Many fans of the Resident Evil series were happy to see that one of the exclusive iterations of the series was not be as exclusive anymore. Resident Evil: Revelations, which was before a Nintendo 3DS exclusive, is coming to home consoles in May; that means that the XBOX 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and PC will all see the game hit their platform. That’s every major console, portable or home console, getting the game…. wait that’s not quite right. Fans that have waited for something new to hit the Playstation Vita will not see Revelations and that’s unfortunate for people who were looking for an HD Resident Evil on the go.
Masachika Kawata touched on that topic about why we aren’t getting a second portable version of the game during a recent interview with Eurogamer. “The Vita is a very impressive piece of kit, but the fundamental concept of this release was to bring Revelations to home consoles. It’s not a statement about the Vita or what it is, or my personal feelings towards it. It’s just that this is the big screen, home console version of Resident Evil: Revelations.”
When asked about whether the Vita slow sales were the decisive factor in not bringing the game to the console Kawata responded by saying: “The conversation literally didn’t even get to the point where something like that would be a consideration. Once the decision had been made to release it for home consoles it was never a possibility.”
Whether Kawata wants to admit it or not the lack of support for the Vita is clear and there is a reason that companies are not clamoring to bring games to it. The fact is, the system doesn’t sell well, and because of that the industry has not strongly backed its existence. I believe this was the main reason that Revelations didn’t get a Vita release, because of the risk of financial loss. When looking at the concepts that the 3DS version formed around the Vita would be a logical port, but instead consumers that have put their faith in the system are the ones to suffer. It’s a sticky situation for each party because until people start making the Vita a formidable foe for the 3DS the games wont come, and until the games start coming people wont buy the system.
Do you have a Vita? Would you support a Resident Evil port, or even consider purchasing a Vita for it? Let’s hear what your thoughts are in the comments below.