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Shuhei Yoshida Laments Limited Third-Party Vita Support

Posted by Sammy Barker

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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.


User Comments (6)



dirtyplastic said:

More than happy with the vita line up .....

Strangers wrath,
monkey ball,
jet set radio,
soul sacrifice
need for speed

so not all doom and gloom, The upcoming games for vita, have me more excited than the 3ds one( I love 3ds)



hYdeks said:

I just bought my vita and I think it's a great system, I actually traded my 3DS for it



JavierYHL said:

pity i like rpgs like monster hunter,final fantasy,dragon quest,kingdom hearts,skyrim or mass effect...hopefully there will be 1 soon....



Stuffgamer1 said:

@JavierYHL: Dunno about where you live, but Ragnarok Odyssey releases in America in a couple of weeks...that's an action-RPG. Looking forward to that one.

I noticed that after some months with nothing to get for Vita, the software is suddenly coming out of the woodwork. In the course of a single month (in day count, not calendar) I get LBP Vita, New Little King's Story, Ragnarok Odyssey, AND Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward. Even if New Little King's Story isn't available at retail, the others still come to double my retail Vita game collection. Nice to have some new games to use this thing for.



Ginkgo said:

Although it hasn't exploded onto the scene, I think that Vita has done enough to hang around. It is not going away. As more and more content comes and the price drops (inevitable) , sales will build and the virtuous circle will really start in earnest. We have already seen 2 big spikes in Japan sales as certain games were released.
The hardware is good enough that it has many years of life ahead of it. Sony is clearly taking a long view, and not panicking.

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