Gamescom 2012: PS Vita is Still Alive and Well
Written by Micah Messer
PS Vita launched in North America about 6 months back with a pretty solid software launch lineup. Since that launch date, however, we haven’t gotten much of anything in terms of new games. Vita has also suffered from poor hardware sales, probably due to lack of games. The problem is, who is gonna want to develop games for a platform that has poor hardware sales? It’s a vicious cycle, and one that the Vita has been stuck in for nearly 6 months.
Everybody thought that this year’s E3 was gonna be Sony’s chance to talk about what they’re doing to improve upon Vita’s sales and software lineup. However, the Vita seemed like more of an afterthought at the show. Other than showing a new game or two and announcing a new bundle, the Vita was almost completely ignored. Thankfully, Sony heard our concerns. At their Gamecom 2012 press conference, PS Vita was the star of the show.
Sony showed a variety of games for Vita, including some brand new titles and some previously-announced ones. We already knew about LittleBigPlanet Vita, Assassin’s Creed Liberation and Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified, but they had very strong showings at the conference. They also announced a Vita bundle for Call of Duty, which will help with getting some of the COD gamers to pick up the system.
Check out the trailers that were shown during the conference.
Now, for the brand new games. LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule took the stage to announce their new IP called Tearaway, coming exclusively to PS Vita. Guerrilla game also came out of their period of silence to announce a new Killzone game being developed specifically for PS Vita called Killzone: Mercenary. This is exactly what the Vita needed – some 1st party support.
Here are the trailers for the two new 1st party games.
Sony also announced Cross Buy, a system they seemed to have started with Sound Shapes. The idea of Cross Buy is that if you buy a PS3 game that has a Vita version, you get both versions of the game for one purchase. In addition to announcing 4 new All-stars, Playstation All-stars Battle Royale has been confirmed to support Cross Buy. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time and Ratchet and Clank: Full Frontal Assault have also been confirmed to support Cross Buy. Lets hope this trend continues, because I think it’s a fantastic system. Buy the PS3 version of a game and get the Vita version for free, or vice versa.
The Four New All-stars.
The last bit of Vita news to come out of Gamescom was the fact that PS Plus was coming to Vita, as well as PSone Classics. PS Plus support for Vita is pretty awesome, as it will allow gamers to get their hands on some of the great new games coming to the platform at a reduced cost, or even for free. Also, PSone Classics will undoubtedly give people more of a reason to carry their Vita around with them everyday. There are tons of great games from the PSone, and having them on a portable system is awesome.
Gamescom 2012 is exactly what the Vita needed. I think Sony proved that it has what it takes to get the Vita back on track.