According to an Official PlayStation Magazine interview with the brutally honest Shuhei Yoshida, Sony is struggling to secure third-party support for the PlayStation Vita. The system's sales have stumbled since release – a factor which may be contributing to the uncertainty.

“We’re having a more difficult time than we had anticipated in terms of getting support from third-party publishers, but that’s our job,” the Worldwide Studios gaffer explained. “We will continue to talk to development communities and publishing partners and tell them why Vita can provide a great experience for the IPs they have.”

It’s unclear how bad the situation is behind the scenes, but, regardless, Sony has two of the largest third-party brands lined up for Vita this Christmas. Exclusive entries in both the Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty franchises are set to debut on the system later this year. While the latter has been shrouded in mystery ever since its official unveiling at E3 in June, it’s hard to argue with the selling potential of the series.

Hopefully both titles post large enough numbers to resolve any hesitations third-party publishers are currently harbouring for the handheld.

[via thesilentchief.com]