Katamari Forever

Katamari creator resurfaces with Glitch

Eccentric MMO launches today.

Glitch, a cute free-to-play browser MMO from a team that includes Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi among its ranks, launches today, developer Tiny Speck has announced.

Keita Takahashi: Why I left Namco

"I didn't belong there any more."

Katamary Damacy and Noby Noby Boy creator Keita Takahashi has for the first time explained his decision to quit publisher Namco Bandai after 11 years working for the company.

Katamari Forever

Katamari Forever

Infinite Circle?

The field is empty. It is night. There are no paper clips, tin soldiers, scraps of sushi, teddy bears, bicycles or classical guitars to roll up here. Instead, a lone man sits at a bench, straining through the gloom to read a book.

Hills roll off into the distance around him, their shape and form suggested by ten thousand pinpricks of light: lantern fireflies bobbing in a silence unbroken by the flitting of their tiny, spastic wings. Your Katamari rocks in the breeze as YMCK strike up a mournful chiptune ballad. The wind sighs and the reeds bow their heads in sympathy. Then, just as you begin to feel lost in an absurdist joke, the King of all Cosmos pops into frame and, in his stoner/child patois, begins to explain.

One week earlier, when showing off how high he could jump, the king bumped his head on an asteroid, in doing so clouding his memories. It's in one of these half-rememberings (first seen in the second game, 'We love Katamari') that you find yourself now. "Look, someone studying having trouble reading..." the king says, pointing to the man on the bench.

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Demos galore line the PS3 Store

Katamari! FIFA! LBP! Fat Princess!

Demos for Katamari Forever, FIFA 10, Fat Princess and LittleBigPlanet are the star attractions on the PlayStation Store this week.

Katamari Forever demo out in Japan

Time to dust off your 'other' PSN account.

Namco Bandai has released a demo of Katamari Forever on the Japanese PlayStation Store to coincide with the game's launch in the region.

Katamari Forever

Rollover jackpot?

London's Namco Centre, the location of this evening's hands-on event with Katamari Forever, sits almost exactly opposite the Houses of Parliament. Cast in the tall shadow of Big Ben, this busy arcade - the likes of which you'd never find in a marginal constituency - provides an ideal stop-off point for MPs to throw down some expenses on a quick game of Time Crisis after work.

Katamari Forever for Europe and US

PS3 tribute due out this year.

Namco Bandai has announced that it's to grant a North American and European release to its PS3 exclusive Katamari Damacy Tribute, renaming it Katamari Forever in the process. The game will be out this autumn.

Takahashi not involved in PS3 Katamari

But the game's "in good hands".

Although it probably won't come as much surprise to series followers, Namco Bandai has confirmed to Eurogamer that Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi is "not involved" in production of the upcoming PS3 version.

Katamari was comment on consumerism

"I don't use drugs at all" - Takahashi.

At his talk at last week's Game Developers Conference, Namco Bandai's Keita Takahashi revealed that he intended his first game, cult hit Katamari Damacy, to be a comment on consumer culture.

Katamari Damacy heading to PS3

"Tribute" game out this year, full 1080p.

Namco Bandai is working on a PlayStation 3 version of Katamari Damacy for release later this year, according to the latest issue of Famitsu.