Konami: no castlevania LoS mirror of fate vita due to lack of stereoscopic 3D

#1xfactorPosted 1/29/2013 4:58:45 AM
http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/PS+Vita/Castlevania%3A+Lords+of+Shadow+-+Mirror+of+Fate/news.asp?c=48132

Konami "seriously considered" releasing Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate on PS Vita, but decided to keep the side-scrolling adventure a 3DS exclusive.

Why?

Well, it's all down to the Vita's pesky two-dimensional screen.

Vampire slaying in three dimensions

"The Vita could have run the game no problem, and we did seriously consider it as a platform" the game's producer, Dave Cox, told Pocket Gamer.

"But when we saw the game on 3DS and how it looked with the 3D, it made us realise we could never replicate that on another system."


Why is this game not on Vita? Tell me!

Cox reckons that you'll want to keep the 3D slider switched on during Mirror of Fate.

"We have carefully considered every angle, every shot, every vista to totally show off the 3D effect," Cox said.

The Vita beater

"I'm not knocking the Vita," Cox stated, "but if we were to develop a game on that console, we would really focus on the Vita's core strengths. The Vita game would be very different from a version for 3DS."

Previously, Capcom said it would not port Resident Evil: Revelations to Vita because the two handheld consoles are "extremely different beasts".

Check back soon to read our full interview with Cox, where he talks about leaving behind the Castlevania legacy, ditching the Metroidvania approach, and bringing back Alucard.
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#2Raven-ZPosted 1/29/2013 5:06:16 AM
That's stupid. Maybe if the game needed 3D as a core gameplay concept it would make sense, but you can switch off 3D and still play just fine. 3D is not essential.
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#3Megaman OmegaPosted 1/29/2013 5:18:34 AM
But but but but gimmicks!
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#4FindmeElseweyrPosted 1/29/2013 5:22:59 AM
And the real reason:

Vita is tanking so hard, even a half-assed port wouldn't make us money.
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#5AvidgamerMikoPosted 1/29/2013 5:24:52 AM
Lousy excuse. I can't claim to have actual statistics but most of the people I know who have a 3DS already leave it off most of the time. They just ocassionally turn it on to see what it looks like. I can agree with this, the 3D requires a very steady and specific viewing angle. And unless It's during a cutscene I tend not to even notice it while I'm focusing on the game itself.
#6xfactor(Topic Creator)Posted 1/29/2013 6:09:22 AM
Perhaps stereoscopic 3d is an essential part of the game?
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#7monkeyspoonPosted 1/29/2013 6:10:02 AM
High res graphics are better than 3D. Truth is they would have to rework every model and texture before putting it on vita. Low res 3DS graphics look awful on a high res vita screen.
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#8Shadowfxd2Posted 1/29/2013 6:16:29 AM
From: monkeyspoon | #007
High res graphics are better than 3D. Truth is they would have to rework every model and texture before putting it on vita. Low res 3DS graphics look awful on a high res vita screen.


Vita is low res itself. My phone has 720p and my Tablet. The Vita would look awful on the tablet and maybe ok on the phone. Anyways downing another machine is fun, right?
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#9DarthFloatyPosted 1/29/2013 6:19:27 AM
FindmeElseweyr posted...
And the real reason:

Vita is tanking so hard, even a half-assed port wouldn't make us money.


This. While the game would run great and look fine on the Vita (it's somewhat higher res screen might make things look a touch better), Konami wouldn't make a single cent, I'd imagine.

Shame. I hope Killzone turns into a sleeper hit and helps the system get some legs under it.
#10AnclationPosted 1/29/2013 6:31:17 AM
FindmeElseweyr posted...
And the real reason:

Vita is tanking so hard, even a half-assed port wouldn't make us money.


Pretty much. Horrible hardware sales and even worse software sales will usually cause third parties to not support a console, though Konami, like Capcom, is trying to be polite about it (and just like Capcom, their official explanation is hardly convincing).

That said, 3D is pretty sweet, I always play my 3DS games with the 3D on max and have no notable issues with ghosting or anything of the sort.