Shuhei Yoshida, Worldwide Studios President, has confirmed that none of Sony’s first party studios are working on PS Vita games.
Talking to IGN, Yoshida said “To be honest, I wouldn’t say we will have big AAA Vita games from first party.”
This isn’t to say that third party support has come to a halt. He added “yesterday, Square Enix announced the new World of Final Fantasy. That’s coming on PS Vita as well. And as you know and as I know, there are great games that come out digitally on PS Vita that are typically cross-platform with PS4. Volume is coming out soon and Super Time Force Ultra.”
“There’s no lack of great games you can play on PS Vita and PS4. You can play at home on PS4 and continue on with cloud save on PS Vita.”
Yoshida explained that the absence of the handheld at Sony’s press conference was down to time constraints – the AAA content being showcased didn’t leave time for smaller titles and Vita games.
“Instead of spending lots of money making big Killzone games on Vita, those large studios are focusing on PS4,” he added. “But we know that the smaller games work very well on PS Vita because it doesn’t require that PS4 tech to make the game fun.”
The majority of my Vita games are third party, so this news isn’t terrible -or unexpected. For those who are going to miss first party titles, feel free to share your Vita recommendations to help them out. If you haven’t already played Persona 4 Golden, you’re doing life wrong.