For hardcore gamers, this latest Sony-exclusive may be barking up the wrong tree, though will certainly help broaden the appeal of its punchy little handheld.
PlayStation Vita Pets is set to launch next year and comes from Sprial House, the same team behind launch title, Cliff Diving. Based in Liverpool, the studio has worked on a number of recent PlayStation hits, including WipEout, LittleBigPlanet, and MotorStorm.
Pets unavoidably shares a lot in common with NDS favourite, Nintendogs. Selecting one of four puppies, you will nurture them and lead them a plethora of activities while serving their everyday needs such as feeding/bathing.
However, the one thing that sets it apart from Nintendogs is the focus on adventuring. As fans of Nintendo’s pet sim will agree, there’s a undeniable novelty to raising your own virtual pup but in Nintendogs there wasn’t really anything to do outside the mundane list of chores.
PlayStation Vita Pets, on the other hand, will allow players to explore Castlewood Island, an expansive locale dotted with plenty of landmarks to explore. The four puppies available will also have their own characteristics and can even talk.
Spiral has confirmed that Pets will be present at this year’s Gamescom. Though only in demo form, it should still give Stefan enough time to get into bother with the RSPCA.