Naughty Dog passing on PS Vita

Uncharted developer waiting for "the right handheld" to emerge before developing portable games, but "won't say never."


Uncharted developer Naughty Dog has never created a portable game, and that isn't changing with the PlayStation Vita. Studio community manager Arne Meyer confirmed recently that the developer is not working on anything for the PS Vita and is waiting for "the right handheld" before it takes its first step into the portable gaming market.

Naughty Dog remains focused on console game development.
Naughty Dog remains focused on console game development.

"I hate to sound like a treading the line spin-meister here, but I've said that traditionally consoles have played to our strengths--and desires to push the utmost limit of resources and memory our tech and engine," he said in a forum post on NeoGAF. "That can change with the right handheld, as why I said I won't ever say 'never' but we hadn't encountered that yet."

Meyer did not shut the door on the PS Vita altogether, saying, "I won't say never, ever, but there's no plans for it right now."

Meyer's post was in response to statements made by a Sony marketing manager, who indicated that all of the company's studios were working on something for the PS Vita. Uncharted: Golden Abyss shipped for the PS Vita last week, but development on the project was handled by Sony Bend.

Naughty Dog is presently at work developing the PlayStation 3-exclusive survival game The Last of Us, which is due out late this year or early next.

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