This week has seen a number of announcements regarding the PlayStation Vita, both in Japan and here in the west. Instead of giving each one a separate post, it was deemed appropriate to combine them all. Now that time has passed since some announcements, more information may be available.
Announced in September 2011, Final Fantasy X HD is now confirmed to be a remastering of the original Final Fantasy X International to be released on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Typical of most Final Fantasy titles, the International re-release are often Japanese exclusive versions of the game with additional content; however, Final Fantasy X International was released in Europe as just Final Fantasy X. Being a European game during the previous generation; this version of the game was much slower than its North American and Japanese counterparts. The international version of the game sported a new Sphere Grid and new bosses (such as the Dark Aeons).
Accompanying Final Fantasy X HD is Final Fantasy X-2 HD. Similarly to FFX, FFX-2 will be the international edition. This version has not been released in the west before. This version apparently includes new playable characters (including the cast from FFX), additional dresspheres, and a new story mode entitled “Last Story“. FFX-2 will be available on both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Unlike its Japanese counterpart, FFX-2 will be included with FFX on the PlayStation 3, but due to card memory restrictions will come separately on the PlayStation Vita. Both games are scheduled for release this year, and a trailer will be released on Monday.
Media Molecule, developer of the critically acclaimed Littlebig Planet series, will be releasing Tearaway in October. Tearaway is their brand new IP for the PlayStation Vita that appears to be a blend of escort and platforming gameplay in which the player must control the protagonist while moving obstacles out of its way.
Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of their Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, famous for publishing Japanese comics such as DragonBall, Naruto, and One Piece; Shueisha announced the upcoming Project Versus J in which characters from their wide array of serializations will fight against one another, developed and published by Namco Bandai. This will be the third such title released, with Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars previously being released on the DS. A full reveal is scheduled in eight days time. Project Versus J will be launched on the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Vita. Fans of Shonen Jump titles will probably expect to have to import the title as there are many licensing issues involved; however, there may be some hope as another crossover title, Project X Zone, was recently confirmed to be getting localized in the west.
PlayStation’s Director of Product Planning and Platform Software Innovation, Don Mesa, has revealed that The Walking Dead developed by Telltale Games will be getting a PlayStation Vita release. There have yet to be any additional details; however, the title is expected to be released on the handheld sometime this year.
This month, European PlayStation Plus subscribers can expect to receive both the 999: 9 Persons 9 Hours 9 Doors sequel, Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, and a port of the indie PC game, Thomas Was Alone, for free in April. This also confirms Thomas Was Alone‘s release on the handheld to be April 24th.
Lastly, Don Mesa also confirmed that the PlayStation Vita is expected to have over one hundred titles to launch on the handheld this year.
Edit: What usually serves as confirmation for videogame re-releases; Jak and Daxter Collection has recently been rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) and given a teen rating. It’s to be noted that there are references to both weapons, armed vehicles, and spin attacks. As a result, these ratings suggest that all three Jak and Daxter titles will be part of this collection for the PlayStation Vita.
Edit: 27/Mar: Bit of a goof. Seems that I screwed up with some news and claimed FFX-2 came with FFX on the Vita. Apologies, for this has been confirmed by Square-Enix to not be the case.