Call of Duty, Mortal Kombat, Assassin’s Creed To Sustain Vita Post-Launch

January 13, 2012Written by Anthony Severino

Sony has pulled out a lot of big guns–most notably Uncharted: Golden Abyss–for the launch of the PlayStation Vita. Over 20 games from both first and third-party studios will be available at launch. But outside of the all-important launch window, not much is known about what’s to come on the PlayStation Vita.

Thankfully, Sony’s director of hardware marketing John Koller has spilled the beans on some AAA releases due only a few short months after launch that are poised to sustain Sony’s new portable beast.

You could count the number of Vita titles scheduled outside of the launch window on one hand. There’s Street Fighter x Tekken. There’s Resistance: Burning Skies. There’s Sound Shapes. Huge games, yes, but that’s been all that has been known for some time.

But John Koller, keen on building additional excitement for the PlayStation Vita’s incoming Western launch, has revealed that some major franchises will be hitting the PlayStation Vita in the coming months, including Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, and my personal favorite, Mortal Kombat. A couple of these titles were mentioned briefly during last January’s NGP press conference, but not a word has been mention regarding their existence since.

While speaking to GameSpot in a recent CES interview, John Koller let the cat out of the bag.

What we really wanted to do, and I think we learned from past, most recent, handheld device launches, is that you don’t want to launch strongly and then go dark for three or four months and have nothing…So in subsequent months for Vita, we have launch, then we have MLB, then we got Mortal Kombat, then Resistance, then Little Big Planet, then Call of Duty, and Assassin’s Creed.

If this is in chronological order, we could see a Mortal Kombat game shortly after MLB: The Show for PlayStation Vita’s March 6th release date. The PlayStation Vita itself launches on February 22nd alongside a number launch titles.