Dr.Vita talks about Playstation Vita in 2016!
Yep it's again the time of the year when I want to talk a bit about Playstation Vita. ^^
Let's start with the upcoming games!
And at this point I really have to say that the 2016 line-up is looking amazing! It's even as good as 2013 imo (2013 was the best gaming year for the most PS Vita owners). And I am not talking about only Japan, I am talking about the Global Playstation Vita situation. Playstation Vita is getting a lot love this year!
And it begins with the release of Digimon: Cyber Sleuth which released early this year on Playstation Vita in the west. This game is being loved by the players and for a lot people it is the best Digimon game ever released! There has never been a Digimon nor a Pokemon which looked as good as Digimon: Cyber Sleuth. With this great Digimon game Playstation Vita has it's best start ever in a new year!
And the support in the west for the Playstation Vita will continue strong, we are getting a new Assassin's Creed game on Playstation Vita! The last Assassin's Creed game we saw was in 2012 and now in 2016 we are finally getting a new one. Assassin's Creed: Chronicles is coming to Playstation Vita and it is perfectly made for a handheld! It's a great decision from Ubisoft to release a new Assassin's Creed game on Playstation Vita.
Not only Ubisoft is bringing a popular series to Playstation Vita, 2K Games will release Civilization Revolution 2 Plus on Playstation Vita and according to rumors (the same which leaked Assassin's Creed and Civilization Revolution 2 Plus announcements) we will see XCOM: Enemy Unknown Plus on Playstation Vita soon too. 2K Games are releasing 2 big games which will work great on Playstation Vita!
Bandai Namco is finally localising both God Eater games in the west!!! God Eater: Resurrection and God Eater 2: Rage Burst are finally coming to Playstation Vita in 2016!!! People were waiting for the God Eater series to release in the west for 3 years!!! God Eater series is not the only thing from Bandai Namco, Bandai Namco loves the Playstation Vita and has a great support for Playstation Vita! We are getting the first real One Piece fighting game ever which is called One Piece: Burning Blood and it will be available on Playstation Vita!!! One Piece fans were waiting decades for this amazing game!!! And Bamco is bringing so much other big games to Playstation Vita in the west like Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization or Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs Force. Playstation Vita will also see great support from Bandai Namco in Japan. Digimon: Next Order, Summon Night 6 and Gundam Breaker 3 are all going to release for Playstation Vita this year in Japan and they have all a big chance to come to the west!
2016 will also be the ultimate Square Enix year for Playstation Vita! Playstation Vita will get 2 new Final Fantasy and 2 new Dragon Quest games this year!!! Final Fantasy Adventures and World of Final Fantasy are coming to Playstation Vita and the Dragon Quest franchise will debut on Playstation Vita with Dragon Quest: Builders and Dragon Quest: Heroes II this year!!! Japan will also see the comeback of the SaGa franchise, which will make a comeback on the Playstation Vita with SaGa: Scarlet Grace!!! And Square Enix is trying to bring some oldschool fans back with Project Setsuna, which has a lot similarities to the old Dragon Quest games!
There are so much developers working on Playstation Vita games right now and it would be hard to mention everyone, but one who deserves to be mentioned too is definitely Telltale Games. They have always supported the Playstation Vita with their great games and it will continue in 2016 as strong as never before! Tales from the Borderlands, Game of Thrones and Minecraft: Story Mode will all make their way to the PS Vita in 2016.
And don't forget how much Indies (The Banner Saga, Salt & Sanctuary, Hitman Go...) or how much Japenese games (DanganRonpa V3, Toukiden 2, Zero Escpae 3, Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, Ys 8, Rise of Mana...) or so much other great things will release on Playstation Vita this year (if you are interested in how many games will release this year one PS Vita, take a look at this thread, 200+ English games coming to PS Vita this year → http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1164968)!!!
And now let's talk about Playstation Vita sales!
People are complaining on this site that Playstation Vita hardware numbers are overtracked on VGChartz without knowing that so many games are still coming to Playstation Vita! Especially Europe numbers seems for a lot people unrealistic. But things like the 600k hardware sold in Spain announcement show that Playstation Vita is still a big underdog in some Europe countries. It is doing 6x more than Xbox One in Spain and is almost at PS4 level there. It's realistic to assume that numbers in countries like Portugal, Greece etc. should be similar to Spain numbers. Getting so many new releases this year will make Playstation Vita hardware sales continue to do good in these regions. All the other Playstation Vita games from the last years will have an impact too, Killzone Mercenary, LittleBigPlanet PS Vita, Borderlands 2 and so many other games on Playstation Vita still have good legs and will continue to do good this year.
Not only all the upcoming games are helping Playstation Vita sales, I think Minecraft: Playstation Vita Edition is a big reason for the good numbers in Europe too. Minecraft: Playstation Vita Edition sold more than every first party game on PS4 in Spain!!! This is very very impressive and the game will continue to do good because it has insane legs! Playstation Vita is getting really popular for children with these kind of games. And Sony is realizing it and are making exclusive Playstation Vita games which are perfectly made for children. Looney Tunes PS Vita bundle, Muppets and Invizimals PS Vita bundle or Phineas and Ferb PS Vita bundle are all great ways for parents to buy their kids a Playstation Vita.
Another thing which could be really relevant to Playstation Vita sales is Playstation Plus. Playstation Plus subscribers get every month 2 new Playstation Vita games for free. 2 new Playstation Vita games every month means 24 Playstation Vita games every year. And we all know if you want to play online on your PS4, you have to be a Playstation Plus subscriber. So you can imagine that after some time you will own a lot Playstation Vita games without even owning a Playstation Vita as a Playstation 4 owner. This makes a lot people who only owned a Playstation 4 buy a Playstation Vita too. And Playstation Vita supports a lot important features like Playstation Now or Remote Play which could be interesting for Playstation 4 owners too.