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.
I'd play all sorts of "tactics" kind of games derived from sony IPs on my iPhone any day. Killzone tactics? Turnbased? Wow! But I guess this will most likely only churn out turds.
For Asia, particularly Japan, this would be a smart tactic. Since their average consumer prefers mobile games.
@KratosMD Don't say that.
Makes sense to be making games for the mobile market its huge
Why spend 80 million on a triple A game with the risk of never making it back, when for that kinda money you can have an excellent new mobile game on iOS and Play Store every week for 2 years straight??
Makes sense, generate easy money from mobile users and use it to make real games for us 😃
Thought this already happened? There was like an idiot phone for playing PS1 games and junk and yeah thought they shut it all down...
@KratosMD That makes so much sense it's scary
Best mobile app is the FREE - Fat Princess for Vita & Android that will reward you with a PS3 Download code.
"Only operating in Asia for the time being."
They can keep it.
Another studio to ignore the Vita.
Is it me or does this seem a bit insensitive announcing this now after the news of Evo closing down this week?
Fair enough I suppose, but if they make decent and successful phone games and then dont port them to the Vita, their own hardware when so many other companies are making great Vita games still, it would be a slap to the face of their customers I feel. Guess we'll wait and see what happens.
Having played the Sony mobile games which I thought were absolute gash I will be avoiding like the black death. Besides, after the way they treated the PSVita I refuse to support any kind of mobile games developed or published by Sony.
There were so many AAA's planned for the amazing system that was the Vita for Sony to go and cancel them. If it wasn't for the very poor marketing, very expensive memory cards and first party Vita game cancellations the handheld device could have done so much better.
While I understand that Sony releasing the Vita when IOS and Android were dominating the market was a very risky move, it didn't help with them cancelling games like the Uncharted Golden Abyss sequel which development had actually started for aswell as not giving us a Vita Version of Infamous and GT. Their excuse at the time was, they didn't want to release too many big games on the Vita as not to overcrowd it. That statement makes be laugh because the Vita was anything but overcrowded.
I also understand why they went with their own memory cards because they didn't want the system being hacked, that I can totally understand. What I and many others couldn't except was the ridiculous price of those memory cards.
But as my original point suggested, the Sony mobile games I played were absolutely terrible and reminded me on games made for the Atari 2600.
I have total faith in VR in general and according to Sony there is around 50 games that will launch within its release window. If it wasn't for multiple companies heavily investing in Virtual Reality I would even bother giving Sony the benefit of doubt. I've already payed around £300 for the Vita with Sony promising alot of support from multiple studios, something they said the Vita would have. They did however give some kind of compensation to those in North America because of the out right lies they made and as such were pulled up on that. We in the UK and Europe didn't get such an offer even though PlayStation sells better over here. What would happen if Sony were the only company investing in VR and it didn't get the suppot they promised. That would be £350-£400 down the drain.
And not they are in talks of developing a more powerful PS4 when the original PS4 is only two han a half years old. Talk about dividing your user base. People are saying its mainly to support PSVR. Does that mean that after we purchase PSVR we're later going to have to purchase a new more powerful system. With the Price of my original PS4 the PS4.5 and a PSVR device aswell as the camera I would be better of building a VR capable PC and then saving for the superior HTC Vive.
Yeah I can trade in my old PS4 towards the PS4.5 but by then the trade value of the original PS4 will be alot less.
Sorry for getting off topic and for my long commets.
Rant over haha.
@Malouff agreed. I already had the PS 3 version z but I couldn't stop playing the mobile Version till I deleted it. The curse was lifted
@carlos82 I WISH it worked like that!
Please don't do this Sony. This can't end well for anyone.
@Raten I see your to me was removed. There was no need to insult me and I never said anything bad about the Vita. My issues were the way Sony had handled the pricing of the memory cards and the terrible way it was marketed. There was no need to insult me, but I guess it just proved how immature you are.
Oh I see now, you had created a new profile just to because you don't have a back bone to say what you did on a regular profile. Fool.
Sony is a terrible company. If any of these are free-to-play games that always need to connect to a server, don't bother. They'll shut it down if it doesn't generated millions of dollars a day. Just ask Destiny of Spirits players who spend hundreds or thousands only to have Sony render it all useless in a year.
Sony it seems will just throw money at anything right now,provided its towards an uphill struggle..its getting a little worrying.they seem a bit irrational recently.Who knows what they'll do next at this point? been looking at some gaming pc's on ebay..
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