Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO Shawn Layden announced plans today to rerelease the cult classic PlayStation game Vib Ribbon
on contemporary hardware this week in response to audience pressure.
You may recall that Layden referenced the Japanese rhythm game (which was never released in North America) as a notable PlayStation title while speaking onstage during Sony's E3 2014 press conference, inciting fans to call on Sony to rerelease the game.
It's not often that we see an industry heavyweight like Sony respond to audience pressure like this; in a post on the PlayStation Blog
, Layden recaps his history with the game and acknowledges that his E3 reference may have been in poor taste.
"It was not my intention to rub salt in the Vib Ribbon
wound, but to express my admiration for it as the genre-busting title it is and was," writes Layden, who goes on to note that while the company is still working out how to get the game running on PlayStation 4, Sony will rerelease both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of the game on PlayStation Network this week in North America, Latin America and Japan.