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

Jan. 25, 2013 | 1:40 p.m.

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Gamers quickly questioned his line of reasoning, arguing that if the title was originally made for the 3DS, surely the larger PS Vita’s screen resolution couldn’t be the issue; even the 3DS XL’s screen is smaller than the PS Vita’s screen.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

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

  1. david goodman says:

    For the evils forgive us for our tresspasses

  2. David says:

    There's also the fact that the Vita is not doing too well in terms of sales so its doubtful making an investment to port to that platform will see a profitable return

    • Deadpool says:

      I disagree, Resident Evil is always a huge seller with a massive fan base that would eat it up if they own a Vita, I would.

    • Phil Adamson says:

      the vita isnt doing well because stupid people like Capcom make up lame excuses for its failure to launch more titles.the Vita is 1 of the best things to happen to gaming it makes up for the horrors of the PSP and its horror set of titles and the 3DS is nothing to brag about its just a DS with improved graphics and a thumbstick.The Vita can handle anything a console can and the PS4 launch video proved that.companys need to get more games onto it and fast

      • Chris says:

        The 3DS is everything there is to brag about. Might be the least powerful, but definitely has a really fun library. I know I will eventually buy a Vita, but for now it would just turn into a dust collector.

  3. Rasheem says:

    This game is what the Vita needs. I really wish Sony would at least make an attempt to convince big name devs that the Vit is a platform worth investing recources in.

  4. Bean Delphiki says:

    lol @ Vita.

  5. cam says:

    Way to stab Vita and PSP fans in the back. Remember, capcom you are the ones who announced Resident Evil PSP in 2009 but never said a word of it later..

  6. safaa says:

    Since h bought up the subject of resident evil thing. If ever quran is bought in the game to be stepped on. This stupid company will be sued.

  7. Derp says:


  8. failtroll69 says:

    this sucks so hard..the vita is an awesome piece of hardware & it gets absolutetly no love & attention from devs!..or sony for that matter. the vita is nothing more than a paper weight at this point..& that is highly disappointing!

  9. Dan says:

    I think Revelations could be a great experience on a handheld, but is a complete waste on a console where there are so many better games to be played. That is what makes this game perfect for the Vita, but Capcom just doesn't get it.

  10. Eng Kew Fong says:


  11. Joseph gaddis says:

    Hello i am 13 and i would like to tell capcom that it’s worth making a copy on the vita, it is the best time to make a resident evil with jack krauisar and leon working together in their old missions mention on resident evil 4, it would be good to have a solo and co op mode: solo you choose between leon or krauisar and co op should bd both of them working together in intense zombie apocalypse, and you could use the touch screen to get out of a zombie grabing you and a mercenaries mode where you can have unlimited or time challenge where you get more time by collecting those tim bonuses, YOUR FANS WILL WORSHIP YOU, JUST MAKE IT RESIDENT EVIL 4 GRAPHICS. Email me please. To: CAPCOM. From: Joseph Gaddis. Cross play with ps3/ps4 would be good but not needed.

  12. Lucifer says:

    I own a vita and it is very upsetting how many games are skipped on it. It is upsetting enough to sell the vita and say the hell with it because at this point it is a paperweight

  13. casey says:

    pls,pls,pls,everyone needs it..

  14. elijah says:

    I have been looking forward to this game forever and now its not even coming out o.o!!!
    I want this so bad for VITA!!!

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