Vita's Liberation May Not Fly So High
At first, I thought it was a fine idea. I think a lot of people did.
Assassin's Creed III is one of the biggest video games of the year, and the PlayStation Vita desperately needs top-notch AAA software. It could also use some recognizable franchise names. Familiarity sells.
On the surface, it seemed that Assassin's Creed III: Liberation would serve multiple positive purposes. It would bring the extremely popular AC brand to Sony's new portable, it represented a completely standalone adventure tied to the blockbuster ACIII for consoles, and it would give holiday shoppers a reason to go, "Hm, this Vita thing might be a decent buy." After all, given the unit's prodigious capabilities, one would have to assume that Liberation will be a game-changer in the world of handheld entertainment.
But the more I think about it, the more I think the Vita iteration will simply be overshadowed and lost in the crowd. Yeah, millions will buy ACIII but are they really spending a chunk more to get the Vita installment, especially when ACIII is plenty big enough? Let's also not forget that the competition is extraordinarily stiff this time of year, as gamers seek to create priority lists. Even for Vita owners, I'm not sure where Liberation falls on those lists. It would make perfect sense that Vita owners would want the title, as it's probably the most promising Vita offering to date. On the other hand, time and money are always an issue.
So what do you think? Will Assassin's Creed III: Liberation be a boon for the Vita or will it be a disappointment sales-wise?
10/26/2012 Ben Dutka