UPDATE: Sony has finally confirmed that Zipper Interactive is no more.
Eurogamer plays PlayStation Vita's exclusive new shooter.
Where does the character of a game reside? If it's in the art and the scene-setting, then Unit 13's a bit of a non-starter. Its levels offer pretty variations on some standard shooter environments, its mission objectives are pure empty-headed Clancy, and its titular squad of elite heroes (with the exception of the elderly Zeus, who looks a little like a chummy bird-watcher who's stumbled into the combat zone by accident) are all khakis, shades and gun belts. You'll often forget who you're meant to be playing as - even while you're watching them sneak into enemy territory.
If character's found in the feel of a game, though - in the tone of an encounter, the weight of a weapon and the thrill of a downed foe - then Sony's latest isn't doing too badly at all. Look past the visuals, ignore all of the scrolling text, block out the voice that's chattering in your ear-piece, and you've suddenly got a tense and tactical asymmetrical combat treat that delivers a smart range of commute-friendly thrills.
In fact, yank out absolutely all of the fiction and you're looking at a promising template for a third-person Die Hard game. Stepping away from the cluttered battlefields of MAG, Zipper's new blaster revels in a sense of thrifty loneliness. It's one of you (or two, in co-op) against an awful lot of them. And while there's levelling to be done, multipliers to be maximised and unlocks to be earned long-term, for the most part this is all about sneaking around, adapting to whatever the designers throw at you and surviving from one headshot to the next.
Unit 13, the new Vita IP from MAG/Socom developer Zipper Interactive, launches in Europe on 7th March, publisher Sony has announced.
A surprise addition to the Vita's line-up last November, it's a third person military shooter specifically designed for bite-sized portable play.
It drops the player in various contemporary settings and tasks them with dispatching terrorists, dictators, gunrunners, warlords and drug traffickers.
Launch shooter from Socom/MAG dev Zipper Interactive.
SOCOM developer shooting for Vita launch.
UPDATE: More details on MotorStorm RC have appeared courtesy of the PlayStation Blog. Rather than the full racing experience of its predecessors, it features miniature remote-controlled cars.
As the Vita version, it'll also be available for PlayStation 3 users as a PSN download. A single purchase grants you access to both versions.
Take a look at the trailer below for more.
UPDATE According to Sony's PlayStation Blog, Super Stardust Delta and Gravity Rush will also be available from launch.
ORIGINAL STORY: Sony has announced its first party PlayStation Vita launch line-up for Europe.
Among the SCEE-published titles on shelves from 22nd February are Uncharted: Golden Abyss, WipEout 2048, ModNation Racers: Road Trip and a previously unannounced MotorStorm title.