December will mark the first year anniversary of the PlayStation Vita, yet Sony is still having trouble finding proper third party support for their new handheld.
Despite its impressive list of features, including a touchscreen and rear touchpad, the Vita doesn't have a particularly strong third party library, with developer support weaker than expected. In a recent interview with PlayStation: The Official Magazine (PTOM), SCE Worldwide Studio president Shuhei Yoshida admitted:
"We’re having a more difficult time than we had anticipated in terms of getting support from third-party publishers, but that’s our job. We will continue to talk to development communities and publishing partners and tell them why Vita can provide a great experience for the IPs they have and I hope the Assassin’s Creed game will prove that."
Yoshida is, of course, referring to Ubisoft's Vita exclusive Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, a handheld spin-off that will be launching the same day as Assassin's Creed III.
He does lay some of the blame on mobile and social gaming, which have risen to popularity at the expense of traditional handheld gaming. Still, Yoshida remains confident that the Vita and PS Mobile will attract the attention it deserves, particularly from smaller independent studios.