Sony must have been feeling a bit jealous about all of the attention recent media darling Nintendo has been receiving with the announcement of the NES Classic and Nintendo Switch, because they just announced they are planning on throwing their hat into the mobile ring.
They are creating a new studio called ForwardWorks to develop mobile games exclusively for smart phones.
Sony (SIE): To announce software titles and partner companies for its smartphone game project initially for Japan market from 16:00, Dec. 7.
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) November 17, 2016
The plan is to repurpose a lot of the intellectual property from Sony PlayStation titles and port to a mobile gaming experience. It’s not the first time they’ve done this, in the past they released Run Sackboy! Run!, LittleBigPlanet, Knack’s Quest, and Ratchet & Clank: Before the Nexus.
Those titles were meant more for promotional and hype purposes, but these releases are intended to be real revenue generating games. The distribution and promotion of these new titles is expected to be mostly in the Asian market.
Here is the press release:
“ForwardWorks will leverage the intellectual property of the numerous PlayStation dedicated software titles and its gaming characters as well as the knowledge and know-how of gaming development expertise which was acquired over the years with PlayStation business to provide gaming application optimised for smart devices including smartphones to users in Japan and Asia. The company will aim to deliver users with opportunity to casually enjoy full-fledged game titles in the new filed of the smart device market,”