Rumor: Japanese Vita developers jumping ship - Sony responds

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Here's the article from the link rad posted:
The PlayStation Vita isn't even fully available worldwide yet, and Japan's Nikkei newspaper is already reporting its demise. Specifically, an anonymous source from the Japanese game industry told the paper that Japanese companies are abandoning their Vita projects in favor of developing for the 3DS. It's true that the 3DS has been routinely outselling the Vita in Japan (as has the aging PSP), but Sony's VP of Worldwide Studios Scott Rohde isn't buying into the panic.

Rohde told Gamasutra that "extremist quotes like that" aren't uncommon with a new product. Rohde believes the Nikkei story is exaggerated, noting that "there is no way anyone could stand in front of a camera and say that all developers are changing focus from one platform to another, no matter what it is." Indeed, it wasn't too long ago that many were writing eulogies for the 3DS, which has since gone on to sell 15 million units (although it wasn't able to prevent losses for Nintendo).

We're inclined to agree with Rohde, as it only makes sense that publishers would probably wait to judge the worldwide impact of the Vita before abandoning it entirely.
Source: Nikkei, Gamasutra
 
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Didn't they say something similar about the PS3 a couple years ago? I remember hearing stories about developers saying the hardware was too 'tricky' to work with so a lot of them were going to switch to other platforms, albeit this is to do with current sales success.


I think there's too much potential for the vita for developers to switch just like that
 
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After seeing what Bend Studio did with Golden Abyss, I have no doubts that the Vita will have a very long life.
 
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[QUOTE="Lethal_NFS, post: 5772214]After seeing what Bend Studio did with Golden Abyss, I have no doubts that the Vita will have a very long life.[/QUOTE]

I think that's the exception rather than the rule though. How well do you think the game would have been if Bend would have started from scratch and not used all those assets from ND?
 
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I saw 3ds in media markt,3d was ok but i got dizzy after 1 min,and i have an active shutter 3d tv that doesn't bother me one bit...I fail to see what they like from this handheld.The developers that is.
 
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[QUOTE="mooninites, post: 5772226]Here we go with the DOOMED!!! Stuff again. Didn't the say this about the 3DS? What a failure that handheld has become.

~~Holy crap I'm Tapatalking[/QUOTE]

No no, the 3ds is doing fine, after a 32% cut.
 

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[QUOTE="Thorzilla, post: 5772281]Hey, I'm feeling young today. It's like 2006 all over again! :snicker[/QUOTE]

I know right......didn't the PS3 have the same article at about the same time, shit even the PSP did
looks like the hate is still alive and well.
 
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[QUOTE="R3D D3V!L, post: 5772310]Yeah because the same thing wasn't said about the 3DS was it?[/QUOTE]
Well, we won't know how it would have went down if the 3ds would have stayed at the much higher price... once they dropped the price, the sales started increasing dramatically.
 

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[QUOTE="F34R, post: 5772219]I think that's the exception rather than the rule though. How well do you think the game would have been if Bend would have started from scratch and not used all those assets from ND?[/QUOTE]

Does it really matter? We know what the Vita is capable of no matter where the codes and assets come from.

There will always be bad games. PS3 has some of the shittiest games ever made. It also has some of the best. No different than the Vita. It is very powerful and capable of great games.
 
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[QUOTE="Lethal_NFS, post: 5772350]Does it really matter? We know what the Vita is capable of no matter where the codes and assets come from.

There will always be bad games. PS3 has some of the shittiest games ever made. It also has some of the best. No different than the Vita. It is very powerful and capable of great games.[/QUOTE]
Well, it matters based on the context of your post. ;) Not everyone is going to have ND giving them their PS3 assets. ;)