Where Is Silent Hill: Origins & Silent Hill: Shattered Memories On The PS Vita?
On April 17th Konami announced exciting news for fans of Silent Hill and for PS Vita owners when they revealed that Silent Hill: Origins and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories will be coming to the PS Vita for Europe. Ok they might not be enhanced HD editions of the game, but Silent Hill fans alike we’re happy and excited at the prospect of playing these titles on the PS Vita, especially for those that do not own a PSP.
On April 17th Konami released the first of two ‘official press releases’ saying:
Konami Digital Entertainment B.V will soon unleash the ultimate horror double bill for PlayStation®Vita with Silent Hill: Origins and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories set for release via the PlayStation®Network service. Release date will be announced shortly.
Previously available for Sony’s PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, the two games are priced at just £7.99/9, 95 Euro each and offer a very different take on KONAMI’s legendary Silent Hill series.
Along with the press release, Konami even tweeted this announcement. This alone is confirmation that both titles would be coming to the PS Vita in the EU, there’s no reason to question them what so ever at this point. Then to add further confirmation on April 28th they released the second and final ‘official press release’:
On April 17th, we announced that the scary duo Silent Hill: Origins and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories would be making their way to the PlayStation Vita via the PlayStation Network. We can now happily reveal that these two Silent Hill titles are out today!
Still at this point there’s no need to question them and fans we’re getting even more excited to play these titles on the PS Vita. But as it turned out despite the press release saying that it will release “Today!” (April 28th), it just so happened to actually release on April 30th (Wednesday is a standard PSN EU release day, so again there’s no need to question) or so we thought. Silent Hill: Origins and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories did release on the EU PSN, don’t get me wrong, but oddly they were released as PSP only!
Now it seems that neither of these titles will be releasing for the PS Vita anytime soon, regardless of the TWO press releases released by Konami announcing that these titles WILL be coming to the PS Vita. There’s not even been so much of a press release to announce this sudden change. The best we’ve had in terms of any kind of announcement is a Twitter response when a fan asked them if the now released PSP games were playable on PS Vita, as seen with the tweet below.
@tall_dave Regretfully the games aren’t available on PlayStation Vita we’re afraid. If this changes however, we will let you know!
— Konami UK (@KonamiUK) April 30, 2014
Then further confirmation became apparent that these titles were no longer coming to the PS Vita when on the Playstation Blog, Playstations Jawad Ashraf confirmed it was “PSP Only.”
Personally I believe this is very disappointing news and a major lack of regard to loyal fans, whether this is down to Konami changing their minds or Sony, I’m not sure, but to be frank it’s out of order anyway. I myself purchased PSN credit on the Wednesday (the day it was expected to finally release) and this is something that I do often for when games release on the Wednesday for PSN and like I said before, due to the two official press releases I had no reason to doubt or question Konami or Sony
I’m sure there will be plenty of items that I can spend my £17 credit on, but that’s beside the point and you can bet your bottom dollar that as soon as I spend that credit, both games will probably then release on PSN. I’m not sure if I’ve come across something like this before and the decision alone to release these on the PSP only is just mind baffling, especially in the age of the PS Vita, I just cannot see the logic in this odd u-turn.
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