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Sony’s Ruin, which they showcased at E3 to demonstrate the smooth transition between playing a game on the PlayStation 3 and continuing it on the go on the Vita, has been renamed Warrior’s Lair. In the Vita section of their site, Sony brags that the Diablo clone will be able to “stay connected via the PlayStation Vita, Web and PS3; quest, challenge rivals and craft everywhere you go.”
Diablo clone or not, this game looks like a great way to show off the unique qualities of the PlayStation Vita. There’s still no release date, but speculation is that it will be out sometime this year.
The PlayStation Vita can work as a controller for the PS3, Sony revealed at the Develop Conference 2011. R&D Manager of Sony Europe, Phil Rogers, said, “”PS3 can send data down to Vita and Vita can display it. You could use the unique features [of Vita] – gyroscope, touch front and back – as a control device for a PS3 game.”
Rogers said that games states can be synced on both devices using the network, and why that matters: “you then have the processing power of PS3 doing that work, Vita [doing] fancy graphics – however you want to do it. You’re not sacrificing the PS3’s CPU to be able to have a rich experience on Vita.”
The Vita will also have cross-platform play, which Rogers has confirmed will be available at launch. They demonstrated with WipEout 2048 on Vita and WipEout HD on PS3, and also mentioned that Hustle Kings will support this feature as well.
And, of course, there’s Continuation Play, in which a player can play on the PS3 and then continue their game on the Vita. “We have a system called Title User Storage, which allows 1MB of data on our servers for games,” Rogers said. “You can save your game on PS3, go over to Vita, pull that data back and swap it between them, so you can play a game at home, take it on the train and continue.”
Ruin, which was shown at Sony’s E3 press conference, is the only game confirmed to support this feature so far, but there are more games in the works (at least one by Hideo Kojima, am I right?). This announcement makes the PlayStation Vita seem a lot more similar to the Wii U’s new controller. There’s also the recent price drop announcement of the 3DS that the Vita will have to contend with when it launches. Dramaaaaaa!
Sony announced a “social action” (or “impactful combat”) RPG called Ruin for the PlayStation Vita. It has many aspects of regular RPGs, including character development, and looks a little bit like Diablo II on a handheld. But the enemies you fight are other players, turning it into a strange and interesting hybrid. This will work seamlessly with the PlayStation 3 version – simply save it on the cloud and you can continue your game right on your console.
No word on when this game will be released.