In response to Sony’s professed support for UMD – itself a response to his own claim that the PSP 2 would ditch the format – Acclaim’s David Perry has challenged the company to definitively state that the new iteration of the handheld will support UMD.
First, David Perry – the mind behind beloved titles like Aladdin, MDK and Earthworm Jim, now Chief Creative Officer at Acclaim – said last week that the PSP 2 was definitely real, could come as early as Fall 2009, and would ditch the unpopular UMD format in favor of downloadable games contained on memory sticks.
His claim was rebutted by Sony, who reaffirmed their commitment to the UMD, saying it was critical to them, though they did admit that they were looking to broaden their base in digital distribution.
Now, Perry has returned fire via Twitter, unhappy that Sony’s John Koller had publicly questioned his public announcement. Perry’s 140-character-limit throwdown reads as follows:
John Koller is publically questioning my post about PSP 2. So I confirmed with Top PSP 2 developers. John, state that PSP 2 WILL have UMD.
Ladies and gentlemen, can I get an “Oh snaps!” from the crowd? Consider the gauntlet thrown, people. Will Koller support his earlier statements and go on record promising that the PSP 2 will have UMD, or will he back down in the face of Perry’s certainty? I guess we’ll just have to find out next week, in the next episode of “As the Blu-Ray Turns.”