A new rumour suggests Sony is setting up a new studio in Japan to make big budget AAA games and it will be announced in a couple of months.
For a while now, many fans have been concerned that Sony has given up on trying to market the PlayStation brand in Japan. Aside from analysts stating that Nintendo is dominating sales in Japan, Sony’s Japan Studio basically doesn’t exist anymore, with most of its staff having left and what remains now only focused on making Astro Bot games.
However, a new rumour claims that Sony hasn’t abandoned Japan just yet and is, in fact, in the process of forming an entirely new Japanese studio to make big budget AAA games that will be popular in both the Western and Japanese markets.
Reddit user Air_Radiant claims that their info comes from the same source that leaked Sony’s acquisition of Returnal studio Housemarque, although they admit even they are not fully convinced yet.
According to their source, Sony has been working on the plan since early 2020, after it had already decided to close Japan Studio. Apparently, it will announce the studio within a couple of months, alongside its first project, although there’s no clue as to what that might be.
The source adds that Sony wants the studio to be making franchises like Capcom’s Resident Evil and Monster Hunter in terms of scale and popularity. It’s even hired veteran developers from Capcom, as well as Square Enix and Konami.
Responses to the rumour so far appear to be a mixture of excitement and scepticism. Some have questioned why Sony would shut down the already long-established Japan Studio just to set up a new one to do the same job.
Others argue that Japan Studio simply wasn’t built with modern AAA development in mind. Furthermore, while it was responsible for many beloved games and series like Ape Escape, PaRappa the Rappa, and Gravity Rush, it had gone a long time without any mainstream hits.
Assuming this is true, a Japanese-centric studio would likely be welcomed by most fans and could potentially yield the same kind of quirky and imaginative games that Japan Studio used to make.
But considering the source says Sony wants the studio to be making major mainstream games, that probably means you shouldn’t expect new entries in any of Japan Studio’s old franchises.
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