Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, recently briefly discussed the PlayStation Vita’s future with the PlayStation Blog. Yoshida says that, personally, he’s most excited about seeing smaller developers working on the device, pointing out Sound Shapes as his Vita game of choice.

 

“It’s made by Jonathan Mak who created Everyday Shooter all by himself, designing the graphics and even composing the music,” Yoshida shares. “With this new game he has some huge ambitions: he has even hired a couple of people! I’m a fan of these small developers.”

 

“The best thing,” he continues, “is that they have experience in every part of planning, developing and releasing. It’s not like they have left school and gone to work in a team of 100, only ever working on one particular aspect of their game. They don’t follow the traditional game conventions; some of them are very vocal about trying to break those rules. They are the next generation and they will be changing the landscape of gaming long after I have retired.”

 

Unlike PSP, Yoshida says that Sony will continue to support the Vita well after launch, instead of shifting their resources to another platform. They also plan to develop more original games that take advantage of features like augmented reality and the rear touch panel. Sony currently have a plan in place for the Vita up to 2013.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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