You could soon be playing Bloodborne on your phone if Sony’s PlayStation plans come to pass
After Nintendo’s successful entry into the smartphone market with Miitomo and the upcoming Super Mario Run, Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem games, Sony has decided it needs to get back into the mobile market.
The news comes from Japanese newspaper Nikkei, which reports that Sony plans to revive its dead PlayStation Mobile division and release five “or more” mobile games from March 2018. It’s unclear exactly which games are included in that five, but it seems that Sony plans to use many “popular PlayStation series” to woo mobile gamers.
All that’s known so far is that Sony’s new mobile-focused studio ForwardWorks will be taking the helm on the first wave of mobile titles. ForwardWorks was established in March 2016 with an eye to “leverage the intellectual property of the numerous PlayStation dedicated software titles”. These games are likely to be mobile-focused versions of Sony’s big IP – think Uncharted, Killzone, Gran Turismo and so on – rather than ports of existing PlayStation games.
Sony has already tried to break into the mobile market with a slew of titles based around Uncharted’s Nathan Drake, its All-Stars Battle Royale series and the LittleBigPlanet franchise. It decided to can the business in March 2015 due to poor take-up.
Nikkei says games could be linked to console releases directly, indicating that Sony has a plan in place to lure mobile gamers across to the PlayStation 4, or whatever new console it could be planning in 2018 and beyond. The Japanese paper also reports that, while we have no idea what games are on the way, they’re expected to be known by the end of the year – in Japan, at least.
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