Sports fans who have been waiting for an arcade-style baseball game to come to the Vita are going to have to wait even longer. At one time it looked like Super Mega Baseball was going to be that game, but in a recent announcement it has been stated that a Vita release at this point is “looking unlikely.”

When Super Mega Baseball was first announced last September for the PS3 and PS4, many people immediately asked if this game was also coming to the Vita. Scott Drader, co-founder of Metalhead Software, replied saying that indeed a Vita version was in the works.

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Recently however, Drader has posted in the Super Mega Baseball forums that perhaps he spoke a bit too soon. Development was still early on and work on the Vita version had not yet begun.

He stated, “As it turns out, it became clear that there was going to be a lot more effort required to do a proper Vita version than we had anticipated (especially in getting the game up to 60 FPS, which we consider a requirement for SMB).”

Drader said that balancing the workload for maintaining the game on the platforms it’s already on is more than enough than what his small studio can handle. Therefore, the time, money and resources needed to port it over to the Vita while optimizing performance just isn’t there.

He concluded his post by saying, “So for those of you that have been asking, it’s only fair to let you know that, at this stage, a Vita release is looking unlikely.”

And another one bites the dust.

  • Lester Paredes

    Well, I wasn’t even aware of this one, but an arcade style baseball game would have been cool. Oh well. I’d have been interested if it did come out, as the last sports game I really played was RBI Baseball on NES.

    • vongruetz .

      I’m disappointed. I was really looking forward to this one, and since I got it for the PS4, I’ve been even more excited for a Vita release.

      The nice thing about the game, and what got it a lot of attention when it was announced, was that it wasn’t a simulation game. The teams and players were all fictional, and everything could be customized. I guess now I’ll have to resort to some PSP classics of All Star Baseball if I want the same thing on my Vita.

      • Lester Paredes

        Fully customizable, and not based on real life players? Yeah, I’d have been down. Oh well. Such news seems to be Vita’s M.O. lately.