Developer Double Eleven was pleased to announce today that they have developed the handheld version of LIMBO for Sony’s PlayStation Vita. Originally released back in 2010, LIMBO has become a favorite of critics and gamers alike, winning Best Indie Game in the 2012 PSN Gamers’ Choice Awards, as well as Apple’s Design Award during the same year (It also won my personal award of Most Unsettling Videogame Starring A Little Boy Without A Face).
The beautiful title took a staggering three and a half years to develop, and it is great to see it reaching multiple platforms so every gamer can get a chance to experience it. Double Eleven COO Mark South holds LIMBO in the highest of regards, stating: “LIMBO for us is the gaming equivalent of a priceless painting. Rarely do all the right ingredients come together in the industry to allow for the creation of a game like LIMBO, as it did for Playdead. We feel truly honoured to be the first external developer to work on LIMBO, and bring it to the PlayStation Vita. The team has worked tirelessly to ensure all the details, subtleties and nuances have been preserved from its home console legacy.”
The CEO of original developer Playdead, Dino Patti, feels like his baby is in the right hands, saying: “This version of the game is for the first time being made externally. In the way we work there is normally no room for outsourcing, but the talented team at Double Eleven has convinced us that this was the right decision.” I bet it also helps that Double Eleven made the awesome LittleBigPlanet.
Last but not least, Shahid Ahmad, Senior Business Development Manager for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, had this to say about LIMBO: “Having the first mobile version of LIMBO on PlayStation Vita is part of our enduring commitment to ensure it has a strong, competitive catalogue of quality titles. Both Playdead and Double Eleven have shown a tremendous amount of energy and attention to detail in re-creating the PS3 experience on PlayStation Vita.”
Three people without a single negative thing to say about LIMBO (Four if you are counting the ever-loving and equally important me). It sounds like players have no excuse not to get LIMBO when it launches June 5th on the Vita, unless they don’t own a Vita or prefer their unsettling child death animations on the big screen.