Interestingly, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has opted to forgo the inclusion of online head-to-head multiplayer for the new PS Vita version of Modnation Racers: Road Trip. This comes as quite a bit of a surprise to a lot of folks who were familiar with the game on the PS3 and PSP. It could be that this is due to their wanting to make the game available at launch.
In the PlayStation Blog, Erich Waas, Director, Product Development – San Diego, comments on how only Ad-Hoc head-to-head with up to 4 players will be available. He states:
“I know there are some of you that are disappointed that ModNation Racers: Road Trip doesn’t let you play head-to-head online other than ad-hoc. But we really wanted to evolve online functionality and take advantage of the PlayStation Vita’s unique feature set in new ways. If all we ever did as developers is rehash features that have been done in previous games, we’d still be entering passwords instead of using save files and you’d have to start the entire game over after you lost your three lives (extra 1-ups aside). While online head-to-head has been a mode used in many games in recent years, we focused on making a game that is crafted for how portable games are most often played—in quicker “pick up and play” sessions multiple times in a day.”
One of the reasons that Modnation Racers was so popular with other platforms was the fact that you could play head-to-head against other players whilst playing customized tracks. I hate to say it but this seems to take away from the overall value of the game.
However, Erich goes on to describe some of the other great features of Road Trip that in some ways really utilize the unique capabilities of the PS Vita:
- Competitive Localized Leaderboards
- Continual Match-Making, Ghosts and Time Trials
- Travel Points: Time For A Road Trip
- Destination Check-ins: Better Than A Passport Stamp
- Creating & Publishing, Downloading, and Backwards Compatibility with PS3 Tracks
It might be hard for some of you to accept that there will be no online multiplayer (I know I will!), but there are a lot of other great features within the game that may make this a must-have at launch.
Source : Sony PlayStation Blog