Nippon Ichi Software’s new games will be PS4 or PS Vita-only, new PS4 title coming this year

"Nobody else is making that big jump," says Niikawa.

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Nippon Ichi Software’s new titles will be solely for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita, according to company president Sohei Niikawa. Besides Disgaea 5, the company has another PlayStation 4 title due out later this year.

Speaking to 4Gamer.net, Niikawa said most of Nippon Ichi Software’s home console games have shifted over to PlayStation 4 (exclusive rather than multiplatform), with the only PlayStation 3 titles being those they are localizing.

“It’s precisely because nobody else is making that big jump that we think there’s value to be had in setting our sights square on PS4,” Niikawa explained. “As a result, we’ve received support from Sony and are now able to do things like put out commercials. In that respect from a promotional perspective, there are merits to going the route that we have here.”

For Niikawa and his company, though, the decision is also personal and a point of pride as a developer. “The thing is that if we were just constantly putting out games only for old hardware, we’d get outclassed pretty quickly from a technical perspective. We’re a small company, after all,” he conceded. “Going multiplatform in such a way that previous generation hardware is retained means tuning our output relative to the capabilities of that older hardware. That’s not how progress is made and more than anything, it’s just not interesting work for us. We need to be constantly challenged.

“There are a lot of companies taking a wait-and-see approach with this hardware transition, but if you look at it from the perspective of our customers, they’re not seeing a whole lot of games coming out, which is in turn making them wary to move onto new hardware. It’s our job as game developers to bring that energy to life and make that market a reality. Of course, saying it is one thing and doing is another, but when we made this decision to switch over, we did it because we’re really enthusiastic about helping make that shift happen ourselves.”

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