By BlackLagoon 7 Comments
Since the December post seemed reasonably well received, here I am doing it again with an updated list for the new month. As last time, this is focused on North America, with sections below for Europe and Japan exclusive titles, as well as some unconfirmed ones.
Unfortunately I don't have much in the way of confirmed January releases yet. Earth Defense Force was changed into a download only title, so there are no retail releases this month, and with the PlayStation blog and official podcast on vacation, there haven't really been anyone making release date announcements. As you can see from the Q1 list though, there are a number of titles waiting for release, so expect more to be added as we get further into the month.
As for upcoming title announcements, December was a bit of a slow month in the west, biggest news was Futurlab getting a Vita focused development deal with Sony and announcing a full blown remake of their top rated shoot 'em up Velocity for the Vita. Else, The Game Atelier's Flying Hamster and Nnoo's escapeVektor are also getting improved Vita versions. And while not news, I also added real time strategy game Zombie Tycoon 2, which was an old announcement I'd missed, and I removed Alien Spidy, which was apparently never in development for the Vita - the devs just said it was to get attention.
Japan on the other hand went slightly Vita crazy, with major titles like One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 and Shonen Jump cross-over title Project Versus J being revealed, and together with more niche stuff like Sei Madou Monogatari, Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash and Atelier Meruru Plus. Also, if you like the thought of spending your last hours writing crazed messages on the walls in your own blood about just how moé Nyarlathotep is, Haiyore! Nyaruko-san will be draining your sanity soon, probably as a visual novel. (Oh, and Guilty Gear something something R is apparently coming sometime too, another old announcement I'd missed.)
Anyway, on to the list:
- Earth Defense Force 3 Portable - Kill the bugs again, this time with online co-op and jetpack wearing ladies.
- escapeVektor - Action puzzle game from old Bombcast "favorite" Nnooo
- Let's Fish! Hooked On - Anime themed fishing game by SEGA Bass Fishing guys
- Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
- MLB 13: The Show - Sony's long running series of Baseball games
- Dead or Alive 5 Plus
- Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus 2
- KickBeat - Martial arts rhythm game
- Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault - Ratchet goes multiplayer/Iron Brigade/MOBA
- Snapshot - Platform puzzler
- Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken - 2D action game
- Guacamelee! - Mexican themed metroidvania game.
- Picotto Knights - F2P cutesy brawler thing
- Rainbow Moon - Turn-based strategy RPG
- Dragon Fantasy: Book II - SNES style retro RPG
- Urban Trial Freestyle - Think Trials Evolution on your Vita
- Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee - HD remaster of the Xbox game
- Flying Hamster HD - The PS Minis shooter gets an upgrade
- Coconut Dodge HD - Upgraded version of Futurlab's hit Mini
- Alien Breed - Native Vita version of the classic Amiga top down shooter
- MUD: FIM Motocross Championship
Rest of the year
- Soul Sacrifice - Grotesque Monster Hunter-clone from Keiji Inafune
- Killzone Mercenary - This time you get to side with the British Space Nazis!
- Warrior's Lair
- Final Fantasy X HD
- Dragon's Crown - Fantasy beat 'em up
- HISTORY Legends of War: Patton - WWII turn based strategy game
- LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey - New LEGO game
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes - More LEGO
- MotoGP13 - Motorcycle racing
- Muramasa: The Demon Blade - Enhanced port of the Wii game (licensed by Aksys)
- Valhalla Knights 3 - Sequel to the PSP Action RPGs. (licensed by XSEED)
- Ys: Memories of Celceta - Action RPG in the long running series. (licensed by XSEED)
- BreakQuest Extra Evolution - BreakOut-ish Mini getting upgraded to full Vita game
- Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee New N' Tasty - HD remake of the PS1 game
- Orc Attack - 4 player co-op character action game
- Lone Survivor - Post apocalyptic horror action adventure. As seen on Spookin' with Scoops.
- Starlight Inception - Kickstarter funded space combat sim
- The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - I don't care what anyone says, it's a Zelda clone not a roguelike :P
- Zombie Tycoon 2 - Sequel to the Zombie RTS
- Machinarium - Point and click adventure
- Velocity Ultra - Upgraded version of Futurlab's acclaimed Minis shooter
- Divekick - Kickstarted two-button fighting game
- Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R - Fighting game
- Dragon Fantasy - Enhanced port of the iOS RPG
- Deathmatch Village - 3v3 free to play multiplayer with PS3 cross-play
- Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2
- Zone of the Enders HD
- Battle Slots - Vita ESRB rating
- Zero Escape 3 - Development has started, but patforms have yet to be annouced
- Ant Raid - Top rated iOS RTS
- Yet to be annouced game(s) from Tokyo Majin Gakuen director
- New Sonic the Hedgehog game
- Mystery project from Just Add Water
- Several games from Laughing Jackal
(Titles out in Europe with no American release announced.)
- A-Men - Puzzle platformer
- Ecolibrium - F2P pet / ecology simulator
- Travel Bug - Social pet raising sim
- t@g - Augmented reality game for 3G Vitas
- WRC 3 - Rally cross
- Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge
- Doodle God - Puzzle game
(Incomplete list of Japanese titles that have yet to be announced for western release)
- Demon Gaze - 1st person party based dungeon crawler RPG
- Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus - Dynasty Warriors + boobs + destructible clothes.
- God Eater 2 - Fast paced scifi take on Monster Hunter.
- Toukiden - Omega Force does Monster Hunter?
- Over My Dead Body 2 - Dungeon crawler set in ancient Japan
- Monster Monpiece - Card battle game with boobs.
- Tales of Hearts R - Remake of the DS game.
- Tales of Hearts R Infinte Evolve - Dowloadable 2D companion to Tales of Hearts R
- Sei Madou Monogatari - New entry in the 90s dungeon crawler series
- Eiyuu*Senki - Turn based strategy game - conquer the world, one anime girl at a time
- PhotoKano Kiss - Dating sim with photography
- Phantasy Star Online 2
- Sakura-so no Pet na Kanojo - Visual novel
- Little Busters! - Visual novel
- Steins;Gate - Visual Novel
- Sengoku Hime 3 - Historical strategy game with anime girls
- Romance of the Three Kingdoms 12 - Historical strategy game
- Gundam Breaker - 3rd person action game based on the Gundam franchise
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 - Musou game based on the popular franchise
- Project Versus J - Shonen Jump crossover game
- The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash - Latest game in the Legend of Heroes series
- Atelier Meruru Plus - Enhanced port of the PS3 RPG
- Haiyore! Nyaruko-san - Feel your sanity slip away as 5pb brings Vitas the most moé incarnation of the Cthulhu Mythos yet!
- Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2013 - More Japanese baseball
- Labyrinth Cross Blood Infinity - Port of the PC/360 scifi dungeon crawler RPG
Kajiri Kamui Kagura Akebono no Hikari - Visual novel from light
- Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA f - Rhythm game with the popular vocaloid.
- Time Travelers - ...Level 5 does Heavy Rain?
- Little Battlers eXperience W - Minature mech battle action RPG thing from Level 5
- Lord of Apocalypse - Multiplayer focused action RPG
- Tales of Innocence R - Remake of the DS game.
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Battle Destiny - 3rd person action game
- Moe Moe Daisensou - SRPG with weaponized anime girls.
- Ciel no Surge - Visual novel/dating sim from Gust
- The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki Evolution - Enhanced port of the PSP RPG.
- Atelier Totori Plus - Enhanced port of the PS3 game.
- Nobunaga's Ambition: Tendou - Port of the PS3 strategy game.
- Fate/stay night Realta Nua - Visual novel.
- Special Reporting Division - Adventure / Visual novel from NIS
- Shin Kamaitachi no Yoru: 11ninme no Suspect - Murder mystery visual novel from Chunsoft
- Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2012 - Japanese baseball
- Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2012 - Cutesy Japanese baseball