Despite this: http://www.konami.com/gs/gameinfo.php?id=164&pid=1 which admittedly was a page set up almost 4 months ago, there is official word now that WE9:I WILL NOT be released in the United States on any format. I was watching a gaming show on cable this morning and it interviewed Konami America about the product line for the XBox360 and whether they had got far in development for PS3 titles given the developer kits were very late being sent out. They went on about the PS3 for about 5 minutes saying that the most exciting thing was the storage capacity of the blu-ray format for RPG etc. blah blah blah and then they went through their list of titles under production for both machines. I figured when they listed the development line-up they just didn't bother mentioning it but they made a special point of saying, AS FOR THE COMPANY'S BEST SELLING SPORTS CONVERSION OUTSIDE OF JAPAN, THERE WILL BE NO SOCCER TITLE FROM KONAMI THIS YEAR FOR THE NORTH AMERICAN MARKET AS KONAMI AMERICA WILL BE WAITING FOR THE FIRST OFFICAL RELEASE FOR THE PS3 IN JAPAN BEFORE CONVERTING THE TITLE TO NEXT GEN MACHINES IN WESTERN EUROPE. FOR THE U.S. THIS MEANS NO TITLE UNTIL 2007 SO GAMERS WILL HAVE TO MAKE DO WITH EA SPORTS FIFA WORLD CUP REELASE AND A RUMORED CONVERSION OF FOOTBALL KINGDOM WHICH IS UNDERSTOOD TO HAVE SECURED A WIDER DISTRIBUTION THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH OTHER SOFTWARE HOUSES WHO WILL CONVERT THE TITLE FOR MULTI-PLATFORM RELEASE. This came from the interview with the heads at Konami America so I'm assuming it's not BS and they had the guy talking on the screen for almost ten minutes about the companies releases so I'm figuring if he says it, it must be true!!!! The stores which have it listed are making the usual assumations of release. I got a little suspicious when I read the official Konami website as in the link at the beginning as it mentioned "New Leagues" etc. and then I realized it was the same press release almost as for WE8:I. Sucks but then if it was only going to be a straight conversion again of PES5, we're really not missing much. Hopefull by the time we receive WE10:I, it will be an awesome title for both XBox360 & PS3.