It appears that PlayStation is heading West. That's huge news, but fans of PlayStation's Japanese lineup are understandably concerned by the move. However, perhaps the recent development is not as big a deal as it might seem.
"On the other hand, it's worth noting that Sony is not closing up shop in Japan. It will still have a branch in Japan, and administer to Japans market. There will undoubtedly still be Japanese software support, which has always been more third party than anything. The bottom line is, PlayStation has not pulled the plug on it's Japanese branch." Exactly! I had stated this not too long ago. http://n4g.com/news/1855846... . Sony is changing their headquarters but they aren't shutting down their current SCE headquarters in Japan like other articles might lead you to believe. SCE will still operate in Japan and so will their Japanese studios like SCE Japan Studio and Polyphony Digital. Sony is not abandoning Japan or the Japanese audience. Good article.
the OS software and hardware talent is in the west and California is the world capital of IT and software, going through Japan never made sense and just slowed down the full potential of PlayStation. the western OS developers and game engine programmers needed to jump through hoops to get things OK'd by Sony headquarters in Japan. now things should be done faster and more efficiently.
Who really thought that Sony would suddenly turn it's back on the Japanese market after changing the location of their gaming subsidiary's headquarters? They're still very aggressive in attaining much support from eastern third party publishers as well as still pumping out games from their own first party developers as well. I don't see SIE having a drastically different business ethics as SCE in the past. Also this article made a mistake. Sony is indeed partnering with Kojima Productions on their next project, but as of yet Kojima Productions is not a first party studio of Sony.
Kojima is working with sony for at least 1 game. But he has stated he likes multiplatform development. I don't think Kojima will ever tie himself to one company again. He just needs to make a game and some money right now for future ventures.
Did anyone think it would?
I think if people are honest they know Japanese games aren't going anywhere. But as I said in another article, it means that we will probably get more Japanese games because they have a major partner in the US now.
I'm fine with this, and very glad to hear that the Japanese lineup still looking good as they have a strong backup of 3rd-party games, so no it doesn't spell doom for Japanese-made games. Look at DQ builders, Yakuza Kiwami and others that came out for it and did great, plus dropping the price on PS4 caused a spike in sales. So long as the branch is still up in japan, they'll still be developing games for them.
Sony's game and marketing has been catering to the west for years now. This is just an expansion of it. Sony's biggest IPs now are all Western focus and not to mentioned those heavy FPS marketing deals. Nothing to worry about.
I see this as Sony expanding their influence in the US more than abandoning the Japanese market.
Sony please keep it diverse with Western and Japanese games.
And who actually believed it would? This news comes in the months after Sony rebirths The Last Guardian, promotes Shenmue III's revival as an E3 headliner, and just released Gravity Rush Remastered in the west. PS4 has an unprecedented number of Japanese IPs releasing in 2016 that are connected to third party publishers. Why would these suddenly diminish because SIE headquarters are in San Mateo?
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