Vita Announcements: “Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation,” cross-system play, and much more

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Sony had plenty of Vita announcements at its E3 press conference last night, but we will save you the trouble of searching for them and give you the highlights.  Sony will try and rebound their struggling handheld and include titles such as Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation (a spin-off of the much anticipated Assassin’s Creed III – and will feature a female protagonist), PSone Classics Support, and a Black Ops spin-off.  Additionally, a Vita bundle will be available containing the game, a Crystal White Wi-Fi Vita and a 4GB memory card, and will launch day and date with the PS3 version of Assassin’s Creed III.

Check out the trailer for the game below:

Sony also unveiled the rumored Call of Duty Vita title at their press conference.  The game is titled Black Ops: Declassified, and aside from the name and holiday release date, no further information was given.  Although the developer was not revealed, it is speculated that it will be the same team that worked Modern Warfare 3: Defiance for the DS.

The Vita will also receive an update to enable PSone Classics support – probable the main feature that gamers have been asking for since the system’s release.  Sony has said the feature would be coming for the longest time, but it’s nice to finally have a solid timeframe. At first, the following games will be supported: Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy VII, Wild Arms, Twisted Metal 2, Cool Boarders 2, Arc the Lad, Resident Evil Director’s Cut, Crash Bandicoot and JetMoto, with more games to come.

With evidence by all the new game announcements, Sony will also put an increased focus on cross-platform features between the PS3 and the Vita.  Street Fighter X Tekken and All-Stars Battle Royale will feature cross-play support, allowing Vita owners to face off against PS3 users.  Players will also have the ability to use cross-save support between a few titles – All-StarsSound Shapes and Sly Cooper Thieves: in Time with more planned on being added in the future.

Finally, Vita owners can look forward to more apps in the near future. In addition to YouTube support, the PS Vita will receive apps for Hulu Plus and Crackle, the former of which is already available on US PS3s. Sadly, there is still no word on PlayStation Plus for the Vita.

 

 

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