NIS President: PS Vita Port of Disgaea 5 is Impossible, Future Development is Focused on PS4

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Sohei Niikawa, the president of Nippon Ichi Software, is candid about the current happenings of his company.

In the latest issue of Dengeki Playstation, he confirmed via an interview that a Playstation Vita port of Disgaea 5 was completely not possible. His response came after many fans were asking if a Vita port was happening, considering the previous two games made their way to Sony’s handheld:

“I realize that many fans are asking for this, however, we are developing the game under the specs of the Playstation 4. To be clear, it’s impossible to port the game to the Playstation Vita. We can’t port the game without removing a lot of features and cutting out lots of assets, which, while difficult, is something we don’t want to do.”

He also touched upon the inevitable question that fans might ask, that a “return” version of the game would come to Vita eventually, while also slipping out that he hasn’t heard anything regarding a Vita successor:

“I also think people might be waiting for a “return” version with all of the original content (and DLC) included, but I apologize – that won’t happen this time. (laughs) If we were to really port the game to a portable console, fans would probably have to wait for the next Sony portable after the Vita, but I haven’t heard anything about this [system], so that would be far into the future.”

Lastly, he did confirm the game will have remote play, and let out a final plea to his fans:

“Disgaea 5 will have Remote Play. Don’t wait for the Playstation Vita port, and finally – please play the Playstation 4 version.”

Niikawa revealed that Disgaea 5 was originally developed with both the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 in mind, but that a PS4-only release was decided to help Sony’s latest home console hopefully succeed in Japan. He pointed out that Nippon Ichi Software has been developing games only for Sony platforms since Jigsaw World, which released back on the original PlayStation in 1995. The company wants to help in the growth of the Playstation 4, because of their history developing for Sony consoles.

Curry is reportedly a large theme implemented in Disgaea 5, according to Niikawa. The mascot character, Usaria, is extremely fond of curry, although it will also be a big part of the story, as well as the systems within the game. A collaboration with Japanese curry-themed restaurant chain GO!GO!CURRY! is also coming.

Finally, Niikawa also confirmed that while the company has shifted all of their development to PlayStation 4, two more unconfirmed titles are being developed for the platform, alongside Disgaea 5.

[Editor’s note: thanks to Anime News Network for the translation.]



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  1. Yamato-san
    December 31, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    When I eventually do get a PS4 along with this game, I just better not hear about there being an upgraded port of any kind right after I buy it. Seriously, why update a game that’s not even 5 years old? What really pisses me off is that they can’t even make use of DLC to allow anyone previously invested in the old version to benefit from all the features added into the new version (even though the ability to add onto a pre-existing game should in theory be one of the main benefits to even having DLC). Wanna play as Pleinair in this title? Fuck you! You gotta go out and buy the updated port AND start a brand new save. For what it’s worth, though, at least they’re no Capcom.

  2. landlock
    December 31, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I see this more as a please buy the PS4 version (I will anyway) and don’t wait for a upgraded version later.

  3. Nin
    December 31, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    I predicted as such, as it’s unreasonable to think that the Vita could play PS4 games.

    Though, I think I’ll probably wait for the next mobile Playstation for Disgaea 5.

  4. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    December 31, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I wonder if the next mobile Playstation won’t just be a smartphone of some sort. They designed their Z3 with interoperability with the PS4 in mind, and the Vita, all things considered, hasn’t had a good run.

  5. Nin
    December 31, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    That would be horrible, yet very likely. I think the problem is that the Vita is treated more like a mobile PS3 rather than something truly designed for on the go gaming. I personally like that it’s a mobile PS3 as I don’t have one, but the Nintendo 3DS and smartphones (grumble) are easier to play on a slightest of whims.

  6. Koroma
    December 31, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    “well that’s alright the vita has too many games already”

    – No one ever

  7. NuclearCherries
    December 31, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    I’d rather know if D2 will be heading to the vita, since that could run on it.

  8. Cerzel
    December 31, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Sure, the Vita probably can’t play PS4 games.
    But when was the last time NIS actually made a game that wouldn’t be right at home in the previous console generation?

  9. Cerzel
    December 31, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Exactly what I thought as I read it. After D4 I haven’t bought anything NIS has put out, because there’s likely to be an upgraded release down the road. Which is pretty important for NIS games because they’re one of the worst offenders in the industry when it comes to absurd amounts of DLC.

  10. landlock
    December 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    There are a lot of PS4/PSV games being announced in Japan though. Sure the PSV versions will be downgraded but I can’t see why it’d be any different for Disgaea 5.

  11. Casey
    January 1, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Because the disgaea games, being isometric turn based games require the power and speed of the playstation 4.

    Maybe when this game doesn’t sell that well they’ll put someone in charge who is smart enough to port their games to multiple systems so they can actually… ya know, sell copies?

  12. luxia
    January 1, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    It makes sense. I read they were gonna use PS4s hardware to allow for bigger maps and up to 100 enemies on the map at once

  13. Random45
    January 1, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    My thoughts exactly. I mean, if this was the latest AAA game from EA or Activision, yeah, I could buy this explanation, but NIS? Seriously, the games they make could probably run on a PS2 still.

  14. Nonscpo
    January 1, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    Well this sucks for Vita owners, oh well!

  15. Fenrir007
    January 2, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I wonder if cutting the PS3 wasn’t motivated by the availability of piracy on that system.

  16. Michael Richardson
    Michael Richardson
    January 2, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Isn’t Nippon Ichi banking on the success of this game? I remember reading something about the series not continuing if this one was a flop.
    With that in mind, the lack of a PS3 version is baffling. PS3 is still quite a popular platform in Japan.

    Not that I mind. I’ll pick it up for my PS4 Day One.