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 website, the Japanese juggernaut's announced the formation of a new company, ForwardWorks Corporation, which is to be in charge of "planning, development, sales, and operation of software, content, and network services for smart devices".
While no games have been revealed yet, the press release hints that many of Sony's biggest brands will be coming to smartphones – as long as you live in Asia: "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 [...] to provide gaming applications optimised for smart devices including smartphones to users in Japan and Asia. The company will aim to deliver users with the opportunity to casually enjoy full-fledged game titles."
It's understandable that ForwardWorks will only operate in Asia for now, since the mobile gaming industry is huge there, but don't think that Sony won't think about bringing mobile games to North America or Europe in the future – it's done so in the past, after all. What PlayStation games would you like to see on mobile? Would you buy a Sony mobile game? Mourn the lack of Vita support in the comments below.