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First Party Games Still in Development for PS Vita, According to Sony

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We’ve learned (via VG247) that Sony apparently has first-party development studios working on PS Vita games, despite previous reports saying the company has moved on to focus entirely on the PlayStation 4.

The question regarding first-party support for the handheld came up during an interview with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s Jim Ryan, who said the company still has content in the works for the handheld.

“We’re no longer in the business of triple-A development of games for Vita,” Ryan said. “But there is still first-party Vita contentbeing worked upon.”

While Ryan did not confirm what sort of games to expect, it’s worth mentioning the PS Vita was mostly absent during their recent Paris Games Week presentation. It’s also worth mentioning that Sony worldwide studios boss Shuhei Yoshida recently said the “climate is not healthy” for a PS Vita successor.

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  1. Maiq TheLiar
    Maiq TheLiar
    October 29, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Oh so pretty much just drumming up some media exposure lately?

  2. Mir Teiwaz
    Mir Teiwaz
    October 29, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Make up your mind Sony. Are you making Vita games or not?

  3. buddyluv324
    buddyluv324
    October 29, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    I wish Sony was clear and precise on what they say. Its almost as if they dont know what to do with the Vita. They went from the Vita being basically a mini-PS3, add-on for remote play for the PS4 and now this.

  4. SolidSalamander
    SolidSalamander
    October 29, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Wait what? Didn’t they just say they didn’t have any teams working on new stuff for Vita? What the fuck is with Sony? Have they gone completely bipolar? I mean shit, I’d love it for them to continue supporting the Vita, but make up your minds for fuck’s sake Sony.

  5. Imphobia
    Imphobia
    October 29, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    They didn’t say it was games either but if it’s really games they are talking about I’m curious to know what they have in store after well over a year of silence.

  6. Go D. Usopp
    Go D. Usopp
    October 29, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Soul Sacrifice 2 plz (ha, not gonna happen)

  7. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    October 29, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    They aren’t. All of Sony’s first party studios make AAA games; Oreshika, Freedom Wars, Soul Sacrifice, Killzone Mercenary et al were AAA games. So since they aren’t making AAA games for the PSV, since all of their studios only make AAA games then it stands to reason that there are no games coming for the PSV~.

    The continuous ambiguity and vagueness is an attempt to save some face much like when they announced the system was a legacy device then backtracked saying that was a mistake~.

  8. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    October 29, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    They never knew what to do with it, that’s why the system flopped. Right now? My guess is that they prefer to give some false hope than to keep on getting the backlash of the 12M people who bought one~.

  9. Nagato
    Nagato
    October 29, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Sure, if you count Virtual Toys – of Muppets and Looney Tunes fame – as a developer of first-party Vita content.

  10. Nagato
    Nagato
    October 29, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    More or less the same position Nintendo is in with its latest console, although that’s at least still getting a minimal level of support.

  11. Rayxtr
    Rayxtr
    October 29, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Probably more shit like those muppet, loony tunes sport game and other games they did release recently. No thanks Sony. I would not mind a new 3d Loony Tunes platform but at least a decent one…

  12. sanic
    sanic
    October 29, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Whatever I just by the stuff xseed, atlus, and aksys puts out so I’ll be cool either way. Also miku.

  13. Offendatron_5000
    Offendatron_5000
    October 29, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    This sounds like Vita is getting PSN games that will also be on Vita to be, not as much individual full game releases just for the Vita.

  14. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    October 29, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    I think this is just damage control after the recent backlash. I doubt they are developing anything major. Nothing was particularly successful on the Vita.

  15. DariusQ
    DariusQ
    October 29, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    My guess is that this all stems from some executive shooting off their mouth when silence would have sufficed. Everyone knows Sony themselves aren’t producing any Vita specific content anymore but to actually come out and say it is just plain stupid.

  16. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    October 29, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I disagree, Nintendo keeps on making games for the Wii U. That their production times are goddamn awful is an entirely different matter but I don’t consider the Wii U to be getting less games than the Wii or Gamecube did [first party wise] in their days. The Wii U still has the new Star Fox and Zelda coming… someday, I guess. Plus XBX which hasn’t come to the West yet and wasn’t there some kind of Amiibo BS game coming out too? Plus this year they released Mario Maker and Devil’s Turd; the latter which I understand they funded. Also, they brought over Fatal Frame, better late [and censored apparently] than never~.

    In comparison, after Oreshika in March [and that’s in the West, since the game was released July last year] Sony has done exactly nothing for the PSV. Nintendo’s times have always been terrible and take too long, they just thought that by magic third parties would want to make games for them to fill in the gaps. In comparison, Sony literally abandoned the PSV and, by magic, a lot of third parties jumped on board~.

    I mean, two years ago nobody would have thought Squeenix would make new games for it~.

  17. Antoinant
    Antoinant
    October 29, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    I think he was talking about the New 3DS, which is a pointless model to be honest.

  18. soloOtroMas
    soloOtroMas
    October 29, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Damage control.

  19. Jack
    Jack
    October 29, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Not yet snake, it’s not over yet

  20. True Goddess Reincarnation
    True Goddess Reincarnation
    October 29, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Miku first other games later

  21. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    October 29, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    So the vita is basically dead to Sony.

  22. Phelan
    Phelan
    October 29, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    I present you all the people who believe in that statement:

    http://pre10.deviantart.net/8417/th/pre/i/2006/176/5/0/empty_classroom_during_curfew_by_phillip_hodges.jpg

    Let’s be frank… by 1st party games we don’t mean games like Murasaki Baby (he believes that XDEV games = 1st party)… by 1st party games we mean games like Freedom Wars, Uncharted, Wipeout, Oreshika, Killzone… and apart Uncharted and Killzone none are even close to being AAA game.

    Which is totally fine because IMHO Vita doesn’t need AAA games. It needs B-AA budget games.

  23. Phelan
    Phelan
    October 29, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    They count also XDEV games to 1st party… so yeah…

  24. Phelan
    Phelan
    October 29, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    It might happen!

    On PS4 that is.

  25. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    October 29, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    After telling us you have ceased all first party development? Why lie?

  26. sleepchon
    sleepchon
    October 29, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Sony is incredibly hypocritical. First they claim to drop Vita support and label it a legacy console, then they pull a 180 and say this. I honestly doubt anything remarkable is actually being developed for the system, and this is just a statement made to save face regarding the Vita and its fanbase.

  27. tetrisdork
    tetrisdork
    October 29, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Proof or GTFO, Sony.

  28. Fenrir007
    Fenrir007
    October 29, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    I don’t care as long as we keep getting weeb games for it.

  29. bgrunge
    bgrunge
    October 29, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    I just picked up a PS TV for 35 bucks. The memory card cost 80. XD

    Seriously, there were tons of problems with Vita that were apparent early on:

    First, the lack of second shoulder buttons made it hard to really have a lot of PS1 and PS2 content work well. (I know about the back pad, but that was gimmicky and hardly ever used- a proper 2nd set of shoulder buttons would have been cheaper and better)

    Secondly, the memory was proprietary instead of just being cheap ol’ microSD cards like it should’ve- that turned off a ton of people from adoption.

    Thirdly, the game library did not include every PSP game ever, and it absolutely should have. It should have been something like “If it was available on the PSP, it is available in the playstation store”.

    Fourth, the playstation store has always been cheap on sales- people get invested in a platform when they have more titles on it, and people don’t buy a ton of titles at full price. Make it easy to be invested in the platform.

    Fifth, cross compatibility was infrequent and up to the developer. Sony should have just developed a straight up 100% emulation solution for the PS3 and 4 that would have allowed people to play any Vita game on those systems- then, developers would develop for Vita since it would automatically mean getting their games on two other platforms for free.

    But yeah, Sony has had their head up their ass for a while, so no surprise that they made so many missteps with the Vita.

  30. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 29, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Not true. Sony have released many non-AAA games. And other apps.

  31. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 29, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Yeah until your savegame got corrupted because you used cheap microsd from ebay.

  32. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 29, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    So is vita.

  33. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 29, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    It really doesn’t. I could play Zen pinball every day. New tables just came out of Family Guy and American Dad. Sure that and a lot of vita games are on console but being handheld is part of what’s great about. Man, I’ve spent much more time on pixeljunk or velocity than i did on killzone.

  34. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 29, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Not true. Ubisoft said than assassins creed did very well. They were really pleased. Call of duty sold bucketloads. Dragons crown did very well, persona 4 did, and others like rayman and tearaway..

  35. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 29, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Whinge, whine, become so common.

  36. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 29, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Sony isn’t a person. It has no mouth.

  37. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 29, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Different person, only slightly different message.

  38. Lester Paredes
    Lester Paredes
    October 30, 2015 at 5:07 am

    Show me, and then I’ll believe it. Man, I sure would like to see Darksiders one or two, Rogue Galacy, Dark Cloud 2, Syphon Filter Dark Mirror/Logan’s Shadow on it with dual stick support… or any number of awesome PS2/3 games on it. I know thise aren’t all first party games, but I imagine ports would be the easiest and most inexpensive thing Sony could do to prove they still care.

  39. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    October 30, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Apps aren’t games. Which non AAA games have they released on the PSV~?

  40. Antoinant
    Antoinant
    October 30, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Look at his other comments on the same section.

    He also seems quick to defend Sony.

  41. Antoinant
    Antoinant
    October 30, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Micro SD cards stopped being expensive since a long time. I can get two 64GB microSD cards (from Sandisk) for not even 60€ on Amazon.

  42. Antoinant
    Antoinant
    October 30, 2015 at 8:11 am

    How much Sony paid you?

  43. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 30, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Who said apps are games?

  44. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 30, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Is Counterspy a AAA game, dude? When Vikings attack? The AR games? Frobisher? Resogun? Run Sackboy Run? Was Super Stardust Delta? What about Open Me? Pinball Heroes? Was that AAA? What about Vita Pets? Hohokum? Maybe Entwined? What about Doki Doki Universe?…… man, I could go on…

  45. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 30, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Escape Plan…

  46. Antoinant
    Antoinant
    October 30, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Counterspy/Resogun are multiplatform (Counterspy had the longest loading times on Vita, and Resogun had additonal content in the PS4 only), not exclusive to the handheld. I hope you weren’t serious when mentionning the others titles.

  47. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 30, 2015 at 9:16 am

    i bought a 16gb two years ago… they aren’t that expensive. you buy it once, and that’s that.. and it’s quality.. you never hear of file corruption.. do you think there is no difference between some factories and sandisk? what about even the difference between sandisk everyday and sandisk extreme pro? yes, there are differences. this whining over a one time quality memory card purchase is ridiculous

  48. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 30, 2015 at 9:23 am

    you buy extreme pro, bro?

  49. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 30, 2015 at 9:26 am

    haha.. they give me games at the beginning of each month.. i’m in a secret club called ps plus..

  50. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 30, 2015 at 9:29 am

    well, gravity rush 2 is coming..

  51. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 30, 2015 at 9:32 am

    the point is.. no, sony aren’t making AAA games for Vita but they aren’t abandoning it.. there will still be support and service.. and even if it’s a multiplatform release, at least vita is one of those platforms..

  52. Antoinant
    Antoinant
    October 30, 2015 at 9:40 am

    The only “support” Sony is giving is more system updates against the exploits for the CFW.

    “well gravity rush 2 is coming”

    Yeah and it’s on PS4 only. No way I would buy from Sony ever again.

  53. Antoinant
    Antoinant
    October 30, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Paying a monthly fee to get indie shovelware shit sure sound interesting, you shill

  54. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 30, 2015 at 9:51 am

    is there anybody else out there who sees how much winging and whining there is here? am i the only one who enjoys playing games and doesn’t need to complain about it? i love playstation. i don’t get what’s wrong with you. so boo hoo.

  55. Antoinant
    Antoinant
    October 30, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I enjoy my Vita (as well as my PSP & PS3), but that doesn’t mean I like Sony and its many terrible decisions.

    I’m not some braindead idiot with some kind of loyalty towards a company.

  56. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 30, 2015 at 9:57 am

    so boo hoo

  57. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 30, 2015 at 10:00 am

    do you see the larger thread? the relationships of comments? may you enjoy. you seem so dark here.

  58. Antoinant
    Antoinant
    October 30, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Go back to NeoGAF, Reddit, or whatever you came from.

  59. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    October 30, 2015 at 10:41 am

    …to Playstation 4, we are talking about the PSV here~.

  60. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    October 30, 2015 at 10:42 am

    You did, when you stated: “Not true. Sony have released many non-AAA games. And other apps.”

    Also, lol at your list. Atoinant already addressed all that. Point remains, Sony hasn’t done anything for the PSV software wise and that’s not about to change anytime soon~.

  61. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 30, 2015 at 11:42 am

    other apps besides games, yeah… so, anyway, relax, vita isn’t dead.. unless you want it to be.. civ rev 2 is going to keep it alive for a long while yet for me.. i’m loving it, downer.

  62. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 30, 2015 at 11:45 am

    for the fans… i reckon kat is the best character in everybody’s golf.. and she’s a cutie.

  63. alterku
    alterku
    October 30, 2015 at 11:55 am

    As for the argument that Vita memory cards are higher quality than lower-priced microSD cards, I encourage everyone to google search the “Vita 64gb failure” for the only memory card worth buying in terms of being the best cost/size ratio. I haven’t downloaded a single digital game and I’m already over 25% on my 8gb. It’s ridiculous. I’m not going to respond to the pro-Sony shill in this comments section, and probably a paid one, so this message is for everyone else.
    I personally use a high grade orange 64gb Samsung microSD in my phone that performs incredibly well, reasonably priced at less than 40 dollars CAD, and haven’t had any problems with it in the 2 years I’ve had it. I wish I could say the same for any Vita memory card ever.

  64. InfectedAI
    InfectedAI
    October 30, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    You’re in the minority here. Lots of people skipped the Vita because of the proprietary memory cards. Who cares if it’s a one time purchase that’s irrelevant. I can buy a 32 gig SD or MicroSD for ~20 dollars rather easily without looking for a sale. The Vita equivalent is around 60 dollars.

    As for corruption in my entire life I’ve had a single MicroSD card go bad, and that was most likely cause by the device it was in being physically hit extremely hard.

    The fact of the matter is the Vita is overpriced, people don’t like feeling ripped off, and the competition is a lot cheaper. All this is going to drive people away.

  65. ThatDamnCanadian
    ThatDamnCanadian
    October 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    I’ll believe it when I see it Sony. Otherwise this is just obvious backtracking just like how they backtracked hard from their statement on the PSV being a “legacy platform” a few months back

  66. bgrunge
    bgrunge
    October 30, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    I use class 10 SanDisk MicroSD cards in all my stuff, they are cheap and huge in capacity. Maybe 1/3 of the cost of Sony’s proprietary cards, and I haven’t had one fail on me yet.

  67. bgrunge
    bgrunge
    October 30, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    You don’t need to, just buy a sandisk class 10, it’ll do ya.

  68. bgrunge
    bgrunge
    October 30, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    According to the U.S. Supreme Court it is, lol.

  69. Nonscpo
    Nonscpo
    October 31, 2015 at 2:56 am

    Wasted statement, most people aren’t going to buy it…the statement not the system ;)

  70. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 31, 2015 at 3:58 am

    do you think everyone would? can you imagine the crying of people when their games mess up on their cheap ebay microsd cards? this is a crazy thing for people to be annoyed about, especially 3 years, nearly 4 years since the vita was released. buy a memory card and enjoy! they aren’t that expensive. get a 2nd hand 16gb one if you don’t have much money. then forget about it, and enjoy! it’s simple.. stop sulking!

  71. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    October 31, 2015 at 3:59 am

    my biggest problem was whether to get the wifi or the 3g model.. that was hard..

  72. Antoinant
    Antoinant
    October 31, 2015 at 4:34 am

    “Bend yourself to their shitty practises (again) and enjoy being fucked in the ass by Sony’s pricing”

    Blind loyalty does certain things I guess.

  73. bgrunge
    bgrunge
    November 1, 2015 at 1:56 am

    Hey, I already bought one for my PS TV… it was twice the cost of the system. When a memory card costs twice as much as the game system it’s for, something’s wrong.

  74. Stone Skull
    Stone Skull
    November 28, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I still have my Dreamcast VMU. And my PS2 memory card. Feels almost as long ago when I bought my Vita memory card. And so much gaming goodness since..