For the amount of stick the PlayStation Vita gets regarding its upcoming software line-up, there’s actually a lot of content to look forward to. Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified and Street Fighter X Tekken are all on the way before Christmas, with Killzone: Mercenary and Tearaway pledged for next year. It’s not a bad schedule by any stretch of the imagination.
Still, in an interview with Gamasutra, Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has admitted that he’s still displeased by the lack of third-party support for the platform. "One thing that was surprising and disappointing to us was the [lower] number of third parties to come out [in support] after launch,” he noted.
“In retrospect, there are so many options for publishers now that we cannot take it for granted that our new platform would be supported by third parties, like [it would've been] many years ago."
One of those alternative options is the smartphone and tablet market, which Yoshida admits is a threat to the Vita. "There are limited resources that third party publishers have, and they have to diversify into new areas constantly; that's a challenge to get the support that we want.
"We've been working harder with our third party relations department to secure more content for Vita. We are confident that we have the right hardware platform that we have with Vita."
However, Yoshida believes that as Sony "define" the Vita’s market, the third-party studios will come. "As we can expand our install base and articulate what works really well on the platform as compared to others, it will get easier for us to be able get support from third parties," he concluded.
In the meantime, it’s not all doom and gloom – there really is a lot to look forward to, regardless of the cynicism unfairly surrounding the platform.