Yes, Vib Ribbon is actually being released in North America. The PS1 Classic Vib Ribbon has got a home stateside.
SCEA CEO Shawn Layden addressed the numerous Vib Ribbon mentions during Sony’s E3 Press Conference even they never actually announced the release of Vib Ribbon. Vib Ribbon was released in Japan and Europe but never had a stateside release even after all these years.
Until E3. It was not my intention to rub salt in the Vib Ribbon wound, but to express my admiration for it as the genre-busting title it is and was. My mistake was that I had assumed that everyone who had been around in the original PlayStation era would have had their chance to play the game. I had forgotten that the American gamer was effectively denied the opportunity. To mention it at E3 was to delight some and to squirt lemon in the eyes of others. For this, I apologize. It was not my intent to dangle the delight of Vibri in front of those who longed for but could not have. It was to make a point about having the courage, and talent, to break the mold. To do what your heart demands. To me Vib Ribbon — well, to be honest, Nanaonsha for that matter — has always been committed to that ideal. An ideal I wish to celebrate.
And finally Shawn left us with this interesting quote regarding what it takes to bring a game like Vib Ribbon to digital store shelves.
Sometimes games like Vib Ribbon require backing and belief that do not comport with the marketing wisdom of the day, or the forecasted financial upside. Sometimes you get behind a project because, well, you gotta believe.
Vib Ribbon is coming out tomorrow on PS3 and Vita with an eventually PS4 release later in the year.