Sony plan to rocket mobile gaming into the next century with their latest announcement. Sony will be bringing both classic and new Playstation specific IP to mobile devices. Yes, that’s Playstation games on your Smartphone!
Sony recently announced the birth of one of their newest studios, ForwardWorks. ForwardWorks is designed to specifically bring classic Playstation IP to life on today’s mobile devices. The aim is to allow for gamers to acquire and play Playstation games from anywhere in the world.
"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 which was acquired over the years with PlayStation business to provide gaming application optimized for smart devices including smartphones to users in Japan and Asia. The company will aim to deliver users with opportunity to casually enjoy full-fledged game titles in the new field of the smart device market.”
Quality nostalgia is a hot topic right now, the immense success that Star Wars received is clear proof of that. But why should Disney have all the fun? Sony is loaded with nostalgic gold just itching to jump out of the iconic back catalogue and into today’s gaming market.
ForwardWorks will begin by working on some of the original Playstation games - those that specifically graced the first console. The aim will then be to move onto other famous titles that belong to the gaming giant. The project is not in any way limited to old school games, but it will start with them.
The original press release suggests that the games will release first in Japan and Asia with a plan to move westward soon after. The timescale provided by the newly created studio suggests that we may see our first games available by thiscoming holiday season or early 2017.
There is no information upon what games are in line to come to our mobile devices but games like Wipeout, Jak & Daxter, Uncharted, God of War and Gran Turismo are surely in the running.
The average cost of these games should range from one to twelve Dollars. The studio will only really be limited by the power available to the device – which nowadays should not be too much of an issue. Smartphones are getting faster by the day – soon we will think nothing of playing the latest in VR on our handsets.
Does this latest move from Sony suggest that we may soon be saying a sad farewell to the likes of the Vita? Which would be a little ironic considering 'Vita' means 'Life' in Latin.
Still, great news for gamers everywhere – what games would you love to see on your Smartphone?