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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 skipping Western PS Vita release

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2

The sequel to last year's One Piece: Pirate Warriors is coming to the West — but only as a PlayStation 3 release. Publisher Namco Bandai won't be localizing the PS Vita version.

“Unfortunately, there are no plans for a Vita release in the Americas,” a Namco Bandai representative told IGN.

The PS3 game is hitting North America and Europe sometime this summer. In Japan, Pirate Warriors 2 has sold far better on the PS3 despite the popularity of the handheld: 350,000 units compared to the Vita's 85,000. The original has sold nearly 1 million copies since its release in Japan in March 2012.

Sony's Vita is showing much poorer performance here in the U.S., and that's encouraging some developers, like the maker of the Tales role-playing game series, to shy away from Western releases on the handheld.

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