Sony: Vita dev exodus reports 'largely exaggerated'

Sony: Vita dev exodus reports 'largely exaggerated'
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

February 16th 2012 at 1:11PM

'There are many third party developers and publishers feverishly working on titles' says Sony VP Scott Rohde

Sony has launched a staunch defence of its PS Vita handheld amidst rumours that developers are cancelling projects for the platform in favour of Nintendo’s 3DS.

Speaking to Gamasutra, Sony VP of worldwide studios Scott Rohde said that reports from Japanese website Nikkei of a developer exodus were “extreme” and untrue.

He said that many developers and publishers were supportive of the handheld and were creating games for it.

"I did not see that quote, but you see extremist quotes like that all the time," said Rohde.

"I mean, obviously, there is no way anyone could stand in front of a camera and say that all developers are changing focus from one platform to another, no matter what it is."

He added the story was “largely exaggerated”, and he knew of “many, many, many third party developers and publishers feverishly working on Vita titles”.

He said that such stories and changing industry trends did not concern him “whatsoever” and it was natural for platforms to rise and fall in popularity throughout their lifespans.

"There's always going to be the hot platform of the moment in our industry, there's always going to be reason to talk about a story like that,” he said.

Launching next week in Europe and the US, Sony's Vita handheld has sold more than half a million units in Japan since its release on December 17th.

The console giant also said last month that 70 titles were currently in development for the platform.