Namco Bandai's American arm confirmed the updated release date of Noby Noby Boy today, putting a low, low price on the PlayStation 3-bound thing-eating game. It's cheap. Five measly (American) bucks cheap.
Due on February 19th, the PlayStation Network release will let plays stuff the titular BOY with everything in the game world, letting him stretch to incredible lengths. Recorded gameplay videos can be uploaded to YouTube from within game and players can collaborate online to unlock new stuff.
Full press release, if you're inclined, after this.
NAMCO BANDAI GAMES ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE AND PRICE FOR NOBY NOBY BOY™ IN NORTH AMERICA
Unique PLAYSTATION®3 system Game from the Creator of Katamari Damacy Available for Download from PlayStation®Network on February 19 for $4.99
Santa Clara, Calif., (January 22, 2009) - Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., today announced that NOBY NOBY BOY™ will be available for download from the PlayStation®Network for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system in North America on February 19 for a price of $4.99. The latest game from Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi, NOBY NOBY BOY lets players expand their imaginations as they stretch a creature named BOY to incredible lengths across the playground-like planets of the solar system.
Offering a unique play experience from one of the video game industry's most creative minds, NOBY NOBY BOY gives players complete freedom to create gameplay suited to their tastes. As BOY, players can eat and spit out nearly everything they encounter in the game, from people and animals to trees and buildings, helping them to gain length as they stretch their elongated body. Players can control BOY's front and back ends using the PLAYSTATION 3 controller's two analogue sticks, allowing for incredibly detailed movements such as tying themselves into knots or threading BOY through holes in the environment. NOBY NOBY BOY allows players to record video footage as they play and upload it directly to YouTube™ for easy viewing.
Delivering a new and innovate approach to online gaming, NOBY NOBY BOY lets players collaborate to unlock new game stages. As players stretch BOY in their individual play sessions, the lengths to which they grow are uploaded to a persistent character known as GIRL, who grows at the same rate as the combined length of all the players in the world. GIRL starts at Earth and expands through the solar system as more games are played and BOYs from all players continue to grow. When GIRL reaches a new milestone in the solar system, these areas are unlocked as playable stages in the game for everyone around the world.