2013 is getting closer and closer; more game announcements!
The Tokyo Game Show (held from September 20th to September 23th), featured announcements of several Japanese developers bringing their franchises over to the PS Vita. These games are all oriented at the Japanese market and are considered niche games in the West. Sadly, we do not have news yet if any of these titles will be released outside of Japan.
Publisher Marvelous AQL announced a grand total of three new PS Vita games set to release next year. Valhalla Knights 3, a follow-up to the ill-received Valhalla Knights 1 & 2 games (scoring respectively 53 and 50 on MetaCritic), will be released on February 28th, together with Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus Shojotachi no Shomei (praise copy-paste). This Senran Kagura title is one of the follow-up titles to the 2011 Nintendo 3DS game Senran Kagura and is a side-scrolling beat-em-up (featuring school girls in skimpy clothing). Marvelous also announced a game called Oboroge Muramasa a title of which nothing is known yet. It will be released on March 28th. Seeing as both the first two games have made it outside of Japan, it would be no surprise to see this being published in the West.
Tecmo Koei announced a new game developed by the creators of the Dynasty Warriors series (Omega Force) called Toukiden, to be released next year. The game will also be released on the PSP and will feature cross-platform play. A teaser trailer has been released, indicating that this game might be an action game.
Another title being released simultaneously on PSP and PS Vita will be the sequel to the PSP game God Eater (: Burst), which has made it to the West, called God Eater 2. It is an action game slightly reminiscent of the Monster Hunter series. Sony has probably pushed for the support of Japanese developers and specifically for games such as these, seeing the release of several other action RPGs such as Ragnarok Odyssey and Soul Sacrifice to try and increase sales of the PS Vita in Japan.
Namco also announced a new iteration in the Gundam series (picture giant mechas and robots shooting each other) called Gundam Breaker. Namco Bandai haven’t provided us with a release date yet.
(Source: The Verge, Otaku Study)
Now, some news that might seem more interesting to European and North American Vita owners: Burn the Rope, a game previously released on iOS, Android and Wiiware that has received over 6 million downloads, is sizzling onto the PS Vita on the 10th of October. The game has a simple goal and must surely appeal to the pyromaniacs under us; burn as much rope as possible within a level! There are 7 worlds, containing 16 levels each. Once you have made it through these, you will unlock the 8th world, which is filled with 60 levels to play. The game will feature gyroscope, front and back touch controls. It will cost €3.99/£3.19.
(Source: PlayStation Europe blog)