Everybody had given up on the Viking RPG’s release for the PlayStation Vita once Stoic got tricked by the company supposed to port it. However, in a strange move, despite giving up on the console, Sony decides to help PS Vita port of The Banner Saga.
Sony’s helping hand
After Stoic was left to wonder why they still had to pay the company that promised to help them port their highly beloved title despite their failure to deliver on their promises, many people thought that to be the end of The Banner Saga.
Even though the company hired another company, Versus Evil, to continue their ports, they had to abandon the PS Vita port due to staff and budget limitations.
Cue Sony, as the company decided to help Stoic develop the game for its newest and possibly last handheld gaming platform.
As of yet, the details of the arrangements still remains unknown, however it’s safe to assume that Sony will be helping Versus evil with some of the development costs in exchange for a cut of the final launch profits.
Previously, Stoic had paid a different company to handle its ports of The Banner Saga, but the company gave up on the project, and still insisted on getting paid.
After such a failure and a huge loss of funds, Stoic decided to hire a different company in August to resume the development of the game for other platforms. To put things into perspective, the game was initially supposed to come out on Vita in July 2015.
Due to a very small development team, Stoic couldn’t afford to have all the ports they wanted, with the Stoic Technical director, John Watson, saying that he would have liked the game on PS Vita himself, but they unfortunately couldn’t afford it.
This is where Sony came in, and performing a difficult to understand move, they officially saved the PS Vita version of the game, despite previous statements.
PS Vita – is or has-been?
The move by Sony is most likely only motivated by immediate profit, as the company kind of gave up on the PlayStation Vita, claiming that there isn’t really a market for it, and officially terminating all first party development for the platform.
At least that was their initial statement.
In a later discussion, the company clarified, saying that they won’t be ceasing all development for the PS Vita, just that of triple A games. What this means for the platform remains to be seen.
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