Sales for the PlayStation Vita have hit an all-time low in Japan following weeks of lukewarm reception for the new handheld, and a recent Nikkei web report painted an even gloomier portrait by quoting an anonymous industry source when it claimed third party developers were not only cancelling Vita projects and pulling support for the platform this early in its lifecycle, but are switching gears to Nintendo's 3DS instead.
We know, we know, what sort of signifigance should be applied to "anonymous" claims, but Sony Computer Entertainment saw fit to address the comment when pressed about it by Gamasutra. Sony Worldwide Studios senior VP Scott Rohde denies that major Japanese studios are jumping the Vita ship and sailing for 3DS waters, believing the Nikkei report is "largely exaggerated":
"I know many, many, many third party developers and publishers are feverishly working on Vita titles, not just for now, but for the foreseeable future.
"There's always going to be the hot platform of the moment in our industry. There's always going to be reason to talk about a story like that. You can, whatever -- rewind two years ago. Every developer was you knew was selling -- going towards -- I was going to say 'selling their soul', it almost came out -- to go build games for Zynga and the Facebook platform. And there's another time when you see everyone is going to do smaller iPad games, or iOS games in general. Then it was PS3, it was 360, it's Vita, it's 3DS. It's always, constantly changing. It's not something that concerns me whatsoever."
The "Early Edition" Vita bundles have already launched for the early adopters who put down the cash for them, while the official North American launch for the handheld is still scheduled for next Wednesday.