Unexpected? Not really.
Black Ops: Declassified on the PS Vita was something that was that was supposed to save the system from doldrums–and it still might! It won’t feature a vital mode which could be the turning point for people interested in the game.
That’s right, Nihilistic Software’s Call of Duty for Vita won’t have a zombies mode. Now you might say, what’s the big deal in this. Oh but its, you see it is launching on the same month as the console versions and costs $50 to boot.
Activision’s community manager, Dan Amrich, confirmed this on his blog.
This is the first Call of Duty game on Vita, and it needs to deliver on its core strengths — arguably, multiplayer gaming with twin-stick controls in a portable format. That’s the core experience, and that simply needs to come first. There’s always a list of things you want to do and things you need to do, and at the end of the day, realistic goals are the ones that people actually attain.
Declassified will offer a Hostiles Mode, which challenges you to defeat waves of enemies, but alas, those enemies are not shambling corpses. So we’ll see what the future brings for Zombies, but for Declassified, it’s an MP focus first and foremost.