To be fair, Sony’s handheld system’s looming demise is not the most surprising thing in the world.
No one could have guessed this five years ago, but the PS Vita has been, sadly, a monumental failure for Sony- an excellent piece of hardware, let down by poor marketing, weird decisions, and a complete lack of support. It’s no surprise, then, that the system is dying out way earlier than it should have, while its direct competitor, the 3DS, somehow continues to do reasonably well for itself even now.
Sony recently announced that they would be ending production of the handheld in Japan not long from now, which comes off the back of the system’s game cards’ manufacturing already having been discontinued. According to Bodie Lee, founder of Lunar Ray Games, though, while that is sad, it’s not all too surprising.
We recently interview Lunar Ray Games about their recently released 2D platforming Metroidvania Timespinner, which, among other systems, has launched on the PS Vita as well. When we asked Lee about the state of the handheld, he said, “It is a bit sad, but not unexpected. This seems to be par-for-the-course for older platforms.”
In light of this news, though, what’re Lee’s thoughts on the fact that Timespinner has launched on the PS Vita as well? After all, just as an example, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night’s PS Vita version recently got cancelled after the developers decided it probably wasn’t worth the investment. Lee, though, is pretty happy with his decision to make the game for the Vita as well.
“I’m glad I made the Vita version,” Lee told GamingBolt. “It’s uniquely satisfying being able to play your own game on a handheld console. It’s kind of a dream come true!”
Timespinner is currently available on PS4, PC, and of course, PS Vita. Stay tuned for our full interview with Bodie Lee.