Are EA and Activision ashamed of their PS Vita games?

So, we see Activision totally disassociating itself from Call of Duty Black Ops Declassified, saying that the main game's developers have nothing to do with the Vita product beyond checking the fiction remains true. How pathetic is that? Here's the most successful franchise in recent history and they've passed it off to a competent (but hardly leading class) developer in Nihilistic, disavowed all knowledge of it and taken no interest in its development.

That reeks of Sony wanting the game, paying for its development and Activision taking the cash and running. I would love to proved wrong, but the secretive development, clear lack of polish and ambition on the title (based on what we've seen so far) just seems to back up my position.

Then we see EA and the bizarre arrival of Madden on the Vita. I understand perfectly that it won't be quite on the level of Madden 13 on PS3, basing it on last year's engine is fine. But at least take the time to update the rosters, to fix some of...

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GribbleGrunger2292d ago

A well crafted, thought provoking article. I agree with every word (which is unusual for me)... I think we'll see COD on the Vita getting mentioned more if it sells well. Cynical, I know, but likely true

daggertoes832292d ago

Youre right but as a vita owner and lover im ashamed and embarrassed of some of the games they have put out.

NewMonday2291d ago

couldn't have Sony made Zipper make COD for Vita, they have experience with competitive shooters and Unit 13 look'd good

abzdine2292d ago (Edited 2292d ago )

I don't play COD or EA FPSs but I'd prefer Sony uses the money they invested in buying the COD name in asking Ready at Dawn studio to make a God of War for example or a new IP

Jazz41082292d ago (Edited 2292d ago )

Then you must not spell correctly because its full of typos and you agree on every word. In my honest opinion I believe the Vita is in a lot of trouble and so is Sony.

GribbleGrunger2291d ago

Why are you ordering me to spell incorrectly?

THESONYPS32291d ago

What we need is a gran turismo(which they are making), god of war, jak and daxter, ratchet and clank and spyro games for it. Not thieves in time and full frontal asssault. And new ip's aswell.

pixelsword2291d ago

This article is a little... off.

By that logic, Kojima is ashamed of Revengeance because he did exactly the same thing, and Insomniac never put a game on handhelds as far as I know but somehow they're "ashamed" because they didn't make it?

MoveTheGlow2291d ago

Wasn't there a time, back in the day, when popular franchises were always outsourced to smaller companies for portable titles? I mean, THPS2 on the Game Boy Advance wasn't developed by the original Tony Hawk devs either, but it was great, and Vicarious Visions became a go-to portable dev because of that. WayForward plus Contra also = awesome! This is nothing new.

Grunger is right that if this sells well, the Vita might see more CoD, sure, but it'll also boost Nihilistic if they can do it right. But CoD and I aren't on speaking terms, so I wish them the best of luck!

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mafiahajeri2292d ago (Edited 2292d ago )

Not ea but yes activision, it's NIhilstic. I think they want to build hype just because it's cod on the vita. They know the casuals will flock to it but people actually following up on news will know whats up their sleeve.

About ea Nfs and assasins creed seem to be looking good and you forgot about FIFA 13 we haven't got so much as a screenshot or preview from the game I hope its good because FIFA 12 was promising on the vita.

pompombrum2292d ago

Assassins Creed is a Ubisoft game.

SandWitch2292d ago

AC is published by Ubisoft, not EA. Other than that I agree with you, EA's games look really good so far.

Activision is another talk, they don't care about COD BOD at all. It's a shame if you ask me.

mafiahajeri2292d ago (Edited 2292d ago )

Yeah I know I guess I structured the sentence wrong :P

No Im fine thank god. What are you talking about? ;)

MmaFan-Qc2292d ago

mafiahajeri: "hope not have damage to brain"

rpd1232292d ago

AC is Ubisoft, but yeah I agree with you. NFS looks good and Madden is actually really fun. I think Sony was rushing them to get it out the same time as the consoles and it's still easily the best Madden to be released on a handheld.

jujubee882292d ago

No offense, but you guys need SERIOUSLY to consider buying a website already. Make it a bit more proper for your fans, at least.

HiddenMission2291d ago

Money is an issue you need to really think about. Start up costs and site developement for a fully functioning site with more than the bare bones will cost a couple grand easy and i know. I still have several key features to have added to my site and im already a grand plus into my investment and im still looking at another grand.

Add in quality video camers, mics, video editing software and your easily looking at 3-5 thousand dollars.

Unless you have a real long term business plan your return on investment is almost nothing.

Some people just like to write their opinoons and share them with others isnt that part of the point N4G?

xAlmostPro2291d ago

Actually wrong.. you can get a domain and hosting space for $50, then just install word press and have a good web developer or graduate(looking to make portfolio work) hook you up with a highly customized theme.

Then all you have is the domain/hosting cost each year.. which is easy to gain back via ads.

As for 'equipment' writing should be the main focus for journalists, equipment etc second. If your pieces are good people will visit, if people visit you gain more from ads and possibly even sell ad space to companies(which nets you even more) then you think about how to expand and equipment. You also don't need anything special for a camera mount the latest smart phone on a tripod!

CarlosX3602291d ago (Edited 2291d ago )

@xAlmostPro - I am telling you from first hand experience that whatever you said is not true. I am the guy that ran MW3Blog.

A host with a $50 price tag won't be able to handle the kind of traffic of those who make it to the top 5 stories. No. I'm sorry. I'm speaking from experience here - on a peak day, 4,000 people can come to your site via 5 hottest stories. If you're #1 hot story, it's twice that and then some more.

I also ran an Xbox website with a friend of mine a several years ago, I invested $150+ for around a year's worth of hosting. Guess how many times the server went offline? 3 Times. Maybe even more.

I got lucky a few months later to have a friend who happens to have a dedicated server and lend me help.

You may think it's easy to just throw away $10 per year just for domains. Ads will pay this back no problem. But if you want a high level niche website, you're going to need to fork over a few thousand just to own it.

For example, MW3Blog costed me $480 just for an undeveloped website. Luckily, because I'm a marketing guy, I can turn this 'loss' into a positive revenue stream for me. Because now, next few weeks, I'm getting a handsome $100 check.

A good designer for a wordpress design WILL cost you a thousand dollars. It's not a joke. There aren't too many [good] gaming themes out there right now. When you find a good theme that's free, you'll be restricted in many ways than one.

HiddenMission2291d ago


Yep your spot on and if you want custom feature like an interesting review system that doesnt currently come with the theme you have from wordpress you can see up to $500 gone on just that one feature.

Also to get higher google rating you need to reserve your domain for at least 5 years which will be a lot more. For me its all the added feature i want viewers to have that is costing so much. I want them to get more out of the experience.

CarlosX3602291d ago (Edited 2291d ago )

@HiddenMission - The review system is something a gaming website requires, and there isn't many wordpress mods out for free to provide to users. And when there is, the execution of the mod doesn't sound so good on paper. When you see it done on another site, it doesn't look flexible, either. So, yeah, a custom coding work is required to get the desired results.

And, what's worse is that there isn't a CMS that allows for game info column - which I think is absolutely required for any gaming site. It's sad, because this is the way you make game companies respect your site enough to come to you for advertising. Because that column of a CMS lends "free" branding to the company.

I know some coders who charge people for these features into a CMS over 10 thousand dollars just for the whole CMS itself. Sometimes, even taking full admin control of the site. This is more or less a good thing and a bad thing. Because you still owe the person, and when you don't. He locks you out because the CMS was designed by him.

As for google rankings - Age has nothing to do with your position on google. How popular your site is - does. Because these people are backlinking to your site. The more people search the keyword you want, the more google indexes your site - that's another way. So, SEO is required - and there's a great SEO plugin for free on literally every single software there is on the market today. If it's not free, then the person is providing a wonderful service with regards to SEO. :)

Oh, and Content is King!

Thankfully, CouchGamers is coming out.

HiddenMission2291d ago


Yep your right on about the game info, I was lucky enough to find a theme that's no longer sold that had the game info feature but it was missing so much. I've had to pay through the nose to get everything else added on and I still have a bit of a way to go. My site name is the same as my user name.

I'll have to look into the SEO plugin for my site and get it incorporated before my site get's a full proper public launch.

Thanks for the tips and info.

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psp2roundup2291d ago

I'm happy being a part-time blogger, why should my opinion be any less valid? This has clearly hit a chord with readers, so I'll assume I'm right this time and this subject is something that pro sites can't post for fear of losing advertising.

When I start churning out total crap feel free to kick me in the nads! But for now, I hope I'm offering a decent voice and service.

jujubee882291d ago

Haha! (N4G usually does not allow blogs as submissions, of course)

Also, you are confusing my post with that of a person not satisfied in your content.

Any good information on the VITA is information that makes that person valid, my friend. I gotchu

(... I just can't approve anything with blog in it bc it might nullify my n4g rights to approve, post, etc.)

CarlosX3602291d ago

@jujubee88 - Huh? N4G allows blogs - I see a lot of blogs being posted every day. Whatchoo talking about?

imXify2292d ago

I think I would give NIhilstic another chance. In Resistance, the graphics were well done ( notice the last level in SP ) but the sun/moon lightning was terrible. I think they can get it right this time. The graphics are already good, they just need to tweak the lighting

SandWitch2292d ago

Maybe they could make it better, especially when they know what they did wrong with Resistance... But it's not enough time I guess. COD BOD will be another fiasco by Nihilistic unless they will get help from some other developer. Maybe Guerilla Games should suspend making of Killzone Mercenery and help them to make BOD a proper game?

matgrowcott2291d ago (Edited 2291d ago )

Treyarch were in a similar position before getting brought onto Black Ops. They'd be given 6 months to make a game which lacked polish and everybody would bitch about how Treyarch make terrible, horrible games.

I think if Nihilistic are decent enough that they've been allowed to make two games in top-tier franchises, then we can probably presume the issue here is in the amount of time they've been allowed to make the game in. If that's the case then, like Treyarch, it's only a matter of time until they can prove themselves with a longer development cycle.

topekomsi2292d ago

I simply hope that if the game is a wreck, they delay its release, I really really want a good fps on vita, resistance bs showed me potential (even though the game was an abomination) no character development, craptastic framey multiplayer. Nihilistic scares the poo poo outta me. I hope I'm being to harsh and its a hit, but u know history and stuff....

Lockon2292d ago

I doubt activision cares. They just know its gonna sale.

tokugawa2292d ago

They just know its gonna "sell"