A game talked up to be a potential ‘system seller’ is one thrown around all too often for our liking. Sure, Resistance might well be an enjoyable, if slightly mediocre, Sony-exclusive first-person-shooter. But a system seller? LittleBigPlanet, though adored by us and many Sony fans alike, is unlikely to be considered in the same vein as God Of War, Gran Turismo or Uncharted when trying to summate what it is has allowed the PS3 to claw back Xbox 360’s early sales success. A ‘system seller’ by rights doesn’t come around too often, but when it does it can make all the difference in the world. Now confirmed for the autumn, Call of Duty’s debut on the Vita might well be (and we believe it definitely will be) Sony's crowning glory for its follow-up to the PlayStation Portable (PSP).
Although a Call of Duty title for the device was known to be in the works, Activision has not revealed any more about the FPS juggernaut's first fully-fledged entry onto a hand-held. But PlayStation's senior vice president of brand marketing, Guy Longsworth, has let slip that the game will be making its way to us this autumn. He told Geoff Keighley in an interview with GTTV, “Of course in the autumn, [my teenage sons are] really looking forward to Call of Duty on Vita. And we think that's going to be an absolute game-changer for the platform.” He's right to think so; a core, console-like experience of Call of Duty on the go has the potential to be huge. Think Monster Hunter's influence within Japan.
Out this week, the PlayStation Vita is being heavily backed to flop; a combination of poor early performance in Japan, its high price point at launch (around £215) and the muted decline in the popularity of traditional hand-held gaming amidst 69p Apps and cheap-as-chips downloadable titles. But we think differently. With its quad-core processor, high-resolution OLED screen, rear touch pad, touchscreen and six-axis control, the hand-held offers a gaming experience on the move unlike any other – like the PS3 experience condensed for your way to work. Sony will hope Call of Duty's entry on Vita will further help prove the doubters wrong.
On console shores, rumours circulating regarding a Treyarch return to Black Ops are only gathering further credibility. A listing for Black Ops 2 has recently been spotted on Amazon France, while earlier this week an employee of contract art studio Nerve Software posted on his LinkedIn online CV he had worked on 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 2' from last October 2011 through to present. Activision, meanwhile, registered a number of domains concerning Black Ops sequels last year including, you guessed it, Black Ops 2.