Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: PS Vita

Slimmer PS Vita coming to North America in Borderlands 2 bundle

PS Vita (System) 2000 Model Announcement - Set

The slimmer, OLED-less model of the PS Vita released last October in Japan will be making its way to North America this spring. The PCH-2000 series has 1 GB of internal memory, an additional hour of battery life, and is also around 20 percent slimmer and 15 percent lighter than the model currently for sale. The unit will be sold alongside Borderlands 2 (with six DLC packs) and an 8 GB memory card as part of the $199.99 Borderlands 2 Limited Edition Bundle.

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Aksys announces PS Vita version of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma

BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma (PS3, PS Vita) PS Vita Announcement - Screenshot 1

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma will be making the transition from PS3 to PS Vita this summer. The handheld version will follow its console counterpart, which is set to be released on March 25, and include all of the characters from the original release as well as five new characters, two DLC characters, a summary of events from Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift, a new beach-themed storyline, and a revamped Story Mode.

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NIS goes screenshot happy for Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

DanganRonpa Trigger Happy Havoc (PS Vita) Jan Media Announcement - Screenshot 1

With its ship date less than a month away, NIS America has released new screens from their upcoming their investigative mystery title Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. The new shots reveal more of the questioning process that players will have to undertake in order to find out the masked culprit behind the latest killing at Hope’s Peak Academy. If they don’t discover who the creepy-looking bear is in time, no one will escape the school alive (dun dun duuunnn!).

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Idea Factory releases statement about Monster Monpiece’s changes

Monster Monpiece (PS Vita) IF Statement - Screenshot 1

Following their announcement yesterday that Monster Monpiece will be coming to North America later this year with a few alterations, Idea Factory has released a statement to address concerns regarding the changes. The full statement is available below, plus a few new screens.

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PlayStation Vita News

Idea Factory bringing Monster Monpiece to North America

Monster Monpiece (PS Vita) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Idea Factory has announced that they will be bringing their first PS Vita title to North America, Monster Monpiece. Set for a PSN release this spring, the game is a mixture of card battling and light role-playing elements that tasks players with tracking down a friend who has become “Lost” and leader to a group of creatures known as “monster girls.” As her best friend, May, players must stop Elza and her gang from stealing the protective quartz housed within the world’s cities. The cards are represented by 3D chibi characters, and there are over 100 monster girls to call upon during battle. Each monster has their own skills and weaknesses, and they can be fused for new combinations as well as powered by rubbing the touch screen (it seems even monsters have hearts). The game will also support ad hoc and network modes for multiplayer.

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Sony reveals cloud-based streaming, rental service PS Now

PS Now (PS3, PS4, PS Vita) Announcement - Header

Sony has announced PlayStation Now, the Gaiki-powered streaming service that will use cloud technology to allow players access to PS3 games on their PS3, PS4, PS Vita, and Bravia TVs. The service is scheduled to go live first for PS4 this summer and later for the rest of the Sony family, including eight models of the 2014 Bravia TV line (KDL-R400B is the exception). Sony plans to eventually expand the service further to include non-Sony products, allowing gamers to “enjoy instant access to a game wherever there’s Wi-Fi connectivity” along with seamless transition between devices. The service will feature the ability to rent specific titles or subscribe for access to the library. There will be online multiplayer and trophy support. For those curious about the system’s integration with the current setup, the PS Blog responded to a community question that the PS Store will continue to offer downloadable titles in addition to PS Now’s streaming services.

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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster PS3 CE, PS Vita version detailed

Final Fantasy X, X-2 HD Remaster (PS3, PS Vita) LE Announcement - Set

Square Enix announced a Collector’s Edition release for their upcoming set Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster. The PS3 will receive the CE along with the standard edition when it is released on March 18, but it will only be available through the Square Enix Online Store. The $79.99 package will include a 40-page hardcover artbook, five lithographs, and a soundtrack on Blu-ray with over six hours of music. Some new screens were released alongside shots of the CE.

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LEGO The Hobbit coming to consoles, handhelds, and PC in 2014

Lego The Hobbit Videogame (360, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One) Announcement - Screenshot 1

LEGO and TT Games will be returning to Tolkien’s universe next year with LEGO The Hobbit. Based on Peter Jackson’s ongoing Hobbit trilogy, LEGO will feature Bilbo, the Dwarves, and Gandalf as they go through the storyline of the first two films, using their special abilities to make their way around roaming orcs and trolls. The gang will also venture through some of the films’ prominent locations, picking up treasure and solving puzzles along the way.

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Media Molecule’s papercraftastic adventure Tearaway now on Vita

Tearaway (PS Vita) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

LittleBigPlanet creator Media Molecule’s latest 3D platformer, Tearaway, is now available for PS Vita. The papercraft-themed adventure takes players through a folklore-inspired world as the unseen helpful hand of a messenger who is attempting to make his rounds. According to the release, the game’s engine utilizes “real physics of paper material that will tear, fold, or crumple, especially when the player reaches out and touches part of the world.” Players can also unlock printable patterns based on items in the game, allowing them to construct actual objects that they’ve run across on their journey.

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Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars coming to North America

Conception II Children of the Seven Stars (360, PS Vita) Announcement - Screenshot 1

Atlus and Spike Chunsoft are teaming up to bring North American games Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars. The standalone release, scheduled to launch next spring for 3DS and PS Vita, will have players working their magic to create the soldiers necessary to face monsters, the labyrinths the monsters spew forth from, and the labyrinths’ creator, the Pandora Labyrinth. As a Disciple, players take on the role of a human that has been granted the powers of a Star God so that they may engage in battle against the monsters plaguing the lands. Humans only have the Star God’s powers until they are 18, which means that they must create more Disciples with fellow Disciples. Ahem. Actually, it’s not as unsettling as it sounds, as it’s the powers that combine to form the next generation of warriors, the Star Children.

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