Last month the Wall Street Journal’s Takashi Mochizuki said Sony would announce software titles and official partner companies for its new mobile gaming project on December 7.
And now, right on time, the company has indeed revealed the first load of mobile game titles at the PlayStation Experience 2016.
Among the new games are Hot Shots Golf, Wild Arms, Arc the Lad, and What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord?
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But many will be more intrigued to hear more about the integration of PlayStation games into the mobile gaming experience, and Sony didn’t disappoint in that department.
ForwardWorks, the company’s new mobile gaming division announced in March, is working on reviving PlayStation franchises like Parappa the Rapper, Doko Demo Issho, and Boku no Natsuyasumi.
These titles will be releaed after the first wave of games comes to the market – though they will initially launch in Japan only.
The first game to launch in Japan will be Hot Shots Golf, which will arrive in Spring next year, but there’s no word on whether any of the new titles will make it to markets outside Japan.
Here’s a bewildering video for the first new Sony mobile game:
Tomoki Kawaguchi, executive director at ForwardWorks, told the FT: “With so many releases of smartphone games, it is becoming difficult to reach users.
“But we can make full use of the intellectual property that we own, which is why we are rolling out smartphone games at this timing.”
Sony has also teamed up with Square Enix for further mobile game releases, as well as Nippon Ichi Software for its Disgaea and Yomawari game series.
The company is also working on “Project FIELD”, which according to the PlayStation blog, is “a platform that consists of smart phones and tablets, dedicated pads developed by Sony, cards with integrated IC chips, game applications, and a combination of trading card games and smartphone applications.
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