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January 25, 2013

‘Resident Evil: Revelations’ skips the PS Vita; here’s why

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A year after “Resident Evil: Revelations” found success as a Nintendo 3DS exclusive, the handheld game is being ported to every major video console — that is, every one except the PlayStation Vita.

Capcom announced this week that the zombie horror survival game was coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC on May 21 in the U.S. and May 24 in Britain. Notably missing from the list is the PS Vita.

So why did PlayStation’s slick handheld console get snubbed? Capcom product manager Mike Lunn weighed in on PlayStation’s official blog.

“When we were developing ‘Revelations’ for new platforms we really wanted to hone in on the experience you get with a large format screen, surround sound, etc.,” Lunn wrote in response to an inquiry from a fan. “This type of setup really helps players get sucked into the horror vibe and enjoy the game to its fullest extent.”

Gamers quickly questioned his line of reasoning, arguing that if the title was originally made for the 3DS, surely the larger PS Vita’s screen resolution couldn’t be the issue; even the 3DS XL’s screen is smaller than the PS Vita’s screen.

“3DS and PS-vita infrastructure let alone developing games for them are extremely different beasts,” Lunn responded. “Even just the screens as you mention are completely different resolutions/functions.”

“Revelations,” released last February, received praise for its return to the slower pace of the earlier “Resident Evil” games. Set between “Resident Evil 4” and “Resident Evil 5,” the game follows protagonists Jill Valentine and her partner, Parker Luciani, as they track down Chris Redfield and his new partner, Jessica Sherawat, and unravel a bioterrorist conspiracy.

Jill and Parker are investigating an abandoned cruise ship, the Queen Zenobia, when mutants rear their ugly heads.

The console version will add an extra difficulty mode, a new enemy and other new content, the opportunity to play as different characters, improvements to the game’s Raid mode and full integration with ResidentEvil.net, where players can track their stats.

“Revs is not just a ‘filter’ slapped on the previous version,” Lunn wrote. “Our team literally went in and re-textured (sometimes recreated in whole) the models used for this version so rest assured it will look fantastic.”

“Resident Evil: Revelations” will cost $49.99.

— Noelene Clark


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