Vita’s First Shooter, Resistance: Burning Skies, Dated
The continuation of the Resistance franchise hangs in the balance with Insomniac saying that their time with the series is over and diminishing returns in spite of consistent quality leading to the very distinct possibility of Sony cutting it loose as one of their premier shooters. As they say though, it’s not over until the fat lady sings. Amidst all the doom and gloom for this excellent set of titles is the bright spark that is Burning Skies, the Vita iteration in development at Nihilistic Software, which was among the first exclusives to be revealed for the device. Today, it has been freshly stamped with a release date of the 29th of May, making it the first shooter to hit the new portable.
Besides this fun little fact, it is also the first dual stick shooter available for a portable, and will prove to be the litmus test as to whether such a platform is suitable for the genre. Besides this, it also takes advantage of the touch screen functionality of the Vita to make up for the buttons that the system lack when comparisons are drawn between it and the DualShock controllers. Hopefully it proves to be a worthwhile inclusion to the already strong list of games for the Vita, and proves that Nihilistic are more than a second-rate studio as none of their previous games have yet managed to do.
While we wait, the cover art for the game has been released, which clearly draws inspiration from the simple, yet evocative imagery of the cover of Fall of Man. Check it out:
The game takes place between the first and second in the established continuity as players follow a new protagonist, Tom Riley, a New York City firefighter, amidst the initial Chimeran invasion of the United States.