To many gamer’s surprise, the PlayStation Vita is shaping up to have a big 2018. With big publishers like Square Enix and Atlus still supporting the Vita, we’re still finding reasons to pick up our favorite handheld. The PS Vita is getting a slew of upcoming handheld exclusive titles (games released alongside the PS4 versions). Here is a list of the most notable upcoming PS Vita handheld exclusives launching in 2018.

Catherine: Full Body

Catherine was one of the most interesting puzzle games that released last generation. Lucky for us, it’s going to make a comeback on PlayStation platforms in the near future as Catherine: Full Body, Atlus announced earlier today. The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita version is going to feature some brand new content not found in the original release on PS3. Such as:

  • a third Catherine
  • new cutscenes for the previous heroines
  • new endings
  • new events
  • Additionally, there will be some new gameplay mechanics, a new mode, and online battles

Explore the pleasures and horrors of love as Vincent, a man with a hard choice to make: marry his longtime girlfriend Katherine or move on to the incredible blonde he just woke up next to—named Catherine! But beware! Make the wrong choice, and you could end up dead. Delving into themes of free will, and the delicate nature of relationships and the choices we make, this action-adventure/puzzle game is an experience unlike any to come before it.

Catherine: Full Body has only been announced for Japan so far, so there ‘s the chance that the game will also hit other platforms in the West.

Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night & Persona 5: Dancing Star Night

Atlus and P Studio is currently developing a pair of Persona dancing spinoff titles, Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night, for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita next year. Both games are set to launch on both platform in the spring of 2018 — still, no official US release date but Atlus is more than likely going to bring the two dance games to the states.

Both Persona dancing games are being developed by the lead staff of Persona 4: Dancing All Night, which hit PlayStation Vita in 2015. We loved Persona 4: Dancing All Night, we said:

Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a celebration for the end of the P4 era. We’ve watched this group of best friends grow up and mold into different people than we expected, and this is your final goodbye. The music is outstanding, with many songs that will lift your spirits and smother you with mass amounts of Persona nostalgia. I highly recommend this game to any rhythm game fan, and especially to Persona fans.

There aren’t many details on the two new Persona dancing games, but a pair of trailers shows the main characters — including Junpei, Yukari, and Aigis from Persona 3 and Joker, Ryuji, Ann and Makato from Persona 5 — dancing to some remixed music. We can assume that these dancing spinoffs will include a brand-new story that features the lovable casts of Persona 3 and Persona 5.

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory is an upcoming JRPG developed by Media.Vision and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for the PS4 and PS Vita. It’s the sequel to 2015’s Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, which was sort of the Vita owner’s answer to Pokemon. The title will be released on December 21, 2017 in Japan, and worldwide in 2018. The game shares elements and locations from its predecessor, while featuring a new story and an expanded amount of Digimon creatures the player can collect. Like Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, Hacker’s Memory game does feature English voice-over.

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory shares mechanics and locations from its predecessor — and adds a new story and an expanded amount of Digimon creatures the player can collect. Like its predecessor, this game does not have English dub.

We here at Enthusiast Gaming were fans of Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, we said:

…it’s a really solid game, and well worth checking out even if you haven’t played a Digimon game before and don’t remember the show all that well. If you like Pokemon you’ll probably like this game, especially if you find the former has grown stale over the years. If you wish for a monster collecting RPG on PlayStation systems that treads on the nostalgia for old Japanese IPs, then look no further.

Hacker’s Memory takes place in the same world as the original Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth: a near-future version of Shibuya, Japan where an advanced form of the internet known as Cyberspace Eden allows users to physically enter. You play as Keisuke Amazawa who gets his Eden Account stolen in a phishing invasion. After the identity theft leaves him accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he joins a group of hackers called “Hudie” and delves into the depths of Eden to find the real culprit. In his journey, you’ll befriend Digimon and use them to battle with. Characters from the original Cyber Sleuth such as Fei and her partner TigerVespamon from the hacker group Zaxon also appear, showing a previously unseen side of their story from the previous title.

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is an upcoming 2D sci-fi mecha game developed by Vanillaware and published by Atlus. The game is set for release on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. While the game was confirmed to launch in the US, Atlus hasn’t announced an official release date.13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim follows the themes of surging despair and the demise of everyday life following a destructive catastrophe.

Directed by George Kamitani, 13 Sentinels is a pretty big departure from what VanillaWare is known for (traditional fantasy styled games) — Taking place in a modern setting featuring giant mechs. According to Atlus, while the world “may be bleak,”…

“VanillaWare’s signature artistic shine and gorgeous aesthetics will bring the characters and story of 13 Sentinels to life.”

Why is this a notable PS Vita handheld exclusive? Since the PlayStation Vita launched, VanillaWare has supported the console from the get-go. They have released exquisite titles like Muramasa: Rebirth, Dragon’s Crown, and most recently the fantastic Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir. Over the years VanillaWare has earned itself a small, but vocal PS Vita gamer following. I’m almost certain this game is sure to be a hit on PS4/PS Vita.

Secret of Mana

 Secret of Mana being announced for the PlayStation Vita was a huge surprise to me. With other recent JRPGs being announced on PS4 and Nintendo Switch, I expected that trend to continue with Square Enix. However, Square Enix is once again catering to the niche PS Vita crowd. I have personally never gotten around to playing this beloved classic, so this new version of the game is made for people like me. The game will launch digitally on PS Vita and PS4 on February 15th, 2018.

The PlayStation Blog has a bunch more information on the remake that I’ll quote below.

The game will faithfully adapt the beloved story and top-down gameplay while adopting modern 3D graphics and controls. Meaning that the game has been fully rebuilt from the ground up, but still remains true to the whimsical gameplay of the original. In this new remake, you can expect the great game all your friends have been saying you missed out on, reborn.

  • VOICED CHARACTERS: That’s right, you heard Randi in the trailer and you’ll finally get to hear Randi, Primm, Popoi and many other characters talk and express themselves throughout their adventure!To add to that, the game will have language options which will allow players to experience the game using Japanese voices and/or subtitles.
  • A NEWLY ARRANGED SOUNDTRACK: We’re excited for you to hear a beautiful, newly arranged soundtrack that pays tribute to the original.
  • LOCAL MULTIPLAYER: Yes! Sit down with two of your friends (up to three players) to experience the adventure together.”

Let’s Not Forget The Small (But Heavy-hitting) Titles

While the PS Vita is getting some big titles from large publishers, the handheld is also receiving a handful of highly anticipated indie games. (Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Stardew Valley, and more!)

Are you looking forward to any of these PlayStation Vita games? Be sure to leave all your thoughts in the comments section below, or on our social media page!

3 Comments

  1. Some good stuff. I gotta get another Vita.

  2. And definitely more to come.

  3. > The game shares elements and locations from its predecessor, while featuring a new story and an expanded amount of Digimon creatures the player can collect. Like Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, Hacker’s Memory game does feature English voice-over.

    >Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker’s Memory shares mechanics and locations from its predecessor — and adds a new story and an expanded amount of Digimon creatures the player can collect. Like its predecessor, this game does not have English dub.

    u wot

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