The lights are on
Despite the bad rap that PlayStation Vita has been getting
as of late, developer Brian Provinciano (creator of Retro City Rampage) says
that indie developers should give the system a second look. He also says that
the Vita version of RCR has been the most successful.
In a tweet he sent today, Provinciano stated: "Indies
should definitely jump onto the PS Vita. RCR's sold much more on PSN than XBLA
and more on PS Vita than even PS3."
After some of his followers asked questions regarding
whether that included versions of RCR released for free to PlayStation Plus
subscribers, he responded: "This doesn't include PS Plus. It's _SOLD_ far
more on PSN than XBLA. With PS Plus, there are a bajillion more copies out
He also compared PSN sales to RCR's Steam sales:
"Steam's done far better than XBLA too, but PSN has still done the
He also appeared critical of Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade,
tweeting, "[It took] two bouts of 6+ months of pitching, paperwork,
negotiation just to get onto XBLA. It's absurd. They don't make it easy."
and added, "It cost more to do the XBLA version than all other SKUs
combined. Made more on all other platforms. XBLA: 'a learning
Conversely he praised both Nintendo and Sony saying,
"Nintendo's great to work with. Both Sony and Nintendo are welcoming to
It's interesting, and definitely echoes what we've heard
from other indie devs, who seem more and more disenchanted with Xbox Live
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Good for them
Hmmm fascinating ...
the most underrated indie game of 2012... :(
I love playing this game on my Vita. Congrats on the good sales, Provinciano!
Congratulations to Brian Provinciano and I am glad the indie community is opening their eyes about xboxlive. I have RCR on my Vita and is a natural perfect fit.
I'm glad RCR had success with the PS Vita. I really want to buy a Vita and would enjoy if more Indie games developed for it.
This is great news. I saw his tweet yesterday when he said that and I was really happy he did. I enjoy both my handhelds for different reasons and would love to see the Vita be supported more.
I'm still hoping for a repeat of the golden age of the PS2/Gamecube era on the Vita/3DS. Based on what's coming out for the 3DS this year, it seems it might be happening... Come on Sony! Find your voice!
The not including PS+ part surprised me! Really glad to hear it. Felt kinda bad not having to pay for this game even though I love it so.
I'm okay with the Vita becoming an indie destination. Developers of larger-scale experiences are right to stay far away from a system with such a low install base.
That's sort of sad for RCR.
My only problem with the Vita version is the font size.