Top 30 Upcoming PS Vita Games 2018

Handheld Players reveals its top 30 most anticipated upcoming PS Vita games of 2018. Which PS Vita games are you looking forward to in 2018? Let us know in the comments!

30. Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]

North America: February 9, 2018 (PSN), Europe: February 9, 2018 (PSN)
Genre: Fighting Game, Publisher: Aksys Games / PQube

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] PS Vita

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Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] takes place in a fictional modern-day Japan, where a mysterious event called Hollow Night occurs on a monthly basis. During the Hollow Night, shadowy creatures called Voids appear and attack innocent people. Survivors of these attacks sometimes develop special abilities and become known as an In-Birth. The game follows a young man named Hyde, a survivor of one of these attacks, as he becomes involved in the goings-on around the Hollow Night phenomenon.

29. The Longest Five Minutes

North America: February 13, 2018 (PSN), Europe: February 16, 2018 (PSN)
Genre: RPG, Publisher: NIS America

The Longest Five Minutes PS Vita

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The Longest Five Minutes will take you inside the mind of a hero during his final encounter with an epic and evil Overlord. As the story unfolds, the conversations you have with your party and the Overlord will unlock memories of the hero’s journey. Each memory plays out in classic 8-bit RPG style, and the outcome of those memories will lead to the strengthening or weakening of your party in their final battle.

28. Cosmic Star Heroine

North America: 2018 (PSN), Europe: 2018 (PSN)
Physical Release: Limited Run Games
Genre: RPG, Publisher: Zeboyd Games

Cosmic Star Heroine PS Vita

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Cosmic Star Heroine is a turn-based sci-fi Japanese-style role-playing game from the makers of Cthulhu Saves the World and is inspired by Chrono Trigger, Phantasy Star & Suikoden. Take control of Alyssa L’Salle, one of the galactic government’s top agents, who accidentally uncovers a dark conspiracy that her own government outs her as a legendary spy that every villainous organization she’s ever crossed is after her now.

27. Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly

North America: April 20th, 2018 (PSN), Europe: 2018 (PSN)
Genre: Visual Novel, Publisher: Aksys Games

Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly PS Vita

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Developed by the masters of the genre, Idea Factory and Otomate, this is a suspenseful tale of a young woman and her companions on a quest to recover their lost memories. Combining elegant artwork, stunning romances, and a mysterious setting, Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly offers a unique, amazing visual novel experience.

26. Penny-Punching Princess

North America: March 20, 2018 (PSN), Europe: March 23, 2018 (PSN)
Genre: Action RPG, Publisher: NIS America

Penny-Punching Princess PS Vita

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In a world ruled by capitalism, cash is king! Use the money you gather to bribe enemies to fight for you, activate deadly traps with your dough, and when all else fails, smash all that stand against you with your fists! Fight your way from nothing and amass treasures to take on the mighty Dragoloan family and reclaim your kingdom!

25. Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms

North America: 2018 (RetailPSN), Europe: 2018 (RetailPSN)
Genre: Visual Novel, Publisher: Idea Factory International

Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms PS Vita

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This remastered telling of the beloved visual novel Hakuoki series is a continuation of the Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds story and focuses on the story set in Edo, the second part in this two-part series. The young Chizuru, determined to find her father, will romance the famous warriors of Shinsengumi through a series of engaging stories and dramatic events. Now, experience new characters, love interests, and episodes in the world of Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms!

24. Pixel Noir

North America: 2018 (PSN), Europe: 2018 (PSN)
Genre: RPG, Publisher: BadLand Games

Pixel Noir PS Vita

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Developed by SWDTech Games, Pixel Noir puts you in the shoes of a cop-turned-private-eye after a 10-year prison stint. An investigation gone awry at an abandoned hospital has left your partner dead, the hospital in ashes, and you behind bars for a crime you didn’t commit. Chasing down lost pets and beating the scum of Pinnacle City is just enough to stir the voices and visions that plague you every night… With your sanity at stake, how can you afford not to take the opportunity to clear your name?

23. Valfaris

North America: 2018 (PSN), Europe: 2018 (PSN)
Genre: Action-Platformer, Publisher: Digital Uppercut

Valfaris PS Vita

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Valfaris is a heavy metal infused 2D action-platformer from the team behind cult hit Slain: Back From Hell. After mysteriously vanishing from galactic charts, the fortress of Valfaris has suddenly reappeared in the orbit of a dying sun. Once a self-contained paradise, the grandiose citadel now plays host to an ever-growing darkness. Therion, a fearless and proud son of Valfaris, returns to his home to uncover the truth of its doomed fate and to challenge the arcane evil at its very heart.

22. Bullet Girls Phantasia

Asia (English Release): 2018 (Retail, PSN)
Genre: Action Game, Publisher: H2 Interactive

Bullet Girls Phantasia PS Vita

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Bullet Girls Phantasia is an action shooting game where you control the girls of the “Ranger Club,” which is a school organization established with the purpose of defence training, and fight enemies one after the next. In this game, you will fight against monsters like orcs and slimes that come at you in big numbers. Take on the challenge using modern-day weapons like rifles and shotguns.

21. Glitched

North America: 2018 (PSN), Europe: 2018 (PSN)
Genre: RPG, Publisher: En House Studios

Glitched PS Vita

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Glitched is a mystery and exploration RPG featuring traditional turn-based combat with a little bit of spice but main focus lies on the story and how to change it. After a glitch appears in the world of SOREN, the unexpected hero, Gus, will become aware of you – the player. Experience fourth wall breaking shenanigans while making decisions that will shape this world.

20. Omega Labyrinth Z

North America: 2018 (Retail, PSN), Europe: 2018 (Retail, PSN)
Genre: RPG, Publisher: PQube

Omega Labyrinth Z PS Vita

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Omega Labyrinth Z is the most tantalizing rogue-like RPG of 2018. Battle through challenging dungeons that feature ever-changing maps, monsters and loot, as you pursue your quest for the Holy Grail, a magical object that will let the girls one true desire come to fruition.

19. Sir Eatsalot

North America: 2018 (PSN), Europe: 2018 (PSN)
Asia: 2018 (Limited Edition, PSN)
Genre: Platformer, Publisher: Behind the Stone / eastasiasoft

Sir Eatsalot PS Vita

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You are the corpulent and righteous knight Sir Eatsalot. Traverse through various unique and colorful levels to put a stop to the evil witch Hysterica, who has poisoned the Gluttington Kingdom with sour lemonade! Throughout your journey, you will meet numerous quirky characters and help those suffering under the oppression of Hysterica’s minions.

18. Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~

North America: March 30, 2018 (Retail, PSN), Europe: Spring 2018 (Retail, PSN)
Genre: Visual Novel, Publisher: Aksys Games

Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~ PS Vita

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Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~ takes place after the events of the first game and follows the main protagonist Cardia as she continues to build friendships and deeper relationships. Her companions have helped her through her previous trials and tribulations, and she will rely on them more heavily as she faces the lingering demons of her past.

17. Heart Forth, Alicia

North America: 2018 (PSN), Europe: 2018 (PSN)
Genre: Metroidvania RPG, Publisher: Alonso Martin

Heart Forth, Alicia PS Vita

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Heart Forth, Alicia is a Metroidvania RPG about a young wizard pursued by a terror in the sky. On the night of your coming of age trial, the sky rains fire over your village, scorching everything in its path. Soon, you’re catapulted into an ongoing war between the wizards of the forest and the desert army of the West. Desperate to reunite with your loved ones, you embark on a journey across the landscapes of a beautiful but threatening world, sculpted by the pulsing violence of its past.

16. Battle Princess Madelyn

North America: 2018 (PSN), Europe: 2018 (PSN)
Physical Release: Limited Run Games
Genre: Action-Adventure, Publisher: Casual Bit Games

Battle Princess Madelyn PS Vita

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Battle Princess Madelyn is an action-adventure that follows the journey of a young knight in training, Madelyn, and her ghostly pet dog, Fritzy. The game takes place primarily in a fictitious version of medieval Ireland but Madelyn is also required to travel to other parts of the globe, such as Russia, Spain, Italy, and Germany, to fight hordes of monsters and other evil creations.

15. Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition

North America: 2018 (PSN), Europe: 2018 (PSN)
Physical Release: Limited Run Games
Genre: Action Game, Publisher: Tribute Games

Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition PS Vita

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In Mercenary Kings, you play as one of the most skilled team of warriors-for-hire on Earth. When your comrades have fallen and the fearsome forces of CLAW have seized an island-wide top secret Laboratory Base, you must do what it takes to stop them. The Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition includes various improvements and multiple upgrades such as cross-play and adhoc support on PS Vita.

14. Fate/Extella Link

Japan: June 7, 2018 (Retail, PSN)
North America/Europe: TBA
Genre: Action Game, Publisher: Marvelous

Fate/Extella Link PS Vita

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Fate/Extella Link is a new entry in Marvelous’ action game series following a new story centered around the new servant Charlemagne. New playable characters are Charlemagne, Francis Drake from Fate/Extra, Astolfo from Fate/Apocrypha, and Scathach from Fate/Grand Order. Additionally, all 16 Servants from Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star will be playable.

13. Reverie

North America: 2018 (PSN), Europe: 2018 (PSN)
Asia: 2018 (Limited Edition, PSN)
Genre: Action-Adventure, Publisher: Rainbite / eastasiasoft

Reverie PS Vita

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Inspired heavily by Earthbound and The Legend of Zelda and set on a fictional island in New Zealand, Reverie combines beautiful retro-style pixel art with well-thought-out gameplay. Players take on the role of Tai, a young boy on summer holiday who is exploring Toromi Island. With angry spirits threatening the safety of the island’s inhabitants, Tai must venture through dangerous dungeons and across a variety of environments to put the spirits to rest.

12. Iconoclasts

North America: January 23, 2018 (PSN), Europe: January 23, 2018 (PSN)
Genre: Action-Platformer, Publisher: Bifrost Entertainment

Iconoclasts PS Vita

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Iconoclasts is the journey of young main character Robin, in her world of strict control and people who she wants to help, but also those who see her as malleable. It’s a story of trusting who you want to be, but how hard it can be to let that happen. The game has a ton of big boss battles and platforming. Use your wrench to activate machines, smack enemies on the head or even turn their attacks back at them. But you also have a trusty stun-gun to take out monsters, machines or even people who look at you wrong.

11. Metal Max Xeno

Japan: April 19, 2018 (Retail, PSN)
North America/Europe: TBA
Genre: Strategy RPG, Publisher: Kadokawa Games

Metal Max Xeno PS Vita

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Metal Max Xeno is a new entry in the long-running Metal Max RPG series which started with Metal Max on Super Famicom in 1992. The game is set in 209X in “Death Tokio” which is a wasteland of death where mankind is close to its final destruction. The story follows the protagonist Talis who takes revenge against superdreadnought monsters. The heroine is called Toni whose father was killed but she was saved by Thalys and stayed at his side. Tanks are essential partners to survive in this world full of monsters. By acquiring, strengthening, and modding tanks, the remaining humains can fight against their cruel fate

10. Shakedown Hawaii

North America: 2018 (PSN), Europe: 2018 (PSN)
Physical Release: VBlank Entertainment
Genre: Action Game, Publisher: VBlank Entertainment

Shakedown Hawaii PS Vita

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Shakedown Hawaii is a parody of mega corporations, white collar crimes, and the most comically egregious business practices that go alongside. You play an aging CEO, stranded in a world he no longer understands, with a company that’s now a relic of the past. Through story missions, small jobs and your own acquisitions, you’ll gain ownership of properties and businesses. The revenue they generate can then be funneled back into more acquisitions.

09. Rainbow Skies

North America: 2018 (PSN), Europe: 2018 (PSN)
Asia: (Standard Edition, Limited Edition)
Genre: RPG, Publisher: eastasiasoft

Rainbow Skies PS Vita

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From the makers of Rainbow Moon comes Rainbow Skies, a new fantasy role-playing game. Immerse yourself in a colorful and vibrant world, filled to the brim with friends and foes, murky dungeons, turn-based battles, towns, shops, and everything else your role-playing heart desires. Tamable monsters, upgradable characters, and a variety of weapons and equipment offer you a wide range of customization and character development possibilities.

08. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s Memory

North America: January 19, 2018 (PSN), Europe: January 19, 2018 (PSN)
Asia (English Release): January 19, 2018 (Retail, PSN)
Genre: RPG, Publisher: Bandai Namco

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s Memory PS Vita

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Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Hacker’s Memory uncovers the mysterious backstory to the events that happened in Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth. Main protagonist Keisuke Amazawa has been accused of a crime he didn’t commit and has to prove his innocence by investigating and resolve the troubles of the Digital World. Raise and train more than 300 different Digimons and explore a wide range of battle strategies using Digimons’ skills, compatibilities and combos.

07. Persona 5: Dancing Star Night

Japan: May 24, 2018 (Retail, PSN)
North America/Europe: TBA
Genre: Rhythm Game, Publisher: Atlus

Persona 5: Dancing Star Night PS Vita

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Persona 5: Dancing Star Night is a rhythm game based on Persona 5 featuring the songs “Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There,” “Last Surprise,” “Life Will Change,” “Keeper of Lust,” “Price,” “Booming of Villain,” and more as well as new songs and remixes from well-known Atlus composers. Confirmed characters are the protagonist, Ann Takamaki, Ryuji Sakamoto, and Makoto Niijima.

06. Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night

Japan: May 24, 2018 (Retail, PSN)
North America/Europe: TBA
Genre: Rhythm Game, Publisher: Atlus

Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night PS Vita

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Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night is a rhythm game based on Persona 3 featuring the songs “Burn My Dread,” “Mass Destruction,” “Heartful Cry,” “Soul Phrase”, “Deep Break Deep Breath,” “Brand New Days,” and more as well as new songs and remixes from well-known Atlus composers. Confirmed characters are the protagonist, Junpei Iori, Yukari Takeba, and Aigis.

05. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

North America: 2018 (PSN), Europe: 2018 (PSN)
Genre: Action-Platformer, Publisher: 505 games

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night PS Vita

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is an exploration-focused, side-scrolling action-platformer featuring RPG and crafting elements. In the game you play as Miriam, an orphan scarred by an alchemist curse, who must battle her way through a demon-filled castle summoned by her old friend Gebel whose body has becomre more crystal than flesh.

04. Catherine: Full Body

Japan: 2018 (Retail, PSN)
North America/Europe: TBA
Genre: Action Puzzle Game, Publisher: Atlus

Catherine: Full Body PS Vita

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Catherine: Full Body is a new twist on the original Catherine, a mature romantic action-adventure puzzle game from the makers of the Persona series, and will include a new love interest, “Rin,” with distinct storyline elements for the character, and additional puzzle content. Vincent’s love life has never been so complicated and dramatic!

03. 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

Japan: 2018 (Retail, PSN)
North America/Europe: TBA
Genre: Action-Adventure, Publisher: Atlus

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim PS Vita

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Developed by Vanillaware, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is is a departure from the studio’s traditional fantasy style as the game takes place in a modern setting punctuated with giant mechs. Although the world may be bleak, Vanillaware’s signature artistic shine and gorgeous aesthetics will bring the characters and story of 13 Sentinels to life.

02. Secret of Mana

North America: February 15, 2018 (PSN), Europe: February 15, 2018 (PSN)
Genre: RPG, Publisher: Square Enix

Secret of Mana PS Vita

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Secret of Mana revolves around a courageous young man named Randi. Randi inadvertently discovers the Mana Sword, a weapon of great power, and finds out that he can harness the great power of Mana. He then embarks on a quest to defeat the evil forces attempting to control Mana, and is joined by a tenacious and caring noblewoman named Primm, and a mischievous yet kind sprite named Popoi. Together, the trio take on a treacherous empire in attempts to bring balance to the world.

01. Stardew Valley

North America: 2018 (PSN), Europe: 2018 (PSN)
Genre: RPG/Simulation, Publisher: Chucklefish

Stardew Valley PS Vita

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In Stardew Valley, you have inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home? It won’t be easy.

Ever since Joja Corporation came to town, the old ways of life have all but disappeared. The community center, once the town’s most vibrant hub of activity, now lies in shambles. But the valley seems full of opportunity. With a little dedication, you might just be the one to restore Stardew Valley to greatness!

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