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Japan Studio Planning Large Scale Properties for PS4 and Vita

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While the internal output of Japan Studio may have slowed to a crawl over recent years, its External Development Group is thriving. A lot like Sony Santa Monica and XDev Europe, this division works alongside independent developers in order to create exclusive content for the various PlayStation platforms, with some of its recent projects including Soul Sacrifice and Freedom Wars. It sounds like it has big plans for 2014, too.

Speaking as part of a feature published on Japanese website 4gamer.net, the department’s head Masami Yamamoto teased that it has some big projects in the pipeline for the year ahead. “In order to appeal the broadened PlayStation Vita market to younger consumers, we’re planning development on a new large scale intellectual property,” he said, as translated by Gematsu. “Of course, we’re preparing a big title for the PlayStation 4 as well, so please look forward to it.”

There have been strong rumours over the past few months that Sony has rekindled its relationship with From Software, and is actually working on a successor to Demon’s Souls for its next generation system. We know that the director of the original title is not involved with Dark Souls 2, so it’s possible that this could be the big PS4 title that the executive’s referring to. As for the Vita, it’s always nice to learn that there’s a commitment to bringing new software to the underappreciated system.

In addition to all of this, the platform holder is planning to continue its work on free-to-play software. The likes of Namco Bandai's Ace Combat: Infinity and Ridge Racer: Driftopia are yet to launch internationally, but it sounds like there's more in the pipeline. The company's also, of course, polishing up complimentary Vita role-playing game Destiny of Spirits, which is due out imminently. Are you excited for the latest crop of Japan Studio collaborations? Cheer or sneer in the comments section below.

Update: It seems that Masami Yamamoto was actually referring to Freedom Wars in relation to the Vita's next big property, so dampen your excitement just a touch. However, the new PS4 title that he mentions has yet to be announced.

[via 4gamer.net, gematsu.com]

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User Comments (20)

Bad-MuthaAdebis

#1

Bad-MuthaAdebis said:

Completely underwhelmed by destiny of spirits, hopefully they'll produce something awesome for the vita in 2014.

Sanquine

#3

Sanquine said:

@RyoHazuki Gravity rush 2? :) Freedom wars? I think those guys are supporting the vita in a better way than any other sony developers. Sony japan is great! Blooding western sony studios have never done 1 thing for the vita.

Bad-MuthaAdebis

#4

Bad-MuthaAdebis said:

@Sanquine I have gravity rush, its still in my backlog but very much looking forward to it.GR2 and Freedom wars look really impressive. I was just referring to destiny of spirits specifically.

naruball

#6

naruball said:

I'm probably one of the very few people who loved Desity of Spirits. I didn't stop playing it or sleep properly throughout the beta. And I don't even play mobile games.
Believe it or not, it's the game I'm looking forward to playing the most in 2014.

get2sammybAdmin

#9

get2sammyb said:

I personally quite liked Destiny of Spirits, too. I quite enjoy having a mix of "big" and "casual" games on my Vita's memory card. Sometimes I feel like playing something "light".

LDXD

#10

LDXD said:

A successor to demon souls on ps4 and or vita would be awesome!

wakkawakka

#13

wakkawakka said:

The big Vita IP he's talking about is Freedom Wars. It was in the sentence before what Gematsu quoted.

mibtar

#14

mibtar said:

@LDXD if it's Demon's Souls 2 then I would go nuts. Would really love it if it's on both systems, but if they're planning something else for the vita I'm happy with just remote playing DS. I really really hope it is DS!

LDXD

#15

LDXD said:

@mibtar me too I hope its a ps4 demon souls 2 and a completely different souls type game for vita I seriously can't wait for march 11th

Gamer83

#16

Gamer83 said:

As long as Gravity Rush 2 is released in 2014, I'll be happy with Japan Studio.

@Sanquine
Japan Studio has been by far the best Vita supporter but I think it's a little unfair to say the Western developers from Sony have done nothing. The guys who make the MLB games have delivered two high quality releases with a third on the way (granted baseball games are niche but there is a market for them) and Bend Studio made Uncharted: Golden Abyss which is still one of the best games on the system. If you're talking more about Naughty Dog, Sucker Punch and the like, which I'm guessing you are, I agree, they've done nothing for Vita, but, they also did nothing for PSP and I'm fine with that. Those studios made their mark in home consoles and that's where they belong. Bend, however, was the premier PSP developer and is the Western studio that needs to be providing more Vita content, but Sony has had that studio awfully quiet lately which makes me wonder what it's up to. I'd like another Uncharted for Vita but I would really love the overdue sequel to Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow.

wakkawakka

#17

wakkawakka said:

@Gamer83 Bend is working on a PS4 game now. It's clear that Sony is done supporting Vita. This interview only supports that, as there are multiple mentions to unannounced PS4 projects, when everything Vita related is public knowledge.

Sanquine

#19

Sanquine said:

@wakkawakka Hey , your history only excists out of Vita bashing! Why don't you go away! No one needs your kind here

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wakkawakka commented on Japan Studio Planning Large Scale Properties f...:
@Gamer83 Bend is working on a PS4 game now. It's clear that Sony is done supporting Vita. This interview only supports that, as there are multiple mentions to unannounced PS4 projects, when everything Vita related is public knowledge.
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wakkawakka
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wakkawakka commented on Japan Studio Planning Large Scale Properties f...:
The big Vita IP he's talking about is Freedom Wars. It was in the sentence before what Gematsu quoted.
23 hours ago
wakkawakka
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wakkawakka commented on Yoshida: Sony Bend's PS4 Game Will Make You Panic:
@Lionhart Sony Santa Monica isn't going to even touch Vita. The only handheld game they developed was some NeoPets game years ago. The two PSP God of War games were made by Ready At Dawn, who are working on The Order.
Mon 18th Nov 2013
wakkawakka
#4
wakkawakka commented on Yoshida: Sony Bend's PS4 Game Will Make You Panic:
@Legendaryboss How did I push the goal posts? You said Bend could be developing for both platforms, and I gave reasons as to why that was highly unlikely to happen.
You then said that a platform is only truly dead when it's discontinued and I provided reasons as to why that could be a likely scene to play out with Vita. This is an English site, so the efforts made by SCEJA won't ever be appreciated when all of the support they can muster are games that only sell in their region. The United States of America happens to be the largest single market for video games in the world. It also happens to be the country that houses the development studio that this article is devoted to. When you don't advertise the platform at all, nor announce any games developed to appeal to that market you've given up and that is clearly what Sony has done.
Sat 16th Nov 2013
wakkawakka
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wakkawakka commented on Yoshida: Sony Bend's PS4 Game Will Make You Panic:
@Legendaryboss I don't know what to believe, a job listing from over a year ago, or a comment for SCE's head of Worldwide Studios from Thursday. It's not like this industry quietly cancels games all the tim... oh wait, they do.
If Bend were working on a Vita game it would've been announced by now. They shipped Uncharted: Golden Abyss back in late 2011 to meet Vita's Japanese launch. Your comment about Tearaway is a bit misguided given that project was publicly announced a year into development, and has a smaller scope than anything Bend has done before. We would know what their next Vita game is by now if it existed.
SCE's western support for Vita is done. SCEA didn't advertise the platform at all this year, and gave it about as much time at E3 as they devoted to direct digs at Microsoft. Conversely, they've announced zero big western internally development projects for the platform. They've taken a huge **** on the userbase that probably is made up of their most devoted users.
Sat 16th Nov 2013
wakkawakka
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wakkawakka commented on Yoshida: Sony Bend's PS4 Game Will Make You Panic:
@Legendaryboss Bend is about 60 people. They cannot do both. This is the end for Vita. SCE owned two handheld dedicated studios. They shut one of them down, and now the other is making console games.
Sat 16th Nov 2013
wakkawakka
#7
wakkawakka commented on Rumour: Is Sony Bend's Next Title Venturing on...:
Sony owns Gran Turismo. PS4 sales are currently at 0. Do you think a Gran Turismo game isn't in development for that platform? The fact that Vita doesn't have a GT is as big an indictment of Sony not caring about this platform than anything else.
Tue 29th Oct 2013
wakkawakka
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wakkawakka commented on Rumour: Is Sony Bend's Next Title Venturing on...:
@Legendaryboss Congrats, you've listed pretty much every third party game announced for western release. That entire list combined probably won't even sell a million units in the west, which shows how great support really is.
As for those Sony published games, did you miss the part where I said western studios? I never knew Gravity Rush 2 (which isn't confirmed for Vita btw), Soul Sacrifice Delta, and Freedom Wars were western titles. The actual western stuff you mentioned is either trash like Vita Pets, or ports like Borderlands. Amazing support. Sony will sell 30 million Vitas with that lineup.
I would sell my Vita, but if you haven't noticed, because of Sony's poor treatment of the platform resale prices are incredibly low. I made the mistake of buying a Vita at launch, so I'd be taking a gigantic bath trying to sell it.
Mon 28th Oct 2013
wakkawakka
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wakkawakka commented on Rumour: Is Sony Bend's Next Title Venturing on...:
Ubisoft reported that Rayman Legends sold poorly across all platforms. In fact, in North America the Wii U version sold the best which should tell you something. I guess the poor sales explain why Ubisoft has not patched in the missing content from the Vita version.
You know what I expected Vita to be? A successor to the PSP. Big and exclusive games from Rockstar, Capcom, Square Enix, Konami, alongside quality new IPs and console spinoffs from Sony. What I've gotten is an landfill for late indie ports.
Mon 28th Oct 2013
wakkawakka
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wakkawakka commented on Rumour: Is Sony Bend's Next Title Venturing on...:
@ajaychitown Is this a joke? Did you watch their E3 presentation where they spent a grand total of about 5 minutes on the entire platform to announce ports of years old PS3 games and nothing else? Did you watch their Gamescom presentation where everything was either available on PS3/PS4 or as inconsequential as Big Fest, and Murasaki Baby? The only place they didn't just give the platform lipservice was at TGS, and even then the majority of the content announced was shared with PS3 or PS4. The examples you listed are hilarious. Killzone? That game came out last month, and was announced in 2011. LittleBigPlanet? That came out last year, with LBP Hub being a PS3-only thing. Ratchet & Clank? Are you referring to the abysmal port of Full Frontal Assault? The one that runs at subnative resolution, and struggles to hit even 15fps? If you are, you should know that's one of the worst ports released by a first party, and came out months ago. I know you're not referring to Into the Nexus, because that's a PS3 exclusive too.
The fact of the matter is that Vita's situation is abysmal. It has pretty much 0 third party support, and first party support from their western studios will hit 0 once Tearaway launches. It has next to nothing in regards to third party support because sales are horrific, and if Sony's not making any games for it that won't change. Bend Studio making a PS4 game is pretty much an indication of Sony throwing in the towel as far as the west is concerned. Bend have been handheld exclusive for nearly 10 years now. They were so integral to the handheld side of Sony that when third parties were having issues with developing PSP games Bend would often help out. I guess that's not needed though, since the only people in the west making Vita games are indies who aren't exactly pushing the hardware.
@Lelouch This is an English site. You know how many of those games have been announced for western release? ZERO. Besides that, none of those games would've been made by SCE Bend, nor would any of those games replace whatever it is they're working on..

DoublezZ01

#20

DoublezZ01 said:

Bring Gundam and other mecha games back to America... armored core is getting stale!!! =/

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