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Why Isn't Resident Evil: Revelations Stumbling onto the Vita?

Posted by Sammy Barker

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Given the title’s origins on the Nintendo 3DS, it always seemed likely that Resident Evil: Revelations would infect the PlayStation Vita at some point in the future. But despite announcing the eerie adventure for a slew of home consoles earlier this week, publisher Capcom failed to even acknowledge Sony’s struggling handheld. Why is that?

“When we were developing Revelations for new platforms we really wanted to hone in on the experience you get with a large format screen,” product manager Mike Lunn explained on the PlayStation Blog. “This type of setup really helps players get sucked into the horror vibe and enjoy the game to its fullest extent.”

Sadly, Lunn’s other comments weren’t quite as convincing: “Developing games for [the 3DS and Vita] are extremely different beasts,” he added. “Even just the screens, as you mention, are completely different resolutions.” So are televisions.

Reading between the lines, it's clear that Resident Evil: Revelations isn't coming to the Vita because of the system's current commercial climate. At the end of the day, bringing the title to the PlayStation 3 (and other consoles) will net the publisher a much greater return on its investment. That's fine – we just wished that the company would be more upfront about it.


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User Comments (24)



Savino said:

Lame excuses are lame!!!!

They are forbidden to tell the truth?! Or just being polite to sony?!



belmont said:

The excuses are lame.

Of course it could also be that there is some kind of agreement with Nintendo for the title not to appear in the rival handheld.

However there is a comment in US blog that I sort of agree with:

[Will get it for PS3, great news but where is the Vita version? Is it next to Resident Evil Portable, Devil May Cry PSP and Monster Hunter 4 Vita?]



hYdeks said:

The 3DS and vita are completely different beasts, but not making a vita version of this game is kinda moronic This game on vita would have gotten alot of sales on a Sony system.



irken004 said:

Yeah because a horror game looks so much better on a smaller 3D screen and not a 5 inch OLED one



Gamer83 said:

Capcom just has zero interest in the Vita, which is fine I can understand why, just come out and say it already though, that way at least loyal fans won't have to keep hoping for things that will never happen. It truly does disgust me how this company treats its fans particularly those who prefer PlayStation. That is the fanbase that helped RE become one of the biggest franchises in the industry.



3Above said:

If the the whole “This type of setup really helps players get sucked into the horror vibe and enjoy the game to its fullest extent.” were true, why did you make the game on 3ds in the 1st place? Its obvious that it didnt make as much money on 3ds as capcom would have liked hence porting it to everything else and the high price tag. I have no faith in them at this point.



3Above said:

@Gamer83 True, alot of devs seem to have forgoten who helped them get where they are. Instead of being loyal and showing love to the fans who bought your game when no one knew what it was and when there were rival games on other systems ( especially during the ps1 era ) they go chasing after the fickle mobile crowd hoping to make a quick buck off poorly designed apps. All the while snubbing the fans that made them great. Its shameful really.



Gamer83 said:

I've posted this before but I truly believe it, Capcom has been a complete mess this entire generation. Street Fighter IV, RE Revelations, Dragon's Dogma and the new DmC are its only great games, RE 5 and 6 were pretty good at best (though the majority would say both are crap) and everything else has been meh. The company needs some serious changes at the top. Get some real gaming people in there, people who care about putting out good products in addition to making money.



Gamer83 said:


What bothers me is the total lack of honesty. In the current climate I get why developers make some of the decisions they do just be upfront about it. Lame excuses and vague answers like what is provided here doesn't do anybody any good.



3Above said:

@Gamer83 I think part of the motivation to hide their true motives is that they dont wish to upset a fanbase that they intend to milk money from later on. "Dont piss off PS fans casue next gen is coming and we want them to buy our new games," And they are Japanese and very concerned about appearances.



rjejr said:

"just wished that the company would be more upfront about it."

I've been wishing this about every company ever my entire adult life and it's hasn't happened yet. The Mitt Romney 47% video is as close as I've gotten.



Ps4all said:

This is disappointing. Capcom used to be my favoritedeveloper in the 80's and 90's. Now they seem so greedy. Thank god Keiji Inafune left. Now vita gamers at least get soul sacrifice.



Kayoss said:

I think Nintendo and Capcom have an agreement that monster hunter games will not be on any other handheld device for 3 years. When the contract began? that im unsure of but im pretty sure that it covers monster hunter 4.I believe that Monster hunter 4 will ported to the vita in 2014...wishful thinking i guess.
I have to agree with everyone... Its a lame excuse should be straight forward and tell everyone that Capcom is Nintendo's little pet and that Nintendo got them wrapped up so tight around their fingers.



Squiggle55 said:

Capcom needs to rethink their PR, at the very least. Poor decisions accompanied by equally poor, intelligence-insulting PR damage control has led me to really think negatively about them, not to mention their position on price-gouging on-disc DLC. They have seriously damaged their image in many ways.



Paranoimia said:

I've only just read this article, but wrote basically the same thing on my blog a few hours ago. Utter bullshit from the PR guys.



Kage_88 said:

Actually, when RE: Revelations was first released, I thought it would inevitabley arrive on the PS Vita.

Pretty strange it's not, considering it's coming to every other format under the sun. I guess it's simply because of the Vita's struggling sales.

Oh well. At least it'll be on PS3.



Alpha said:

@Gamer83 right? it definittly sucks the way capcom has been going about things latley, they need to step there game up soon.



Alpha said:

@Gamer83 dont forget Asura's Wrath. Bad ass game. but i hated how you had to shell out an extra $7 for just the ending of the game. its BullS***. DLC is good if it adds to the experiance but if its to either finish the game or fix it, then its just ridiculous.

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