Note; Please read update #2.

Despite claims to the contrary over the past day, it looks like Digimon World: Next Order will indeed be headed West for Vita next year.

Bandai Namco has confirmed that they’ll be bringing Digimon World: Next Order West to PlayStation Vita (and PS4) sometime early next year; the Vita version of the game coming to both regions as a digital only release, but with both Japanese and English voice-overs.

Need a refresher on just what this game’s about?

Here’s a quick outline;

The Digital World is in despair. Machinedramons are running rampant and causing utter chaos…

The Digital World needs your help! Explore and traverse the Digital World to solve a digi-mystery. Recruit faithful Digimon companions and meet friends along the way to help you on this epic journey.

The Digital World is waiting for you…

Or are you waiting for the Digital World?

With key features of Next Order set to include the following;

  • Collect Digimon – Over 200 Digimon from the animated series!
  • Every Interaction & Activity Matters – Your success in battles & the growth of your partners is totally dependent on you: Raise, train, feed, discipline, etc. in real-time to form strong bonds with your Digimon companions.
  • Evolved A.I. Battle System – Strong bonds with your partners is key – train your Digimon to excel in AI battles on their own. Cooperation & synchronization between your partners and their feelings will increase your chances of winning. Shout commands and cheer them to victory!
  • Recruit Digimon – Recruit and integrate new Digimon into the village to expand & evolve it!

Plus, some new media to check out;

Digimon World: Next Order is headed to PlayStation Vita sometime early in 2017.

Are you interested?

Update; Gematsu and RPGSite are reporting that they’ve received a correction to this announcement, going back to the previous “PS4 Only” stance. The American Bamco site still lists Vita/PS4 however, so we’re unsure what to think. I’m no longer as confident in this post however, so I figured I’d let you guys know.

We’ll be looking into this further, and will update you once we have more information.

Update #2; It looks like this has been confirmed to be PlayStation 4 only in the West, as an interview with Producer Kazumasa Habu (via Game Reactor) reveals the reason behind the Vita exclusion to be the additional quests and changes to the game.

We’re sorry for any confusion this may have caused, but at the time of the posting both the first correction from Bandai Namco and the website pointed to a Vita version in the West. It seems like that’s not the case after all.

  • Lester Paredes

    That’s fantastic! Too bad I’m not that interested in this one because of the complicated breeding aspect and that your digimon die after a set amount of time. Well, now that the ‘No Vita, no buy’ people are pacified, let’s make way for the ‘No physical, no buy’ crowd…

    • Zero Eternity

      lmao that is so true but there will always be complainers. I wish it didn’t have that breeding system too much either but if they really do die after a set amount of time I feel like that is gonna upset people. “I worked my butt off to get that Wargreymon, what do you mean it died?!”

      • Lester Paredes

        Yeah, several of the Digimon games had this ‘feature’. It’s also why I could never get into Monster Rancher.

    • Already ahead of you 😉

  • “Digital Only”…Noooooo!!!!!!

  • Zero Eternity

    lol at that update. Sigh oh well, thanks for the update Kyle.

  • pimlicosound

    I’m not a Digimon aficionado (I’ve only played Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth), but I don’t understand why this game is *so* different from Cyber Sleuth. Different interface, seemingly different gameplay entirely. Is it typical of Digimon games to keep changing the formula radically?

    • Alvaro Correia Neto

      There are basically two types of digimon games. The world series and the more tradicional turn based combat series. Cybersleuth is the tradicional jrpg and the world series is more like an action rpg where you shout commands to your digimons but have little control over their actions. Sorry, if I haven’t done a good job explaining xD

  • Alondate31

    Oh man… I have no hope for a Vita release but still…

  • CalamityCorp

    This is not the kind of game I would want to play on a console.

  • crimsonkinge

    Didnt Cyber Sleuth sell better on the Vita in the west?

    • Romored

      We don’t know, but it most probably didn’t. It charted high in the Vita PSN chart, so it sold relatively good on PSVita – which isn’t that difficult, since it didn’t have any competition whatsoever – but it doesn’t mean that it sold better than the PS4 version (that is a more popular console and also had a physical edition, and presumably sold a lot more thanks to that).

  • Lester Paredes

    Oh boy… the left hand don’t know what the right hand is doing… and what it’s doing is fucking us! Lol. But seriously, this is turning into something of a cluster fuck. Pardon my language, but even though I’m not exactly sold on this game, this yes, no, yes no crap really gets my goat.

  • Kumiko

    I’m not sure if we can change anything because Namco Bandai are idiots, but here’s a petition to get the game on Vita:

  • David Mayn

    Freaking bastards.

  • meg

    Why is it so hard to release a game DIGITALLY for the vita?

  • Mark Anthony

    Are the screenshots Vita sourced?..or are they from the PS4 version? :<