Digimon World: Next Order is coming to the PS4 in early 2017. While the game was released for the PS Vita in Japan, the West will not have access to that version. That’s disappointing, since Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth came to PS Vita earlier this year.?
What makes the news more disappointing is that there is proof of an English translation for the Vita version. Fans on?NeoGaf discovered this by looking through the files of the Chinese version of the Vita game. This makes the lack of a Vita version more maddening, since?Namco Bandai only needs to launch it in the West as the translation has already been finished.
As most fans know, Sony has essentially given up on the Vita, at least in the West. While the company still publishes games for it, they won’t be developing games for the handheld anytime soon. This is one likely reason why the Vita version of Digimon World: Next Order isn’t coming.
Digimon fans will remember that this year’s Cyber Sleuth was only given a digital release on Vita. The PS4 version managed to get a physical and digital release, showing that Bandai Namco prioritized the current-gen console. Now the company won’t even bother releasing the Vita version to the West, even though an English translation exists.
While the lack of an English Vita version is disappointing, the game coming to the West is still good. Digimon isn’t as popular as it once was, barely registering as a rival to Pokemon. Yo-Kai Watch may have taken that role, but it has barely touched its rival from Game Freak. Even so, a sequel to the first 3DS game is coming soon.
Digimon World: Next Order is a spiritual follow-up to the original Digimon World on PlayStation. It uses a similar battle system and the focus is more on building a relationship with your Digimon. With proper care, players will get a wicked digivolution. If players forget to feed it and let it poop anywhere, it might turn into a gross Numemon. The game comes out early next year on PS4. ?