Activision has revealed a Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified release date of Tuesday November 13, 2012 on Vita.
November 13 is also the global Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 release date on home consoles and PC.
Speaking in an interview with Activision social media manager Dan Amrich on the One Of Swords blog, Robert Huebner, CEO of Black Ops: Declassified studio Nihilistic Software, outlined what he believes to be the unique features of the Vita Call of Duty game.
While "nearly every aspect" of the controls, player capabilities, weapons and multiplayer features are based on past series entries, "the biggest difference is in terms of the game focus", he said.
"Declassified is not about the big campaign storyline and huge cinematics, it's more focused on the multiplayer essence of Call of Duty and bringing that to a portable device as completely as possible, and in bringing short, objective-based missions and score-driven gameplay with lighter story elements to create what we call the Operations missions.
"Then adding in some bonus modes like Time Trials and Hostiles to make a product that delivers the core Call of Duty experience in a mobile package."
Huebner continued: "The goal was not to make a product that is a port of any past or present Call of Duty game, but to make a tailored experience for the Vita that adds new content and new background about Woods and Mason's careers for players who have played the original Black Ops and will almost certainly be picking up Black Ops 2."
Amrich also said that North American copies of Black Ops: Declassified will include a bonus game download in the form of Call of Duty: Roads to Victory, which was previously only available on PSP.