Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NecroDancer Rises from the Crypt Soon

Brace Yourself Games has confirmed that Crypt of the NecroDancer will hit Vita (and PS4) on Feb. 2, 2016. This rhythmic dungeon crawler has been a cult hit on PC, and it's exciting to finally get to play this on the go. While the Vita version doesn't get the dance pad support, the game will be cross buy, so #TeamHandheld fans will also get the PS4 version to bust a move on as well.

For now, check out the console launch trailer below and get your groove on. Hopefully price details will be available soon.

Friday, December 11, 2015

TowerFall Drops onto Vita

TowerFall Ascension is finally landing on Vita on Dec. 15 and will be cross buy with the PS4 release. The Dark World expansion will also be releasing alongside the main game. TowerFall Ascension will run $14.99 and the Dark World will be $9.99.

Since TowerFall is a primarily a co-op focused experience, Vita owners will be able to do ad hoc multiplayer over local area WiFi. Cross save support will not be in at launch, but will be coming shortly after.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Vita Went Nuclear at PSX

In a surprise announcement this past Saturday at the 2015 PlayStation Experience, it was revealed that Vlambeer's post-apocalyptic shooter with roguelike-like elements, Nuclear Throne, would be released that day. The Vita version is now live, so if you're interested in checking it out, here's some media for the game.

The Revolution Has Been Delayed

In case you hadn't noticed, Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution 2 Plus did not release on Dec. 3 as previously reported. The game has been delayed slightly to Jan. 26 in both North America and Europe.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trip to Vita

The 2.5D Assassin's Creed multi-part adventure from Climax Studios and Ubisoft Montreal is coming to Vita as the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trilogy Pack. This three part collection includes the already released Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China along with the upcoming episodes for Russia and India. The Vita release will be April 5, and while the console versions are getting retail releases, there's no word on a physical one for Vita yet. I'll update you if I hear back.

Update: A rep from Ubisoft confirmed that the Vita version will also be available at retail when it hits in April.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

E3 2015 Vita Reel - Check In

If you were looking closely on social media during E3 2015, you might have seen talk about a trailer from PlayStation New Zealand that was highlighting upcoming Vita games. Here we are over five months later, so let's check in to see what's up with each of the games shown in the trailer. 

Green means the title has launched.
Yellow mean the developer/publisher has confirmed that the game is still coming.
Orange means this Vita version is in limbo, there is reason to be worried, or there have been no updates.
Red means the game has been officially cancelled or was never officially confirmed.

Footage Shown in Trailer

Severed - DrinkBox Studios is still working on Severed, but there is no official word on the release date.
Persona 4 Dancing All Night - Atlus USA released this already, and it is great.
forma.8 - Mixed Bag is still hard at work on this one, so it's just a matter of time.
Gunship X - No word from the devs at all on this one.
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend - Aksys launched this one not too long after E3.
Pocket God vs Desert Ashes - Nine Tales released this one recently.
Xeodrifter - Renegade Kid's port of Xeodrifter made it out with no issues.
Lost Dimension - There were no problems with this Atlus release.
Superbeat XoNiC - No hiccups on this first release from acttil and PM Studios.
Mighty No. 9 - This one has been delayed to 2016, but who knows what's going on with the handheld versions after Abstraction escaped.
J-Stars Victory Vs+ - This Bandai Namco fighter hit right on time.
Saturday Morning RPG - Mighty Rabbit is lined up for an early 2016 release, complete with a physical edition from their Limited Run Games brand.
Roundabout - The latest word from No Goblin is that the Vita version of this will hit in early 2016.
Super Time Force Ultra - This not only launched, but was available as a PS+ freebie.

Only a Logo Shown

Amnesia: Memories - Idea Factory International launched this as planned.
Ar nosurge Plus: Ode to an Unborn Star - Koei Tecmo released this one as scheduled, and NISA even offered a Limited Edition.
Chromophore: The Two Brothers Director's Cut - Very little has been mentioned on this one, but Ackk has apparently run into "issues" that must be addressed before it can be released.
Corpse Party: Blood Drive - This XSEED release hit with no issues.
Cosmic Star Heroine - Still very much coming to Vita, but no word on a release date.
Crossing Souls - The game is still in progress for a 2016 release, but no specifics on the Vita version have been mentioned.
Darkest Dungeon - Planned for an early 2016 release on Vita and PS4.
Day of the Tentacle Remastered - Double Fine had no issues with Broken Age and Grim Fandango on Vita, so hopefully this will be no problem. Double Fine confirmed as such.
Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess - This game hit not long after E3.
Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders From Planet Space - XSEED recently revealed an early December release date for this one.
Foul Play - Odd one here, as this was up on PSN and then was pulled down. Devs say that it should be up again soon, but no ETA.
Hatoful Boyfriend - This game flew the coup right on time with no problems.
Heart Forth, Alicia - Still a work-in-progress, but no worrying info on the Vita version.
Heroes of Loot - No problems with this launch.
Hyper Light Drifter - Still planning on a Vita version.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re:Birth 3: V Century - Idea Factory Int had no issues with this release.
Kitten Squad - The PS4 release came and went with no sight of a Vita version, so I'm calling this dead.
LEGO Jurassic Park - No dinosaurs were harmed by the release of this game.
LEGO Marvel's Avengers - This one is up for pre-order with an early 2016 release listed.
Nuclear Throne - Vlambeer recently did a write-up on the game and confirmed the Vita version is still incoming.
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee New 'n' Tasty - The devs recently mentioned showing off the Vita version to The Vita Lounge, so we're looking good here.
One Way Trip - There have been no platform specific details lately, but the devs are still hard at work on this one.
Ray's the Dead - I reached out to the dev to see how the Vita version was coming along and was assured it's a priority.
Ronin - This is out on Steam, but no word on the Vita version at all.
Samurai Warriors 4-II - No issues with this launch.
Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3 - This one hit with no problems.
Senran Kagura: Estival Versus - Still on the way from XSEED.
Skullgirls 2nd Encore - Vita version was more work than expected, but it's still on the way.
Squares - Launched without a hitch.
Starlit Adventures - The mobile versions launched, but the devs say that it will not hit Vita this year.
SteamWorld Heist - It's hitting 3DS first, but is still planned for all other platforms.
Telltale's Game of Thrones - Outside of this video, there is nothing to confirm this is actually coming to Vita.
Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode - While it's yet to happen, Telltale did confirm that this would eventually hit Vita.
Telltale's Tales from the Borderlands - Other than this video, PEGI ratings, and a single ESRB rating, there's nothing official about this coming to Vita.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel - Still coming from XSEED.
Volume - The delayed Vita version is still on the way, but no ETA.
YIIK - This one is still happening, and I hear a release date announcement might not be far off.

That's the full breakdown of the secret Sizzle Reel listing. This doesn't even take into account other MIA games like Bastion, The Banner Saga, Not a Hero, and Axiom Verge. At least there aren't many games like Galak-Z and Broforce that we have to move into the cancelled category, so there is still hope for the orange games.

Retro City Rampage Sequel Revealed

Today, Vblank Entertainment revealed Shakedown Hawaii, an upgraded follow-up to Retro City Rampage. This title, which will be released on Vita and 3DS (along with other consoles), takes place over thirty years after Retro City Rampage. The title character, The Player, returns to once again destroy everything and everyone in sight, but now in a 16-bit style.

Check out the reveal trailer below along with some new screens. As a fan of Retro City Rampage DX (and owner of two physical copies of it), I'm excited to see what's new this time around. Hopefully fewer stages based on Smash TV, as those were painful.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Teslagrad Drops Tomorrow

Teslagrad from Rain Game is hitting Vita on Nov. 24 in North America and Nov. 27 in Europe, but that's not all. Certain retailers will also be carrying a limited physical edition that should hit around that day as well. For those who have already purchased Teslagrad on PSN, crossbuy for the Vita version should activate at launch as well.