NieR Creator Yoko Taro Hopes To See a PS Vita Successor

Monday, March 20th, 2017

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The creator of NieR, Yoko Taro, has recently shared his thoughts on Twitter with regards to a PS Vita successor and how this is something that smartphones cannot offer, despite the rising popularity of the platform in Japan. Here is what he said:

The translation is:

“I want to see a Vita successor. That feeling has calmed down a bit after the release of Switch, but I want to play something on a slightly smaller next-gen handheld console. I want something that could satisfy my itch that can’t be done through a smartphone without physical buttons.”

On a personal level, I would like to see a PS Vita successor too as I have really enjoyed what the Vita has offered but only if Sony are prepared to fully support it. As it is, a PS Vita successor is unlikely to happen as Sony does not feel the market is “healthy” for it because of the rise of smartphones in Japan.

What do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below.


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  • Mr0303

    I’m with him on that. Dedicated buttons are quite important and give you more options when creating a game, while having just a touch screen to work with is quite limiting.

    I’d love a successor to the Vita, but unfortunately I don’t think Sony will go back into the handheld market any time soon.

  • bomblord

    I think the Switch fills that niche from a hardware perspective just fine personally. So we just need the Japanese devs who are supporting the Vita support the Switch.

  • NegativeZero

    The Vita has been one of the best system purchases I’ve made, and I’d buy another in a heartbeat if Sony were actually going to support it. Hardware-wise Switch scratches the itch but when it comes to actual functionality, it’s still amateur hour at Nintendo. Even basic things like adding a friend to your list or transferring data between memory card and internal storage are needlessly complicated, like they’ve built their OS through Chinese Whispers, with the people implementing it being told what to do by someone repeating the description given to them by a friend’s colleague’s former roommate’s sister.

    Sadly I think Sony is done with the portable business. PSP and Vita were both semi-successful but in the Vita’s case it was almost in spite of Sony’s poor handling.

  • catazxy
  • ProfessorFluffy

    I’m fine with the Vita still. I don’t need console quality graphics on a handheld, so it still holds up for me.

    Game wise, I don’t think something like the Switch will take anything from the Vita. I can’t imagine Nintendo starting to have niche games like Moe Chronicle after all.

    I can see the reason for a new Sony handheld. People will want to see newer Sony home console games get handheld ports after all. Sadly I don’t think Sony would avoid repeating the same issues of the Vita. Considering that the Vita’s memory cards cost the same since launch, it’s hard to imagine Sony aren’t still being lead by their greed.

    • catazxy

      Plus they can’t take too many risks since they are don’t have that much expendable cash…

  • Panpopo

    I play my Vita and 3DS more than any other console. The PS4 gets some use but not nearly as much.

    That being said, I believe this is it for Sony handhelds. If the switch gets a mainline pokemon game, that is it. If the switch does not do well for some reason then there will be a 3ds successor for sure.

    However, I also believe it depends on what the Asian market wants if there will ever be a successor of any kind. Not Japan, as console gaming as a whole is pretty niche for everything except Nintendo games, but China and the surrounding areas. It is why we get so many asian vita english physical releases. To put into perspective, I remember reading that Yakuza Kiwami in Asian market outsold the entirety of the series in the US region by itself.

    I love the Vita, and Yoko Taro is correct about analog, but I think Nintendo is the only one with a future in handhelds.

  • Neppers

    I love my lewd, challenging Vita RPGs. Nintendo will never allow those on their system.