Sony Admits Third-Party Support For Vita Is Lower Than Expected
The PlayStation Vita hasn't done as well as expected, although Sony claims sales are in line with internal projections.
One of the biggest problems facing the new portable is the lack of third-party support, which Sony expected to be better. In speaking to Gamasutra, president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida said the company was "disappointed" to see that not as many third-parties are making games for the Vita.
"One thing that was surprising and disappointing to us was the [lower] number of third parties to come out [in support] after launch. 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.
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."
Yes, times are changing. But Yoshida says if they can expand the user base and explain to developers what seems to work really well on the Vita, things will get rolling at a faster clip. For now, they'll rely on heavy exclusives and big-name franchise entries, such as Assassin's Creed III: Liberation and Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified. Also, don't forget about the very best Vita offering to date: LittleBigPlanet Vita. Got it yet?
9/29/2012 10:53:58 AM Ben Dutka