With the recent release of Miitomo, Nintendo is not the only gaming company that is eyeing the mobile market as a competitor is about to enter the fray named Sony ForwardWorks. PlayStation 4 manufacturer Sony has dived into the ring as well as the company announced the formation of this particular studio just recently. The creation of such a studio has a purpose of making apps for smartphones that are based on PlayStation titles and characters.
Sony ForwardWorks Competes With the Likes of Nintendo for the Mobile Market
A press release about Sony ForwardWorks from the company itself reads: “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.”
While this won’t be the first time that we are able to see PlayStation titles on smartphones, it is quite pleasing to know that there is now a dedicated studio for bringing titles into mobile devices rather than making it appear to be something that is easily brushed off aside to make way for bigger videogames. In the past, a game entitled Run Sackboy! Run!, a spin-off to the popular PlayStation videogame LittleBigPlanet, had grace the mobile platform. Not only that, there’s Knack’s Quest and Ratchet & Clank: Before the Nexus that also arrive in mobile devices. Aside from being whole games, there are also companion apps for games such as Beyond” Two Souls, Until Dawn, and SingStar.
The ForwardWorks Studio will officially open its dooes on the 1st of April of this year. At the moment, it is unclear whether the games and apps produced by the studio will hit the global market as the press release explicitly states that, at the time of publishing, they will only cater to Japan and Asia regions only. US and European territories are off the list for now.
Aside from the announcement about Sony ForwardWorks, the Japanese tech giant also announced that their company name, which was Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., will now change to Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. (SIE) which will become effective starting the 1st of April of this Year.