San Francisco -- "Bionic Commando: Rearmed," a re-make of the original "Bionic Commando," is coming to a PSP near you -- but isn't going to be released on PSP.
Capcom producer Ben Judd told me last week that the PS3 version of "Bionic Commando: Rearmed" for the console's PlayStation Network will be playable on PSPs using the PS3's Remote Play feature.
Remote Play allows a PSP user to access content on their PS3 theoretically from any location where they can get a WiFi signal. The feature was implemented in limited fashion for last fall's PS3 dragon-combat game "Lair" and then delivered in full for the PSN game "PixelJunk Monsters."
If Capcom gets Remote Play to work properly, the game may well be one of the first to use the service well and among the first, if not the first, third-party game to use it.
The end result: "Bionic Commando: Rearmed" playable on PSPs, even without the game being released on PSP.
Like I said.
The Xbox 360 and PC versions of "Rearmed" won't support this, obviously. Could this added feature be the differentiator between other upcoming XBLA/PSN cross-platform releases?
I spoke with Judd about some other "BC" matters, including why it's taken so long for a sequel. Look for a full interview at the end of the day right here at the Multiplayer blog.