Developers surprised by Vita store closure
Sony recently announced that the PlayStation Store for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita will close — to the surprise of several developers.
The Vita store will close on August 27th, meaning no new digital purchases can be made although any games you own can still be downloaded. The news has led to the cancellation of several games in development for the handheld.
Uneconomical: Games can still be released in physical editions but considering the expense of pressing, packaging, and distributing physical media, it would be hard for many if not most developers to recoup costs. The only way to resume digital distribution for Vita is to include cross-buy with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 games.
Final countdown: One studio was more than half done with their latest Vita dungeon crawler, and is working “really hard to finish them and go through certification” before the deadline. Tikipod will also launch their biggest Vita game yet this month.