Shuhei Yoshida: Playstation Vita is Getting Fewer First Party Games

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Last week we talked about how Sony’s Andrew House was positioning the Playstation Vita as an “extender of the Playstation 4,” and how that was a bad thing. Most Playstation Vita owners that commented were in agreement with my statement, and yet things may be getting a bit worse for Vita fans.

It seems like the rabbit hole is a bit deeper than we thought, if Sony worldwide studios boss Shuhei Yoshida’s recent interview with Polygon is anything to go by. The interview was mostly focused on Sony’s embrace of indies, and it’s shepherding of both indies and third parties as of late.

However, the interview took a bit of a turn when Polygon’s Brian Crecente asked if the Vita would be getting fewer first party games, to which Shu responded with:

“I would say, yes, that’s correct.”

I’m going to assume that his PR handlers urged the interview to move forward, as that line of conversation was quickly dropped, and the interview moved onto how third parties are bringing their games to the platform.

But what about Sony’s first and second party studios? Have they all really moved on to the Playstation 4? I think Playstation Vita owners deserve an answer.

Despite seeing some truly awesome looking exclusive games coming to the platform, Sony’s decision to localize titles like Freedom Wars, Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, and Soul Sacrifice Delta came a ways off the games’ original reveals.

Sony seems like they’re in between a rock and a hard place in the sense of which platform they should dedicate more resources and development teams to – the PS4 or the Vita? Nintendo has been in a similar predicament, where some people say the Wii U’s biggest rival is … the Nintendo 3DS.

Lastly, one of the most memorable and beloved games in recent memory (for me at least) – Gravity Rush, is getting a sequel, and yet we’ve heard practically nothing since its original teaser trailer was revealed. Has that game been lost into oblivion, or worse yet, is it being re-purposed into a console game?

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  1. RealGamerNewz
    June 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    It’s sad but I agree with Sony’s decision on this. You can’t just keep throwing money at something and expecting it to work out. There comes a certain time when they have to focus on the audience that is making them money.

    The VITA owners are amazing crowd of gamers because they were willing to recognize excellence in design and pick up the most high-tech handheld of all time. But, unfortunately that doesn’t make it a financial success.

    For Sony to treat it as an equal platform to the PS4 which has sold almost 10x as many units in barely no time at all would be financial suicide. I feel your pain VITA owners, but there’s no denying the system is amazing; albeit, “done” by all purposeful meanings of the word.

  2. Sergio Guarino
    Sergio Guarino
    June 20, 2014 at 4:45 am

    The Vita has (not so) slowly become an indie/PS4 extension. Personally i found it very uncofortable in remote play for some games because of the lack of l2/r2 buttons…

  3. Game Guy
    Game Guy
    January 4, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    I’m still glad that thrid parties haven’t abandoned vita. Frankly first party games never defined play station systems (though Gravity Rush, Freedom Wars, and Soul Sacrifice have definitely become quite definitive), so even though it sucks Sony itself now cares little for the system, we’ll still have lots of great stuff to play on it