Goodnight, sweet prince.
The PlayStation Vita games will be no more in the very near future. The state of physical cartridges of PS Vita titles are at stake, since they will be no longer in production after the 2018 fiscal year.
Launching in 2011, the console struggled from the get-go with a high price point, use of proprietary cards, and the lack of support from Sony themselves. In its early stages of life, the platform was advertised as a ‘on-the-go PS3’ due to the ability of being able to play PlayStation 3 games with its cross-play ability, with games such as PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and MLB The Show. Flashback two years after release, Sony in the West had stopped supporting the system with first party software due to the poor sales outside of Japan.
The console never gained any serious traction with hardcore or casual gamers, leaving a niche JRPG audience devouring in titles despite no official releases from Sony. Heck, not even a Call of Duty PS Vita Bundle could get units off the shelf to compete with Nintendo’s 3DS, which similar to the PS Vita, got off to a bad start but the 3DS eventually turned it around in 2013 with a catalog of first-party hitters and a price cut. Games like Fire Emble: Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon, Pokemon X & Y, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, ect.
Although if the rumor is true, companies like Limited Run Games may be in jeopardy. This is the statement they released via Twitter.
The news is only affecting territories in North America and Europe, while Japan seems to be safe for now due to the better sales in the territory overall.