Revenue doubles year-over-year
We’ve reported on Fate/Grand Order a handful of times, but still very few have a grasp on how much money the smartphone hit is spinning for Sony behind-the-scenes. A new financial report from subsidiary Aniplex sheds more light on the matter, however, with its revenue doubling year-over-year from $934 million to $1.8...
Sony’s versatile first-party franchise No Heroes Allowed! has arrived on Japanese smartphones today, as part of label ForwardWorks’ ongoing mobile initiative. Officially named No More Heroes! DASH, the brick-matching puzzler sees you aligning shapes in order to summon monsters and repel hideous heroes – par for the course for the...
Cloudy with a chance of friendship
Yes, you're right: Sky is a timed exclusive to iOS, so what on Earth is a preview of thatgamecompany's Journey follow-up doing on Push Square? Well, the developer has a close association with PlayStation, having crafted three excellent exclusive titles over the course of about six years. When we received an...
Not bad, man
Sony’s versatile reverse dungeon crawling franchise No Heroes Allowed! is getting the smartphone treatment in Japan, as mobile publishing arm ForwardWorks has revealed latest instalment DASH for iOS and Android. This looks like a Puzzle Quest-esque title, where you need to shift blocks in order to summon monsters to off intrepid...
Better language support and some new features
There’s a new PlayStation 4 firmware update out – and there are fresh updates for Sony’s smartphone apps, too. First up, the PlayStation Communities app now supports landscape, animated GIFs, and a slew of new languages – including Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Romanian, Thai, and...
PlayStation exclusive extends its petals to phones
Flower, the thought-provoking float-‘em-up by Journey developer thatgamecompany, has soared to iOS courtesy of indie label Annapurna Interactive. This is a bit of a weird one because the licensing information still states that Sony owns the game, so some kind of arrangement must have been made. To...
Fate/Grand Order is the biggest mobile game in the world right now. It also happens to be published by Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment. New data shows that the free-to-play role-playing game inspired by the Fate/stay night visual novel was not only the top grossing iOS and Android app in Japan last month – where it...
Newly announced Sky is exclusive to Apple devices for now
The next game from Journey developer thatgamecompany will be exclusive to Apple devices. Sky was revealed for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV during the tech giant’s big briefing earlier today – and it sounds like it won’t be launching anywhere else for the foreseeable future. The title...
ForwardWorks’ first project is off to a strong start, it seems. Sony’s new smartphone game developer launched a mobile adaptation of Everybody’s Golf in Japan on 4th July, and it’s already been downloaded more than two million times according to the platform holder. There’s no word on how much money the free-to-play iOS and...
Sony’s first-party smartphone initiative is underway, with ForwardWorks’ adaptation of Everybody’s Golf out now in Japan on iOS and Android. The game’s free to download, but boasts in-app purchases. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to download it without a Japanese account – well, not on t
Sony may have been quiet on the smartphone front, but its new mobile-focused subsidiary ForwardWorks is busy bringing some of PlayStation’s biggest brands to iOS and Android. And it looks like Everybody’s Golf may be the first franchise to arrive, with pre-registration for the title open in Japan right now. There’s also a new...
Everybody's Golf! Wild Arms! Arc the Lad! More!
Anything that Nintendo do, Sony do… Haha, let's not go there, eh? The popular PlayStation maker has been dabbling in smartphone development for some time now, but you may remember it formalising its plans by founding ForwardWorks earlier in the year. And today it's announced it's announced its...
Few would deny that Uncharted protagonist Nathan Drake is dishy as a crockery shop – but he looks outright ugly in Uncharted: Fortune Hunter, a free smartphone spin-off available on iOS and Android now. The puzzler's opted for a cartoon aesthetic, and will se
Only operating in Asia for the time being
After Sony's ill-fated PlayStation Mobile was shut down on 10th September last year, it appeared that Sony would be ditching the Android and iPhone market for a while thanks to the initiative's lack of real success. It appears not, however, as, in a press release on Sony Computer Entertainment Japan's...
They are the champions
One of the reasons that PlayStation is such a big presence in Europe is because the brand is a major partner of the Champions League, arguably the biggest club football tournament in the world. And it's been announced that Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is extending its partnership with the competition for three...
A rather short chapter
Just a friendly reminder: no more PlayStation Mobile games will be released after tomorrow, and you won't be able to purchase any existing ones. Sony's failed mobile platform was announced to be coming to an end a while back, but given that we thought its last game, Oh, Deer!, was good enough to warrant some attention, we...
"Mobile is the future of gaming"
We sincerely hope that you haven't used up all of your hate on Konami over the last couple of months, because we've got a corker for you this afternoon. Translated by NeoGAF member HGH, the Japanese company's new CEO reckons that "mobile is where the future of gaming lies". Surely you can see where this is going?...
Republished on Wednesday, 11th March 2015: Following the news that Sony's shutting down PlayStation Mobile fully, we've decided to bring this article back out of the archives. The original text follows. Originally published on Wednesday, 6th August 2014: Sony's smartphone strategy seemed so, well, smart a few years ago. While the...
Put out to pasture
It started out with a bevy of big indie names like FuturLab, Laughing Jackal, and Vlambeer behind it, but PlayStation Mobile has run out of credit. Sony announced overnight that it won't be publishing any more content following 15th July, and from 10th September, you won't even be able to re-download any of the titles that you...
We'll let you into a little secret: according to our traffic statistics, you lot don't care a great deal about forthcoming PlayStation 4 shooter Evolve. Nevertheless, while this article is destined to scrape a couple of hundred views at most, we simply had to share this hilarious little snippet: 2K Games has deployed a free-to-play match-three...
Sugar and spice
Who doesn't like a nice piece of cake? Whether it's a bold slab of Battenberg or a silky slice of Red Velvet, a well baked gateau will always get on well with the ol' gnashers. Of course, the majority of us know to stop eating when our stomach feels sore, but Fat Princess – the star of several PlayStation titles – has less...
That honestly wasn't much fun while it lasted
PlayStation Mobile has been dead for a good while now, but Sony’s more or less pulled the cord today. Originally intended to offer a curated content hub on PlayStation-certified phones and tablets, the platform holder quietly announced this morning that there’s a “possibility that content may not...
Empty your bowels for a small fee
Fat Princess is a strange PlayStation character. Despite only appearing in a couple of titles to date, the meaty monarch is still regarded as one of the brand’s biggest mascots. Fortunately, the portly princess is about to make her debut on the PlayStation Vita, as part of a brand new match-three puzzle game...
Master the MySpace angle
We know that you’re all excited for PlayStation 4 firmware update v1.70, but if you put down your pitchforks for long enough, then we come bearing news. Sadly, we don’t have a release date, but we do have some information pertaining to an impending update to the smartphone-based PlayStation App. According to...
Is that a puppy in your pocket?
While shareholders plead with Nintendo to put their properties on iOS and Android devices, Sony is already casually doing just that. The platform holder recently released Knack’s Quest, a companion to the PlayStation 4 adventure created by Japan Studio – and now it’s followed up with PlayStation Vita
Unity support threatens to open the floodgates
PlayStation Mobile has not been the ubiquitous handheld success story that Sony clearly intended it to be, with the grassroots indie game marketplace shaping up to be a haven for interactive calculators and not a lot else. Nevertheless, the platform holder is soldiering on with the initiative...
Sony’s not going third-party, but it sure doesn’t seem to care about putting its wares on mobile platforms at the minute. Following in the hurried footsteps of endless runner Ratchet & Clank: Before the Nexus and match three adventure Knack’s Quest, the platform holder has now tossed Sly Cooper spin-off
Changed our mind
Forget about the unresolved drama regarding Shenmue’s slick looking glasses, series antagonist Lan Di has cooked up an even more sinister plot involving Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. While the PlayStation 3 and Vita versions released over a year ago now, SEGA has just published the iOS and Android ports – and they...
Heavenly sigh of relief
Keep harbouring those thoughts of Trip’s great comeback, as Ninja Theory – the developer behind Enslaved: Odyssey to the West – has denied reports that it’s abandoning console development. Rumours today suggested that the Cambridge-based studio best known for Heavenly Sword could be turning its attention solely to the
There's an app for that
If the idea of spending time away from your PlayStation 4 is sending shivers down your spine, then you may be delighted to learn that the PlayStation App is available for iOS and Android devices in North America right now. A pivotal part of Sony’s next generation strategy,
Rummage up some relics
If you absolutely can’t wait for the PlayStation 4, then free-to-play iOS spin-off Knack’s Quest should help you to pass the minutes until next week’s release. The puzzle title – which was officially acknowledged earlier in the year – sees you matching jewels in order to help the eponymous hero grow. There’s both a...
Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus may be recharging Mr. Zurkon ahead of its release next month, but that’s not stopping Insomniac Games from announcing a second title in the platforming series. Imaginatively dubbed Ratchet & Clank: Before the Nexus, the developer’s impending mobile app is an endless runner set in the...
Never stop playing
You won’t just be playing PlayStation 4 platformer Knack on Sony’s next generation system this year, as Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has revealed that the launch title is netting a smartphone application, too. The iOS and Android extra will be available for free, and will allow you to unlock additional items in...
PlayStation All-Stars Island is not the first of its kind
Sony shocked, embarrassed, and tickled PlayStation fans today with the announcement of PlayStation All-Stars Island – a summery smartphone cash-in that sees first-party favourites such as Sackboy and Nathan Drake cameo in a collection of copycat minigames. But while
Paving the way for PS Suite
Sony’s flagship Android handset, the Xperia S, now has another feather to add to its cap: the PlayStation Store. Coming good on its promise of PlayStation Certified compatibility, Sony has updated the smartphone's feature-set to include access to its premium digital storefront. At present there are 16 PSone classics...
Sony has announced that it has finalised its takeover of Ericsson, and renamed the mobile area of its business to the rather snazzy (but generic) Sony Mobile Communications in the process. The Japanese giant says that the takeover will allow the company to “further integrate the mobile phone business” into its electronics...
Sony's wider strategy
According to rumours spilling out of mobile website Pocket-Lint this morning, HTC will be one of the first companies outside of Sony to offer PlayStation Certified Android-powered mobile devices. The move, which the website speculates could be announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month, would mean that...
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