PS Vita developers were not adequately informed of the PSN Store’s impending closure
Because of the news, one PS Vita developer has cancelled their upcoming project.
The PlayStation Store for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation Vita is coming to an end, and while not many people are still making games for the PS3 or PSP these days, there are still plenty of Vita games in the works. And, according to their creators, they heard about the PSN closures at the same time as the rest of the world.
Lillymo Games announced on March 29, the same day IGN posted on the PlayStation Store closure, that the Vita edition of its next game would be cancelled because the store would close before the game was ready for release.
Barry Johnson of Lillymo Games told IGN in a direct message that the studio was “not warned in any way” about the Vita store closure. Johnson claims that they only bought a second Vita devkit last month.
“When we found out about it through that storey at TheGamer, we contacted Sony for clarification and received no response. We heard, along with the rest of the world, that we will have to cancel our next game’s Vita version.”
TheGamer, which first posted on the closure of the PlayStation store for legacy Sony consoles, also spoke with a number of developers working on PS Vita games for potential release.
Miguel Sternberg, a game designer at Spooky Squid, is one of those developers. Sternberg is currently working on a Vita version of their game Russian Subway Dogs, and plans to release it before the store closes in August.
In a message to IGN, Sternberg said, “I’ve been working on porting the game to PS4, Xbox One, and Vita, going back and forth every few weeks.” “It was a serious emotional rollercoaster going from being overjoyed about new changes I made [to the Vita port] over the weekend to learning it may be too late to release the game, to now knowing it’s possible but only if I can meet the deadline. For whatever cause, I miss it, and all of my efforts have been in vain!”
Thanks to an email PlayStation sent to developers that IGN collected and independently tested, IGN has discovered what these deadlines look like for Vita developers.
According to this email, the deadline for submitting games to the PS Vita store is July 12, and the deadline for releasing PS Vita content is July 20. The deadline to send a game to Sony’s global quality assurance is July 6, but Sony says slots for review cannot be guaranteed.
The developers have been frustrated by the short timeframe. Johnson believes that there were already problems, such as their games not featuring in the PS Vita store’s latest release section, but the lack of notice was much more shocking.
“It was not something I planned to hear about the store closing from a news storey. I was hoping for a year’s notice to complete all projects,” Johnson laments.
Sternberg considers himself to be in a better situation, since he is close enough to be able to release the game if the deadline is met. However, he believes that the lack of notice has added “a lot of tension and unpredictability” to “what was a fun passion project I was working on while getting ports for the major consoles done.”
“Now I have the option of discarding the job and cancelling the Vita edition, or I can make it my top priority for the next few months and hope nothing unforeseen comes up.”
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