PlayStation Vita will launch in Europe next February with 11 firstparty games, including two newly announced titles, Zipper Interactive’s Unit 13 and Evolution Studios’ MotorStorm RC.
They will be joined by a selection of thirdparty offerings, providing what Michael Denny, SVP Worldwide Studios Europe, labelled “one of the best launch line-ups of any games console ever”.
Unit 13 and MotorStorm RC were unveiled at a preview event held in London today. In development at SOCOM and MAG maker Zipper, Unit 13 is a class-based thirdperson military shooter featuring contemporary mission scenarios that promises to offer “a true, dual-analogue experience”. It will focus on portable play, “with bite-sized gameplay and a non-linear mission structure that will allow players to jump in at any time, without having to keep up with a story or previous events”.
MotorStorm RC is described as “a unique blend of old-school and contemporary racing gameplay… with social interaction at the fore”. Players will be able to build a garage of vehicles, with 24 initially available to unlock and planned DLC packs set to add more, alongside new tracks.
Sony also reiterated that Vita will be the first games console to utilise Wide Area Augmented Reality (WAAR) technology. In contrast to single-card AR, WAAR uses up to six cards and allows for a much larger gameplay area. Six augmented reality cards will be available for Vita at launch with free games to download from the PlayStation Store.
Confirmed SCEE PS Vita launch titles:
Escape Plan
Everybody’s Golf
Hustle Kings
Little Deviants
ModNation Racers: Road Trip
MotorStorm RC
Reality Fighters
Top Darts
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Unit 13
Wipeout 2048

Earlier this week, Sony announced a partnership with Vodafone that will see the mobile operator become the preferred 3G provider for Vita, with those that connect through Vodafone receiving a free download of Wipeout 2048.