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No Heavenly Sword this year

Sony bigwig on PS3 launch titles.

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PS3 titles Heavenly Sword, Formula One and Motorstorm will not launch alongside the console on November 17th, according to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe boss David Reeves.

In an interview with CVG, Reeves said that the games won't arrive until "after Christmas" - although Insomniac title Resistance: Fall of Man "will certainly be a launch title."

He went on to state that Sony plans to have a diverse range of games available at console launch, since "for the first time we are not going to go just for hardcore gamers." You can expect "a portfolio of social gaming" to turn up during the launch window - including a PS3 EyeToy game. "EyeToy is not playable at the moment, but it will come before March 2007," Reeves revealed.

SingStar PS3 is set to arrive even sooner - there's still doubt over whether it'll be a PS3 title, despite what the chaps involved told us during E3, but Reeves confirmed that it will hit the shops "certainly before Christmas".

Sounds like Reeves isn't too worried about shifting PS3s though, regardless of the launch line-up: "Without being too arrogant about it, I don't think we worry too much about building up the hype in the first six months, but where the rubber hits the road is going to be when all those hardcore gamers have bought PS3. They have also bought Xbox 360 and they have probably bought Nintendo Wii as well," he said.

"We have built up a certain brand equity over time since the launch of PlayStation in 1995 and PS2 in 2000 that the first five million are going to buy it, whatever it is, even [if] it didn't have games."

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