TGS 2011: Did Sony All But Confirm Yakuza for PS Vita?
TOKYO – Last night, or early this morning depending on who you ask, Sony held their pre Tokyo Game Show conference, where they spent the better part of two hours unveiling their launch plans and titles for the upcoming PlayStation Vita. Among those plans were the developers that would help Sony make the Vita a must have device.
Whether it was Shinji Hashimoto’s Final Fantasy X HD announcement, or the fact that Kojima would be bringing some of his all time classics as well, no matter who you ask, they’ll tell you that it was home run after home run for Sony during the show. Among the announcements made there was also a slide presentation that displayed portaits of the more esteemed Japanese developers, and among those a rather familiar face, if you’re a fan of the Yakuza series that is. Toshihiro Nagoshi, director behind the Japanese crime drama was among the portraits shown.
Nagoshi made headlines recently when it was announced that Sega would create it’s own in-house Yakuza studio; naturally he’d be at the helm. And while it’s known that the studio is hard at work on Yakuza 5, there’s also talk of another Yakuza PSP title as well. So now, with Sony making such a hard push with the Vita and the PSP at an all time low (everywhere), I can’t say that it’s too much a reach to think that whatever was planned for the PSP has now been put on ice and instead en route to Sony’s new Vita; yesterday’s press conference may have indirectly confirmed just that.
We’ll be reaching out to Sega for a comment on the subject, and will update the story accordingly.