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Sony: Vita software schedule planned out up to 2013

Pledges superior support compared to PSP.

Sony has its software release schedule for the PlayStation Vita sketched out into 2013, according to Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida.

Yoshida told the PlayStation Blog that it generally plans software three years in advance, but the ease of development on the Vita might mean it can squeeze a few more titles in before then that are currently not on the slate.

"We have a fairly firm plan right up to 2013 but, because PS Vita gives us the opportunity to work on smaller titles like Escape Plan and Sound Shapes, I'm certain we will end up working on more games than we even know about at this moment," he explained.

"On top of the launch line-up, we have already announced LittleBigPlanet, Resistance: Burning Skies, ModNation: Road Trip, and Killzone."

He added that Sony has learned from mistakes made following the PSP launch where it switched focus to the PlayStation 3 soon after release, leaving its handheld starved of first party software.

"In the past we launched PSP and then shifted our attention to PS3 when that came on the horizon, which we now concede was a mistake. So with PS Vita we are working on this huge range titles and planning ahead for a constant supply of excellent games."

Sony's new handheld lands on these shores on 22nd February 2012, following its Japanese launch last week.

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