edfportGet ready, Earth Defense Force fans, because now the power of giant ant slaughter will be in the palm of your hands. D3 Publishers will be bringing the PlayStation Vita port of their cult Xbox 360 hit Earth Defense Force 2017 to American shores in February 2013.

This port will not only add the highly anticipated online mulitplayer mode, making the final stretch of Inferno missions a bit more tolerable, but it also has seven new campaign missions and a playable Pale Rider jetpack unit as well. The jetpack was a neglected element from the PlayStation 2 Japan-only prequels.

For fans who need a bit more than a port to stay happy with the series, don’t worry too much. Developer Sandlot has Earth Defense Force 4 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 primed and ready for launch in Japan next year as well. Judging by the moderate success the budget titles enjoy here, expect a release. internationally as well.

In the meantime, Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable will be released February 2013 for the PlayStation Vita for $39.99. Happy bug hunting!

[via Siliconera]