cooperative campaign mode is the best that I have ever played. Not to mention the replay value you get from a game that changes every time you play it, I beat it a bazillion times and still havent seen every branch and ending.

TheSh0wstopper

Posted at 2:20PM on Sep 18th 2007 by TheSh0wstopper

8. Regardless whether it is great games or not... people buy nextgen systems to play new games not to play older games... sadly many people pay for VC games like the overcharged ones from Nintendo and not play the so many games Nintendo offers.... same with Xbox and ps3. If they are making brand new arcade games then i am sorry but if all it is is bringing old stuff back then it is insignificant.

Posted at 2:26PM on Sep 18th 2007 by shase

9. How have you never heard of Ikaruga? Go to youtube and look up videos of it, that game is probably in the top 10 most difficult games of all time, it's insane.

Posted at 2:33PM on Sep 18th 2007 by BlackBeltJones

10. I'm still puzzled as to why Treasure is porting to XBLA in the first place. Very few people in America care about these games, and very few people in Japan own 360s. The only thing I can think of is that being a small developer, Microsoft wrote them a large enough check to make this worth their while.

Posted at 2:38PM on Sep 18th 2007 by djSyndrome

11. @#7: Sorry... still could care less about something I've NEVER heard of. Just because I've never heard of or played thier titles doesn't mean I'm any less of a hardcore gamer than you. Its funny how you always try to make yourself out as if you're better than the rest of us.. meh to you

Posted at 2:54PM on Sep 18th 2007 by never$$hort

12. @ shase
"people buy nextgen systems to play new games not to play older games... sadly many people pay for VC games like the overcharged ones from Nintendo..."

Do you realize that you contradict your own self? Many people pay for these games because they want them! maybe you dont want to play retor games but there is a big enough demand for them that all consoles have Backwards compatibility and that they all have a marketplace where you can download older games and they generate a lot of revenue. A GOOD GAME IS A GOOD GAME!!! Graphics is not the only factor when it comes to how fun a game is, I would take a download of Guardian Heroes over any game coming out this side of christmas (well maybe not Mass Effect or Halo 3).
It is ignorant to pass your opinion as everyones opinion. I hate racing games and games with Female lead characters. Is it fair for me to say people are idiots and wasting their money for getting Gran Turismo and Heavenly Sword?

TheSh0wstopper

Posted at 2:54PM on Sep 18th 2007 by TheSh0wstopper

13. Ikaruga is actually pretty easy for a Japanese shooter. It's a lot more methodical and less reflex based than most.

In all seriousness though, if you knew anything about gaming, you'd know about Treasure. This is pretty sad news.

Posted at 2:56PM on Sep 18th 2007 by upz

14. @#12: It was just as unfair as saying that we are not hardcore gamers because we've never heard of or played these titles...

Posted at 2:58PM on Sep 18th 2007 by never$$hort

15. WHAT???

I never try to make myself out to be better than anyone. I just state my opinion and get into arguements every now and then (well maybe a little more often than that). But I have to stand by my guns on this one, anyone who is a HARDCORE gamer has to have heard of Treasure or at least played one of their games. And I am sure a lot of people will agree with me.

TheSh0wstopper

Posted at 2:59PM on Sep 18th 2007 by TheSh0wstopper

16. @13: Maybe I have heard of them in the distant past, thats besides the point... I'm 27 and for some reason none of these titles or the company triggers my memory.. So either they aren't as good as you guys claim or they were INSIGNIFICANT to ME, which is all that matters... not everyone plays and enjoys EVERY GAME.. sheesh, get off your high horses people!!

Posted at 3:01PM on Sep 18th 2007 by never$$hort

17. I apologize if I offended anyone but come on... You have never HEARD of Treasure, Ikaruga, Guardian Heroes or Bangia-Oh. I'm not saying your not a GAMER but if your a HARDCORE GAMER you HAD to have heard of these games. I didnt even say play them, HEARD OF THEM!!!

TheSh0wstopper

Posted at 3:02PM on Sep 18th 2007 by TheSh0wstopper

18. @15: Well I don't remember ANY of this!! Maybe it cuz I gotta short-term memory from smokin', I don't know but NONE of this rings a bell, SO SUE ME!!! LMAO

Posted at 3:04PM on Sep 18th 2007 by never$$hort

19. Not on a High horse. I am only 24 and have heard of and owned all of them. Next you'll be saying you never heard of Yie Ar Kung Fu, Contra, or Vectorman but your still hardcore.

TheSh0wstopper

Posted at 3:05PM on Sep 18th 2007 by TheSh0wstopper

20. Like I said possibly heard of these MANY years ago... I've had many systems starting with Atari 2600, its REALLY HARD for me to remember ALL GAMES.. So like said, these titles were either MEH to me BACK THEN or trash..

Posted at 3:08PM on Sep 18th 2007 by never$$hort

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