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Papers, Please, a game which certainly encapsulates what it feels like to go through customs in a modern airport, will be released for the PlayStation Vita on December 12, 2017, according to a tweet from developer Lucas Pope.

If you haven’t yet had the experience of playing Papers, Please, it’s a game that’s all about guarding the border of the glorious communist nation of Arstotzka. Having recently reclaimed their half of the border town of Grestin at the end of a 6-year war with neighboring Kolechia, the Ministry of Admissions is keen on keeping out the riff-raff and protecting glorious Arstotzka from spies, smugglers, and terrorists alike. You take on the role of an immigration inspector who must decide whether or not someone is granted entrance into the country based on constantly-changing requirements, all the while trying to keep your family healthy and alive in your humble Class-8 dwelling.

As it stands, Papers, Please is currently available on PC, Mac, Linux, and the iPad. PlayStation 4 owners hoping for Cross Buy will be a bit disappointed; the game depends on the Vita’s touchscreen. A controller-based version of the game is unlikely considering the need to move around loads of different documents throughout your daily grind at border control.

Papers, Please will be available on the PlayStation Vita on December 12, 2017. North America and Europe will get a same-day release, and the Japanese release of the game will come along sometime later. Mr. Pope has stated that he doesn’t control what the price will be, but he figures it will be roughly around the same price of the desktop version at $9.99 or your regional equivalent. If you’d rather play it on your PC, you can pick up Papers, Please on Steam.

What do you think of Papers, Please coming to the PlayStation Vita? Will you be picking it up for that platform or would you prefer to play it on another system? Let us know in the comments below! Glory to Arstotzka.


Robert N. Adams

Senior Writer

I’ve had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven’t stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs – I’ve tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I’m always looking to try more!