[Rumor] LittleBigPlanet Karting and God of War: Ascension Coming To Vita?

Will LittleBigPlanet and God of War: Ascension come to the PlayStation Vita? Should LittleBigPlanet and God of War: Ascension come to the PlayStation Vita?

Whether the gaming  community likes it or not – It’s no secret that Sony is pushing the cross-platform functions as a selling point for their new handheld the PlayStation Vita. Increasingly, games are being announced for the Vita that will also be on the PlayStation 3. For example, recent announcements include those of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time. Both games will have PS3 and PS Vita counterparts, both offering cross-platform saves and for Battle Royale, even cross-platform multiplayer sessions. These are not the only games that have been revealed to use these functions. In addition to games already on the market, out of the 60+ games announced to be coming to the system, a handful are also set to have cross-platform functions in one manner or another – especially when it comes down to PlayStation exclusive titles.

Two big PlayStation exclusive franchises also have new titles in the future: The God of War franchise and LittleBigPlanet series have new games coming to the PlayStation 3 within the next year, God of War: Ascension and LittleBigPlanet Karting. Would it be unreasonable to assume that PlayStation might want these on their handheld as well? It may not be that far fetched and recent rumblings from associates (who shall remain anonymous) this past week have sparked curiosity on my part.

Earlier this year, GameFly listed LittleBigPlanet Karting as a Vita game and the first rumors spawned online about the game coming to the handheld and featuring some sort of cross-platform functions. Soon thereafter, however, GameFly took the listing down and some websites reported that PlayStation representatives replied to inquiries stating,

“LittleBigPlanet Karting is a PS3 game. GameFly is incorrect.”

Thanks to this response and some similar ones, the rumors immediately quieted down. One should note however, there was no denial of the game being on the Vita as well. The representative just craftily restated a fact that we already knew. LittleBigPlanet Karting will be on the PlayStation 3. The addition of “GameFly is incorrect” could also mean that GameFly was not supposed to list it (incorrect in listing), as the game was not formally announced.

Now, there have been no rumors thus far of God of War: Ascension coming to the Vita, however the big franchise has been used as a system seller for both the portable and home entertainment arena before.

So, let’s get to the point. If you are familiar with the PlayStation Vita’s PSN store setup, you would know that it is pretty Vita-centric. Even when it comes to the media section of the PSN, the only videos on there are for Vita games (save for PSN programming such as Pulse and The Tester Season 3). That is, the only videos on there were Vita games until the past week.

In what I found to be an odd turn of events, Sony has added two new videos to the list on the Vita’s PSN store: LittleBigPlanet Karting and God of War: Ascension – as highlighted below in screens. (Click to enlarge)

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This is odd for a couple of reasons. In contrast to what you may find on the PlayStation 3’s PSN store, the Vita’s PSN store only has content for the Vita under the Game section. Under the media tab, there are only videos for Vita games and PlayStation’s Pulse and The Tester Season 3. With the past week of E3, the store was updated with an E3 tab in the media section. Under the E3 tab, you will find three categories – E3 Day 1, E3 Day 3, and E3 Sizzle Video. E3 Day 3 and E3 Sizzle Video have the exact same content, the PS3/Vita game montages. Day 1 stands out though as seen in the image above. Day 1 has three items two of which are confirmed PS Vita games. The other, LittleBigPlanet Karting. You may be wondering, what about Day 2? Well upon comparing the Vita PSN store and the PS3’s store, Day 2 on the PS3 only contains PS3 games. This is the likely absence from the Vita store.

You would think if PlayStation was going to put content on the Vita other than Vita media, why would they limit it just to two games? E3 2012 revealed a lot more PS3 games, why weren’t those added as well? Why were LittleBigPlanet Karting and God of War: Ascension singled out and tagged as videos to be added to the Vita’s PlayStation store? Could it be because they are staple franchises for the PlayStation brand? Or something else?

Of course, maybe I was over thinking this. Maybe PlayStation just felt like adding two PlayStation 3 videos to add variety to the PSN store on the Vita. Maybe they just wanted to reach more people to advertise the upcoming games. Or, maybe it was an accident. Maybe.

Then I saw the PlayStation E3 Vita Challenge. This was a little game show where contestants would compete in a series of challenges to win a VIP pass into E3 and a PlayStation Vita prize package. The first episode featured a few challenges. The first challenge was a God of War: Ascension puzzle. Okay, I thought, well maybe it’s just because it’s a PlayStation game. This is a PlayStation show after all. I thought that until I watched the rest of the show and noticed that the other challenges were related to PS Vita exclusive games, Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Gravity Rush. The subsequent episodes had a variation of challenges not exactly Vita only, but still, it was curious.

PlayStation is no stranger to hiding clues to games and announcements in plain sight. Take for example, Michael. The viral PlayStation advertisement that Sony admitted during their E3 2012 conference, was a tease to the upcoming PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Naughty Dog’s hidden clues to The Last of Us in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – and on that same note, the PlayStation Blog’s background was a hint for the game long before there were any rumblings of an announcement. Or even in conversation with PlayStation officials, like our very own “God of War 10 Featuring Fat Princess” hint that we initially overlooked. Maybe it’s a game they like to play with gamers – but they do it.

Now, I’m not saying LittleBigPlanet Karting, nor God of War: Ascension are coming to the Vita. I think that LittleBigPlanet Karting would be a great fit for their portable system and cross-play would be a great selling point for that game. God of War: Ascension has introduced multiplayer, so maybe they could incorporate that in a portable version as well. But am I not saying they are coming or should. In fact, I especially find the latter unlikely. However, is it absolutely inconceivable? Maybe the full games will not come to Vita, but they might be supported by the full PS3 games remote play functions as outlined for this summer’s Vita update. Or maybe they’ll work in some other fashion of cross-platforming like the cross-controller that is available for Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom3 and outlined for LittleBigPlanet 2. Still, I find it a little odd that out of the PS3’s vast library of both old, current, and future games, both LBP Karting and God of War: Ascension were the only ones to make it to the Vita’s media library.

So, it’s time for you to sound off. Am I a delusional fan, hoping for the unlikely or impossible? Do you think God of War: Ascension or LittleBigPlanet Karting could come to the Vita? Do you think they should come to the Vita? Sound off and discuss in the comments below!


3 Responses to “[Rumor] LittleBigPlanet Karting and God of War: Ascension Coming To Vita?”

  1. Not quite true, the PSP used to have plenty of PS3 videos in its library and since the Vita’s cupboard (there are only three videos on the EU Vita Store’s E3 section) is pretty bare, Sony padding it out wouldn’t surprise me. Still, pretty sure these will happen eventually as part of Sony’s one-for-all-and-all-for-one theme.

    • SinsOfMyFather June 15, 2012 at 3:56 am

      The PSP store has loads of stuff that the Vita store doesn’t. It’s a completely different system and different setup. Not the same store.

  2. i’d be upset if LBP:K didn’t come to vita. i mean that game isn’t pushing any hardware limits and would look amazing on the vita… it just makes sense

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