9 games Sony needs to sell more PS Vitas

  • Posted July 9th, 2012 at 20:45 EDT by Adam Dolge

We’ve had several months to play with the PS Vita, and while we couldn’t be happier with Sony’s latest handheld device, it’s hard to ignore the relatively slow pace of new game releases. We loved Gravity Rush—and would love to argue why it’s the game to own on Vita—and we even loved the wide assortment of launch games. You don’t have to look far to find folks on the internet complaining about the lack of games, even proclaiming (after less than six months since its release outside of Japan) that Vita is a flop. But anyone who had spent a fair amount of time with their Vita knows it’s a fantastic piece of hardware with a ton of potential.

There are plenty of people out there waiting for their favorite franchises to make an appearance on Vita before they commit to a $249-$299 USD purchase. Sony Computer Entertainment has a goal of selling 10 million PS Vitas by the end of its fiscal year—March 2013. With just over 1.8 million Vitas sold thus far—even though sales numbers have picked up in recent weeks—SCE certainly has some work to do before popping the champagne corks. But Sony has some aces up its sleeve.

Great games will help push Vita sales, and there are a number of titles from big franchises coming soon to Sony’s handheld platform. A properly executed Assassin’s Creed or Call of Duty installment will spark interest, especially for punters on the fence. But what about other big franchises like Grand Theft Auto, Monster Hunter, The Elder Scrolls, even Madden?

PSU has decided to take a look at games and franchises that will help sell more Vitas. Some of these games and franchises we already know are coming out, while others have been speculated on in recent months, and still, others are only our (and our community’s) secret desires. Let’s have a look at the games that will help Sony sell more Vitas, and don’t forget to join the conversation with our community.

The Elder Scrolls

A lot of PlayStation 3 owners have a love-hate relationship with Bethesda, especially after the debilitating bugs in the PS3 version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, not to mention the timed Xbox-exclusive expansion, Dawnguard. But Vita desperately needs a great role-playing game—actually, it needs several RPGs. Imagine a sprawling open-world action-RPG on-the-go. Imagine digging deeper into The Elder Scrolls universe, discovering new cities and towns, exploring dungeons, fighting dragons, crafting gear, and joining guilds. As is the case with many of the other entries on this list, the likelihood that Bethesda will invest substantial money into developing a game exclusively for Vita is quite thin. For Bethesda, that likelihood is even less since a team from the studio is now working on an MMO set in The Elder Scrolls universe. Still, if we see a sixth installment in the franchise, we hope Vita gets some attention. The buzz alone from an Elder Scrolls on Vita would surely be enough to sell a ton of units.

Borderlands 2
This one isn’t even a stretch. Gearbox Software’s Randy Pitchford has even said he’s interested in the idea of a Vita version of Borderlands 2, and the ability to share characters with the PlayStation 3 version. However, Gearbox doesn’t have plans to develop the Vita version. Fans have even created a petition demanding a Vita version of Borderlands 2. We’ve spent some time with Borderlands 2 and we think it’s a big improvement from the original. But just like Bethesda will likely not invest money into Vita yet, Gearbox is probably not interested in dropping funds into Sony’s new handheld. But is the solution simply to request Sony, or another developer, take the steering wheel for a Vita version? While we can certainly understand tight budget (who can’t these days?), this simply means a lot of those big franchises we want on Vita will likely not happen ... (continued on next page)

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