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Disgaea 5 Will Be Impossible to Port to the PS Vita

by Ron Duwell | January 2, 2014January 2, 2014 4:00 pm PDT

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So far, NipponIchi has done a marvelous job making sure that its Disgaea series have all gotten handheld ports. Disgaea and Disgaea 2 popped up on the PSP, and likewise Disgaea 3 and Disgaea 4 woundup on the Vita shortly after their big release. Logic suggests that Disgaea 5 would eventually follow suit, right?

Well, not so much. After all, despite mostly being made from good old-fashioned hand-drawn sprites, Disgaea 5 is still a PlayStation 4 game, and the specs on the PS Vita just aren’t there for a port. NipponIchi President Sohei Niikawa explains in an interview with PlayStation Dengeki.

I know that there are many consumers who would like this. However, we are developing the game with PlayStation 4 specs, so to be honest, it’s impossible to port the game to the PlayStation Vita. Porting the game without erasing a lot of features and cutting down the amount of assets would be very difficult, and of course, we do not wish to do that. I think there are people waiting for a “Return” version with all of the contents [and DLC] included, but I’m sorry, that will not happen this time. (laughs) If we were to port the game to a portable system, fans would probably have to wait for the next portable system after the Vita, but I haven’t heard anything about this [system], so that would be far in the future. Disgaea 5 will have Remote Play. Do not wait for a PS Vita port, and please, play the PlayStation 4 version.

It could happen, but I think NipponIchi would have to make a lot of cuts and sacrifices that they aren’t willing to make. I guessed that a Vita port would be inbound, but this idea was still nagging in the back of my mind when I did. It’s a shame too because NipponIchi’s strategy series allows for nearly infinite replay, and it just feels more natural on the move because of its style and pick-up-and-play nature.

Oh well, I still l need to play Disgaea 3 and 4 before I start worrying about Disgaea 5. Maybe I’ll stick with those on my Vita instead. 4 seems to be much more popular with fans, so maybe that’s where I should jump back in.

Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...