According to the ever reliable Wikipedia there are 72 games either released or in production for the PlayStation Vita. Some of them have vanished, some of them have had their release date moved and a couple don’t even exist yet (looking at you, Bioshock).
So, we have scoured the planet to try and locate some of the Vita games that have gone AWOL, starting with the rather curious but completely off the radar Broken:
Broken – Status: Missing In Action
A trailer for this game appeared when the Vita was still named the NGP so it’s been missing in action for rather a long time. The hive mind of the internet seems to think the game was to be developed and released by Sony but when we contacted them they said it was not on their books.
TAG – Status: Work In Progress
TAG looks like a rather fun augmented reality game, well, fun for those of us in large cities with plenty of Vita gamers, those of you living out in the wild lands of the countryside are unlikely to find a tag on a passing cow.
The good news from Sony when we asked them about the game is that the title is still in development and will be released at some point in the future.
Doctor Who – Status: Missing In Action
The Doctor was due to materialise on PlayStation Vita on June 13th, three weeks after the PS3 version. June 13th came and went without a release, but instead we got a statement from BBC Worldwide, ‘The Vita version is undergoing additional testing and will be slightly delayed to ensure we deliver the best version for Doctor Who fans.
Three months later and the Doc seems to have been trapped in a temporal schism and is nowhere to be found. We contacted both the BBC and developers, Supermassive Games, but neither has responded at the time of publication.
The PS3 version (which the trailer above is for) was criticised for numerous technical problems but has recently received a patch that ‘addresses bugs, AI issues and adds new save locations.’
Final Fantasy X HD – Status: Work In Progress
Announced at the 2011 Tokyo game show the game was originally slated for a 2012 release to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Final Fantasy X.
You will be totally unsurprised to hear that like most Final Fantasy games it has been delayed. In July the director of Final Fantasy XIII-2, Motomu Toriyama, told Famitsu, “Regarding HD conversions, there is a lot to look into, so please wait a bit more.”
We dutifully contacted Square Enix for an update on the game but received the standard ‘not talking about it at this time’ response.
Oddworld: Strangers Wrath – Status: Work In Progress
Good news from Oddworld, ‘We’re still working on Stranger’s Wrath HD for Vita,’ said a lovely chap from Just Add Water, ‘We’ve got our heads down and want to deliver the best game we can. We recently started QA on the title, and expect to be finished within the month.’
The trailer above is for the PS3 version.
Silent Hill Book Of Memories – Status: Due for release October 2012
Since then we’ve seen a new trailer for E3 and a bunch of screenshots published for Gamescom so it looks like the game is on track for launch next month.
Spy Hunter – Status: Due for release 30th October
“Spy Hunter is back in action and ready for a new era!” exclaims the text on YouTube, ‘Jump behind the wheel of the infamous G-6155 Interceptor Supercar and take on your most dangerous mission yet – on Land, over Water and Off-Road.’
To be fair this game has never really been missing, it’s just never really been on anybody’s radar. There’s probably a reason for that.
Putty Squad– Status: Due for release October 2012
This game has been on my radar since it was announced, a HD remake of the glorious Amiga original. The release date has been slipping and is now set for October but the team have been making good use of the time.
The Vita version was to be a straight port of the PS3 version but now will come with a host of extra content. Online leader boards, Time trials, regular DLC, a touch screen map mode and location based services which unlock exclusive levels have been promised.
The final release date for the game has yet to be confirmed, we contacted System 3 for an update but have yet to receive a reply.
Malicious Rebirth – Status: Unknown
This game has been released on PS3 in Japan, Europe and North America. Malcious Rebirth (as it is known) for PlayStation Vita will be playable at the upcoming Tokyo game show and is scheduled for release in Japan this year.
No announcement has been made concerning a western release but considering Sony published the PS3 game in Europe then it’s possible we will get the Vita version as well.
Soul Sacrifice – Staus: Delayed
Created by ex-Capcom chappy Keiji Inafune the game was meant to be out this year but recently he took to the stage at TGS to announce his team ‘need more time’.
The game is now scheduled for a Spring 2013 release, along with every other game in the entire universe, which is a bit of a shame.
Did we miss any?