If you’ve come to RipTen at all since February, you know that we love our Vitas. You’ll also know that we’re not hugely thrilled with the lack of releases as of late. Sony‘s keynote did just enough to address that. Now, when I say just enough, I really mean just. The device had about ten minutes of coverage, but in that time, it was announced that around 60 new titles will be hitting the market for the device this year, and PSOne support will arrive this summer. (No, they weren’t anymore specific than that on either count). However, it was also announced that two of those incoming titles will almost certainly be blockbuster hits.
Call of Duty, which we knew from last year would be coming to the Vita at some point, was revealed to be Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified. Not much was said about it, other than it will feature the same campaign and online play you’d expect from a Call of Duty title – only now in the palm of your hand – and it will launch this holiday season.
Directly on the heels of that, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation was announced. How exactly this title relates to the main Assassin’s Creed III story wasn’t detailed, but we do know that there will be some connectivity between Liberation on the Vita, and AC3 on the PS3. What was listed was simple unlocks – Connor’s tomahawk and a multiplayer character were mentioned – but we can hope it will amount to more than that. The game was also given a release date of October 30th. Yep, your handheld Assassin’s Creed and your console Assassin’s Creed will be released simultaneously. Oh, and based on the brief trailer, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation will also feature a female assassin as its protagonist.
Now, tell me you don’t like Sony.