A Papers, Please PS Vita port was announced at Sony’s Gamescom 2014 press conference, but no details about its release have been announced since. Today, the game’s PS Vita version was rated in Australia, giving hope that it will still find its way on Sony’s handheld.
Spotted by Gematsu, the critically acclaimed indie game about stamping immigration documents was given a Mature rating by the Australian Classification Board for its “mature themes and coarse language.” The rating board also rated the game under "mild impact" for nudity, hinting that the PS Vita version might be the uncensored version.
Papers, Please launched on PC in August 2013 and has since garnered a plethora of awards such as a BAFTA award for strategy and simulation and best Independent Game award at the 2014 Independent Games Festival. The game is set on the border of a fictional Eastern Bloc communist country called Arstotzka where players take the role of an immigration inspector. Players must meticulously review each document provided and use tools to cross-check the identity of each individual. While the gameplay was simple, it had heart due to the interaction with each individual and the need to balance moral dilemmas.
The game is currently available on Microsoft Windows, Mac, Linux, and iOS. Aside from the upcoming PS Vita version, many also thought the game would be available on PS4 as Sony confusingly announced the indie title in their slew of PS4 game announcements at Gamescom 2014. Creator Lucas Pope has since clarified that the game will not launch on the PS4 as he doesn’t believe he can “get it to play well with a gamepad.” Nonetheless, Papers, Please still has a PS4 listing on the official PlayStation website.
While the PS Vita lacks blockbuster games, the handheld has steadily received plenty of notable indie games, with Undertale being the latest addition.
Are you still keen on getting playing Papers, Please on the PS Vita? Or are you more interested the creator’s upcoming game called Return of the Obra Dinn? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.