Killzone: Mercenary on the Vita isn’t just an afterthought (due to the recent release of its big brother on the PS4), as is proven by the many updates planned for the game over the next few months.
Senior Producer at Guerrilla Cambridge Mark Green recently announced (via the PlayStation.Blog) that we can expect four big updates coming to the hand-held game (starting in 2013 and running into the new year). “First up is Update 3. In terms of functionality there will only be minimal changes, but this is the patch that reduces the size of the other patches! After installing this patch it will free up around 800MB of space for those who have already installed Updates 1 & 2. Update 3 should be ready in the next few weeks. Update 4 is due in January and is being designed to improve Matching and to help reduce join-game connectivity problems, as well as adding an auto team-rebalancing feature,” says Green.
Killzone: Mercenary was released this past September for the PS Vita and is the first game in the series that Guerrilla did not helm directly.
Also, installing patches 3-6 will have a “leap frog” effect (in case you missed it above), where you’ll be freeing up space (close to a GB) that was previously occupied by the first two updates.
Green also brings us the good news that we’ll be getting free multiplayer maps as part of the updates. He says: “Update 5 is the big one. Two new multiplayer maps for FREE, and the release of offline Botzone for Mercenary and Guerrilla Warfare modes. Also in the first few months of 2014 will be Update 6, in which we’re working towards continued refinements and adding support for playing Killzone Mercenary on Vita TV (only applicable to territories where Vita TV is available).”
In the meantime, you can purchase Killzone: Mercenary for $35.99 for the Vita (on disc or via digital download).