The PlayStation Vita userbase went into a bit of an uproar this past week when executive Masayasu Ito went on record to state that Sony was no longer developing first party games for its floundering platform. Fans have been a bit upset with the console never living up to its lofty ambitions, and this withdrawal seemed to rub them the wrong way.
However, Sony has come back out to claim that they’re still supporting the Vita, just not on a AAA level. In a interview with VG247, Sony’s European boss Jim Ryan says that there will be future projects from Sony on the system.
“To clarify what was said about Vita, which was either misinterpreted or misreported: I think what was said was that we’re no longer in the business of triple-A development of games for Vita. But there is still first-party Vita content being worked upon.
I think it’s very hard to make concrete promises about something that is completely untried and unproven. But I think what we can say is that we’re taking this very seriously. We do view it as something that will be of considerable long-term importance. I’m aware that might come across as a bit mealy-mouthed, but I think that’s probably about as much as I can say.”
Sony still likes the Vita, just not the original inception of the Vita. For the company, when it comes to handhelds, simpler titles always sell better, and the AAA space just never found its place. Sony’s position makes sense if there is no money involved in Uncharted on its system.
In the meantime, I’m still in love with my Vita, and I use it everyday for my classic JRPG favorites, indie games, and those niche Japanese titles that rarely come to consoles anymore. If you still play with your Vita, what do you use it for? Uncharted or Breath of Fire IV? I fall into the later category.