Sony’s announcement that the launch of its PlayStation Vita would be delayed until next year was pretty disappointing for me, but there is one good reason for that: the company doesn’t want the device to launch without a good selection of games. Remember Nintendo’s reason (excuse?) for the 3DS‘ unsuccessful launch?
But thanks to the delay, the PS Vita’s launch lineup should be a whole lot better. Sega just announced it will have two titles ready for launch, one of which will be Virtua Tennis 4, the other is yet to be named. In an interview with VG24/7, Sega West CEO Mike Hayes spoke of the company’s full backing for the PS Vita:
“On Vita, we can came out pretty early on and said we were going to give support to the hardware.
“And we will have at least two titles at the launch of Vita. When exactly that’s going to be of course, we don’t know, but we’re assuming it’s going to be by the end of the Sony financial year, we guess, so we’ve got that.”
Hayes also says that there are a further three games in production for the Vita, though they won’t be ready for the device’s launch.
This is great news for those of us looking forward to the release of Sony’s next-generation handheld. I was thrilled when I rushed out to grab a Nintendo 3DS on launch day, but the selection of games was (and actually, still is) missing a number of big titles. With Sega’s backing, we’re sure to see some of its biggest games on the Vita, which makes the console even more exciting for me.
The PlayStation Vita is still set to launch in Japan later this year, but for the rest of the world, we’ll have to wait until early 2012.
Are you looking forward to Sega’s Vita releases?