Just when you thought things were bad enough, the PlayStation Store closure has impacted the release of at least one new game.
Incredibly, new games are still released on Sony’s portable PlayStation Vita. Consequently, news of the impending death of the PlayStation Store for pre-PS4 devices has had a wider impact than expected.
With today's news of the Vita Store closing, we sadly have had to cancel the Vita version of our next game. The store will be closed before our next game is ready, so it seems Habroxia 2 will be our final Vita release.— Lillymo Games (@LillymoGames) March 29, 2021
At least six months from release, there is no chance of the untitled game launching before the PlayStation Vita store closes. Lillymo Games aren’t the only studio hit by the closure. ScourgeBringer from Flying Oak Games will be released but the clock is ticking on the PlayStation Vita.
This is now official.— Thomas Altenburger 🍕🍍 (@mrhelmut) March 29, 2021
ScourgeBringer on PS Vita, will be a limited release and will only be available for 128 days before vanishing (no developer pun intended in the number), from April 22 to August 27.
128 days to get the last PS Vita game to release digitally. https://t.co/ttibKXNZtR
Of course, the PlayStation Vita has had a good run, launching in 2011 in Japan, 2012 everywhere else. Physical production ending as recently as 2019. Will the PS Vita rise again some day? Undoubtedly when PS Vita Card media becomes affordable to indie developers interest will revive in the platform. Until then, perhaps start exploring that back catalogue of PlayStation Vita games you overlooked back in the day.
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