The latest in the most popular branch of THQ's evergreen wrestling series, WWE Smackdown! Vs. RAW 2006, is to feature full link-up features between the PSP and PS2 versions, the publisher revealed today.
In what is sure to become the norm for franchises gracing both machines, the feature-set provided by connecting the two is admittedly impressive. Owners of both versions will be able to swap season data between the two, meaning you can play on your PS2 at home, then transfer you status to your PSP, trundle around on buses and trains playing from where you left off, then transfer everything back to your PS2 when you get home and carry on. This, theoretically, means that you can constantly play a wrestling game for all waking hours, your physical location ceasing to be an object. Welcome to the future, popstars. No one said it was going to be pretty.
But that's not all! You can also exchange characters, belts and unlockables between the two versions. There's still more! This means owners of each version will be able to enjoy an exclusive, as yet unnamed character from the PSP version on PS2 and vice versa. IT'S NOT OVER YET. The linking feature means you can win unique belts from other players playing WiFi multiplayer on PSPs, then take them back to your PS2 and battle for them online on your TV. The possibilities are INSANOSAUR.
Other PSP link-up games are few and far between at the moment. The PSP and PS2 versions of PES5 are known to talk to each other, as are Jak X: Combat Racing on PS2 and Daxter on PSP, but there's not too much else going on in the connectivity department at the moment. You can expect the concept to become more common in 2006.
The PSP version of WWE Smackdown! Vs. RAW 2006 releases in December, the PS2 version launching on November 11th.