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505 Games shoveling Terraria to PlayStation Vita this summer

Digging into digital earth and fighting monsters is something that is perfectly suited to on-the-go gaming. Publisher 505 Games knows this, and that’s why it announced today that it is bringing a port of the 2D open-world sandbox-style game to Sony’s PlayStation Vita this summer.

The publisher released its version of Terraria, which developer Re-Logic originally released for the PC in 2011, for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 earlier this week. With the Vita version, players will have all the 2D action available to them on the bus.

“We’re all huge fans of Terraria and have been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from the existing community since we began working with the property,” 505 Games head of global brand Tim Woodley said in a statement. “And it’s been amazing to see how many of those fans have been asking for a portable version of Terraria so they can take their adventures with them on the go. The biggest challenge for us is how to give players the control they need to fully enjoy the experience and we’re really excited to explore the potential of the multiple input options that the PlayStation Vita affords us.”

Since Re-Logic originally designed Terraria for keyboard-and-mouse, 505 focused heavily on adapting the control system to gamepads. The changes 505 made for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions should translate to the Vita, but the portable also has a touchscreen. Touch controls could provide another solution for the developer.

“We are tremendously excited about bringing Terraria to PS Vita,” SCEE senior business development manager Shahid Ahmad said. “It’s fantastic news for fans who have been begging for the game to be available on PS Vita and it’s fantastic news for us too. We are delighted about the addition to the platform. For us this is a real coup, the opportunity to bring such a loved game to one of our platforms is really exciting. We are also really confident about how much fans are going to love the PS Vita version; the touch screen will ensure a totally unique experience.”


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