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Q&A with Shuhei Yoshida: Second PlayStation Vita is very unlikely; Killzone remastered bundle; Wipeout possible

The mobile gaming market is "not healthy" for a second PS Vita, but Killzone remastered and Wipeout could be a possibility.

At Europe's EGX gaming event today, Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios, stated a PlayStation Vita successor would be very unlikely.

Yoshida went on record to say a new PlayStation Vita would be a bad idea in the current market - games on smartphones and tablets are too prolific:

"So I hope, like many of you, that this culture of playing portable games continues, but the climate is not healthy for now because of the huge dominance of mobile gaming."

Part of the problem is that many games on smartphones and tablets are free-to-play, or free to start playing. PlayStation Vita games are also just more complicated. Mobile gaming is simply touching a screen, but the Vita includes analog sticks and buttons. 

However, he didn't just deliver bad news. He also stated that a Killzone remastered bundle, similar to the Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection, could be a possibility. He estimated that only half of PlayStation 4 users owned a PS3, which means remastered bundles are a great way to catch them up on past franchises.

A new Wipeout game is also very possible. Developer Sony Liverpool closed, but Yoshida claimed Sony has a "never say never" attitude for bringing the Wipeout series back. This is apparently true for all dormant Sony properties.

Be sure to check out the full Q&A below.

Published Sep. 26th 2015
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    While a remaster of Killzone would be great, it'd be better for them to remake the first two games to be in line with Killzone 3. Killzone 1 was sluggish at best, and Killzone 2 is so barebones that the inclusion of a few new mechanics (and some better level design) would be welcome. Killzone 3 they can leave as-is though, save for better textures and higher poly models.

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