Vita Now the Only System to not see Resident Evil: Revelations

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.”

Though Revelations is beautiful on the Big N’s Portable; wouldn’t it look twice as good on an HD OLED screen? Too bad we’ll never know.

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.

Written By Nick

Nick is a man obsessed with all things related to film. From the most obscure to the very popular, he’s seen it all and hopes to one day turn his obsession into a career that makes a lot of money so he can buy a monkey, a bulldog, and a full size Batman suit.

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Nick is a man obsessed with all things related to film. From the most obscure to the very popular, he's seen it all and hopes to one day turn his obsession into a career that makes a lot of money so he can buy a monkey, a bulldog, and a full size Batman suit.

  • Nick

    I have a Vita and want more games for it, but have never been a huge Resident Evil fan. But I guess it’d still be cool.. more love for the Vita means more life and more games. Right?

  • Aaron

    I had a Vita for a while and really enjoyed it too; while this might not be a system seller, it would have only strengthened the Vita library and like you said at least given a little spark to the, unfortunately, stagnate system.

  • Philip

    Never say never ACT, first the Vita wasn’t supposed to get Dragon Hunter 4, now there are whispers in the mountains of a growing threat to the 3DS’s supremacy.

  • Aaron

    This is true, it can be dangerous to say never but my money is resting on the side that the Vita doesn’t see a release of this game. Monster Hunter 4 coming would be great, but aside from Soul Sacrifice, Tearaway, and Killzone Mercenaries there are only about 5-6 more confirmed games this year for the Vita. Fingers crossed that between Destination Playstation and E3 they show some love to the little system that could.

  • Robert

    Oh, it’s a statement about the vita alright. It’s selling worse than the dreamcast so it’s dead. No developer cares about it anymore and neither should the consumer.

  • Aaron Cooley-Themm

    The sad part is Robert that your right in terms of it dying. The biggest even mote depressing piece is that its the system that consumer has been asking for all along. Sony needs to come out and have a huge show for the Vita, just like Nintendo did for the 3DS and Wii U. Whenyour system is on life support you do anything you can to revive it.