We've got our first bit of info regarding Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified, the new Call of Duty portable experience created exclusively for the PlayStation Vita. Thanks to a Walmart product listing for Black Ops: Declassified, brought to our attention by NeoGAF, we now know a bit more about what the Vita version will entail – and unfortunately it looks like a more simplified portable experience rather than the full-blown Call of Duty experience we're used to with the console and PC games.
The first thing to note, aside from double colons looking terrible in a game title, is that Black Ops Declassified's story seems as if it will play out as a series of Special Ops missions, rather than your traditional Call of Duty campaign mode. It will explore original fiction from the Call of Duty Black Ops universe and deliver an intense experience that is "optimized for gamers on-the-go".
Of course, this is a Call of Duty game, so it will also have some sort of multiplayer combat that is "tailored for the PS Vita."
Here's the full product listing description:
"Before the future could be won, history had to be written. Exposing that story exclusively on PlayStation Vita, Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified explores original fiction in the Call of Duty Black Ops universe with an all-new campaign of Special Ops missions. Optimized for gamers on-the-go, Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified delivers the most intense handheld Call of Duty experience to date, including both Special Ops Story mode and Multiplayer combat tailored for the PS Vita."
Sony briefly mentioned Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified for the PlayStation Vita at their E3 press briefing earlier this month, but shared no details or gameplay footage. Call of Duty fans should feel somewhat encouraged; at least the game was important enough for Sony to at least mention during their conference. Outside of Black Ops: Declassified, only PlayStation All-Stars and Assassin's Creed: Liberation were mentioned for the Vita. Apparently, to keep things short, Sony decided to largely ignore their recently launched handheld system.
We have yet to see any gameplay, nor do we know who's developing it or when it will release. However, I do expect it to release near the launch of the console version, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which is due out on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on November 13th.