2D Shooter Not A Hero PS Vita Port Canceled, PS4 Edition Gets Release Date

"We love the PS Vita but there were technical hurdles that prevented the Not A Hero port."

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OlliOlli developer Roll7 today announced key details about its upcoming pixel art-inspired 2D shooter Not A Hero pertaining to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions.

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First, the UK developer announced that the PS4 edition will arrive on February 2 through the PlayStation Network for $13.

The other piece of news is that, unfortunately, the PlayStation Vita version has been canceled. "We love the PS Vita but there were technical hurdles that prevented the Not A Hero port," publisher Devolver Digital said on Twitter.

In a statement on Roll7's website, the developer said "making games work [on PlayStation Vita] is incredibly hard, especially as it's basically a miniscule television hiding inside an obese DS4 controller."

The developer added, jokingly:

"In the end, we tried simply copying the whole game onto a 3.5" floppy disk and jamming it into the back of the Vita, but this caused dangerous overheating and one of our test kits exploded, killing the entire Not a Hero Vita Programming team in a fully upsetting and totally avoidable fireball of nasty burning. Initially, we thought it was baddies what had done it, but it turned out to just be our team's own fantastic ineptitude. It was at this juncture our lawyers advised us to abandon the port and come up with an elaborate excuse for its cancellation."

In Not A Hero, you play as an assassin-turned-amateur campaign manager named Steve, tasked with cleaning up a city under orders from a time-travelling rabbit. The game was released on PC last year.

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Ripper_TV

TRANSLATION: we crunched the numbers and it became clear that the Vita version won't make any money and we're cowards to say it like it is.

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Ripper_TV

"In a statement on Roll7's website, the developer said "making games work [on PlayStation Vita] is incredibly hard, especially as it's basically a miniscule television hiding inside an obese DS4 controller.""

WHat? You're a disgrace, developer!

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Ripper_TV

Tech hurdles, namely arms growing out of their asses. Surely a game like this would EASILY run on a Citizen calculator.

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paperwarior

Already bought on PC, but still, too bad. It's a fun game.

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NoahRoalson

So glad I sold my Vita for a 3DS.

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beowulf1211

Translation: Not worth the effort. Its a dead system.

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Tangsta03

@beowulf1211: LOL at all the people defending the Vita. The 3DS has been destroying it since day 1, even Sony has abandoned AAA games for it. It really is dead, it's time to accept that and move on. You guys remind me of the ardent Nintendo fans who still think the Wii U has a chance! :)

Don't get me wrong, though, I think in terms of hardware, the Vita is 10x the system the 3DS is, but Nintendo has all the best handheld franchises, you can't compete with that unless you can perform multiple miracles.

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Silverline62

@Tangsta03: Well yeah, I like to see sony fanboys suffer sometimes, they're pretty annoying.

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hystavito

@Tangsta03: I don't think the Nintendo franchises really make the difference because I don't think the Vita was ever really in direct competition with the 3DS, not to any large extent anyway. I always felt like the entire DS line was mostly successful with kids, while the Vita was much more aimed at adults and there it failed as most adults simply don't want a handheld gaming system, especially with the rise of smartphones.

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Tangsta03

@hystavito: I think you'll be surprised how many 3DS owners are adults. :)

The PSP/Vita has always targeted hardcore gamers, and simply put there just aren't enough games to make the system compelling. I hate the 3DS but I love the games on the system. The games have always been the reason to pick up a dedicated gaming handheld rather than spend time on the nonsense on smartphones.

The fact that the 3DS is still doing well despite the supremacy of smartphones is proof that properly made games are still in demand, so smartphone games aren't to blame at all.

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GKMoggleMog

@beowulf1211: 10 games have been released on Vita in the last 4 months. Over the next 4 months there are 7 other games known to be coming out. And Odin Sphere and a Final Fantasy are on the way. Sony not doing marketing or making exclusives for the system doesn't make it dead. I mean, Sony is doing a horrible job, but Vita is still nowhere near dead.

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cojuelodevil

@gkmogglemog: only indies ports, no original games

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GKMoggleMog

@cojuelodevil: New releases over the last 4 months:

Trails of Cold Steel.

Earth Defense Force 2.

Sword Art Online Last Song.

Norn9.

Xonic.

Code Realize.

Farming Sim 16.

Corpse Party Blood Drive.

Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax (Didn't know about this one till just now, it looks like it has the bartender from Durarara!! as a playable character)

Persona Dancing All Night.

I didn't even count the indie ports. But why would you think the system is dead if it were getting indies on it? Indies are usually the best games that come out these days.

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Silverline62

@gkmogglemog: ''Indies are usually the best games that come out these days.'' You can keep playing that, I will be playing Bravely Default, FF Explorers, Dragon Quest VII, VIII & XI, Hyrule Warriors, Stella Glow and other AAA games on my 3DS.

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GKMoggleMog

@Silverline62: Why would you think you can't have a 3DS when you have a Vita? Your comment is completely random and has no thought to it.

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Silverline62

@gkmogglemog: Well, because it's simply not worth it. Not even Sony is supporting it anymore.

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cojuelodevil

@gkmogglemog: Are any of those enough to justify the purchase? (i have a vita)

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GKMoggleMog

@cojuelodevil: The huge amount of games on the Vita already, plus the games constantly being released, the indie support, and the PS1/PSP games are enough to justify buying or owning a Vita imo.

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PutASpongeOn

@cojuelodevil: It's doing better than the wii u.

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cojuelodevil

@putaspongeon: I think the Ouya is doing better than the wiiu, Nintendo is just focus on 3ds and NX just like Sony is only focus on ps4 and PSVR.

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cojuelodevil

"We love the PS Vita but there were technical hurdles that prevented the Not A Hero port,"

Translation: Sony is not supporting vita