Sony is winding down original game development at its oldest first-party developer, Japan Studio, confirmed by Sony.
If these are true then it is a bad shift for Sony....i completely disagree.....few western studios match Japan Studio (though Sony probably restructuring the studio imo ) ..
So we’d lose Astro Bot in the process? That was one of my favorite platformers on PlayStation. Not VR and Playroom.
they say Astro team remains unaffected ..(fortunately they even added more personel to them,) .
No article says that Asobi Team who makes Astro will operate as their own team and some more people are being moved to their team.
Sounds more like the astrobot team is expanding. Sony's really turning astrobot into a mascot
None of their games have really gained ground from the studio. IMO this is just adding fuel to the fire of a Square or even a Capcom buyout or majority share in those companies. They are the biggest publishers in Japan who also have a large western falling outside of Nintendo. The Square deal is the more likely of the two, considering all the timed exclusives, and full exclusives the two companies have had over the last-gen, and even currently. Dump Sony Japan and remove all investments from there, and replace them with buying Square Enix, is a significantly better long-term business move. Now I'm against buying publishers, but as a business move, that would be a best-case scenario for them, and probably the only way we'll ever see a Legend of Dragoon Remake and a Sequel.
The best Astro experience is the VR
Japan Studio is still far from what we were used to on PS2.. they died completely on PS3, only decent release i remember is Siren Blood Curse.. last gen they started to get back on track.. let's see if this fusion is a good idea. Asobi will still make Astro, but we want something else and the extra staff might help. We're still waiting for a PlayStation RPG (Dark Cloud, Alundra...), or at least a collab with Square for a Star Ocean or Capcom for a new Breath of Fire for something new
How are you looking at that? Sony's western studios are putting out games that are selling 10+ million copies. The most successful game from Japan Studio over the past generation was probably Bloodborne that sold around 2-3 million at full price. The reality is most of their games didn't sell. Gravity Rush 1 & 2, Knack 1 & 2, The Last Guardian, Everybody's Golf, Deracine, etc all didn't do well. I'm bummed by this but I do get the business end of it. At least Asobi Team is there still and will continue to make Astro games. It also sounds like collabs with other studios are on the table like they did with Bloodborne and Demon's Souls.
their games didnt sell because were released at the wrong place , at the wrong time (GRush should have been a main console game from start) The LastGuardian is a superb game that didnt marketed /advertised well...Generally their artistic skills are above anyone else in western, Bloodborne /Demon Souls,Ico/SoTC/TLG collaborations prove excactly that
@Sonic Look I love Gravity Rush and The Last Guardian but the audience spoke with their wallets on those. Also you can't credit Japan Studio entirely for Demon's Souls and Bloodborne. Those were mostly From Software/Bluepoint with help from Japan Studio
Alot of there games were collabs, rogue galaxy, dark cloud back in the days many other games were done with other studios as well. The studio is still there just smaller now, its business.
@TGGJustin There is a difference between not profiting to your greed and not profiting full stop. Sony Japan's games made plenty of profit.
@tehpees3 You have sources for that? Going to need more than just you assume they made plenty of profit. I expect you know how much each game cost to make and how many they sold to well overtake the cost to make/market.
There is no way Gravity Rush cost as much as Last of Us 2 or Horizon to produce. You just have to compare the scale of the games. If Last Guardian cost that much, maybe Sony should not have announced and developed it for PS3 if it was not technically capable. You do not need a source. You need to observe the scale and depth of the games. Last of Us 2 has many CGI sequences and Horizon is a huge open world game, so do not tell me the majority of Japan Studio's games cost as much as those. You do not need a source, it is just common sense. Gravity Rush could not have cost as much as GOW, Horizon or Last of Us. NO WAY!
We all know that Gravity Rush didn't cost as much as TLoU2 and GOW but it also sold 100x less than those games.
They say that Japan is still their focus, but their actions say otherwise.
Focusing Japan with Japan Studio as it was isn't a good decision either. Their works mostly collaborations with other developers and very few are blockbusters. I don't think Sony neglect Japan, they just want to make a better bet, more people at promising ASOBI team is the proof.
Where is Sony HQ? There is your answer.
Sony was going west, all the signs were there.
Ah. Makes sense now why Toyama left. Sucks as they made some great games.
Well, so much for all those rumors/speculation that they were going to take over Konami IP.
Does this mean a new Ape Escape game is never going to happen?
This is exactly what I came in here to address.
Probably handed the keys over to Team Asobi. If it happens I'm sure it would be in capable hands.
It is not like they would lose any IP in the process. They can easily assign it to any existing studio or new studios in the future.
Any studio can make Sony first party they could give parapa to the god of war Devs if they want because Sony own it's IP
Team asobi are more than capable, that is kind of the point of this move. Japan studio had become a sort of support studio, supporting Bluepoint, clap handz and fromsoft and there output was not as successful as it used to be or just average.
WOW yet another horrid decision by Jim Ryan. The guy is a COMPLETE tool. Can't wait to see what that moron does next.
They made asobi into it's own team and increased the staff. So a new bigger Astro it seems reasonable. A lot of people followers one of the oldies that started his own studio. If you read the article it seems more of a resteucture
The guy is old. He should just retire and stay away from our playstation
I am not sure who was responsible for SIE HQ moving to California and the censorship policies, but Playstation seems like it is ditching Japan to focus on the Western markets like the Xbox. Part of what made Playstation popular were the fun, quirky games from Japanese developers, who now will likely gravitate to Nintendo, who seem to understand their home market better than Sony.
This. This so much.
Jim Ryan is the Don Mattrick of Sony.
Not even a little bit.
“ It was Phil who closed the studios not Don” And Phil is also the one buying up ton and tons of studios for MS.
King_Noctis1d 10h ago Jim Ryan is the Don Mattrick of Sony.*** Don Mattrick sold more Xb consoles than Bill Gates and Phil Spenser combined. lolol
Yep. The Sony we've come to known since 1994 died when Jim Ryan took over. Might be time to move over to PC gaming.
Thats what im thinking to do too. Im looking at PC parts and looking how to build.
yah not a fan of Jim Ryan at all... they need to expand and give more freedom to japanese devs, not censor and shut them down...
It’s nothing personal, it’s only business, when you don’t produce a product that sells well your inevitably going to shut up shop, Sony Japan while a great studio there games didn’t sell well enough and unfortunately this is the outcome.
So, if they made great games and they didn't sell well who is really to blame? Gamers who decided not to buy their games. Personally, I think this is a loss to the industry. Sony is heavy on action adventure games and Sony Japan provided diversity. Sad to see them go.
I agree. Sony Japan did unique things and is part of what made Sony special. Can't help but think Sony lost a bit of that with this move.
Bad idea Sony bad idea
they're winding down the thing that gets people to buy playstations basically... do you know how many people bought a playstation just for bloodborne? lol. A lot of their western exclusives are getting PC releases too.
[email protected]#K! They're one of my favorite studios, so damn talented and under utilized. Guess Ape Escape is dead for good. This hurts...
This is a huge blow if true. They created so many good, new, fresh IPs/games over the years and even contributed to recent ones like DS.
Jim Ryan for ya. Mans to scared to take risks. Hate British business execs. Send leadership back to the United States or to Japan, Jim Ryan lacks the ability to competantly get anything done.
I'm nervous about Playstation being in his hands. Obviously we only get very limited insight into the inner workings of Playstation, but much of what has trickled through and even some things that he openly states go completely against what I love about Playstation. I was hoping to see Sony grow their japanese studio presence not wind it down. Of course, this is not official confimation and we're lacking all the details. I don't wanna jump to wrong conclusions, but if the supposed power struggle between Jim Ryan and Shawn Layden really took place, I'd much rather live in a reality where Shawn won out. Shawn clearly loves games and is from the old guard of Playstation. Jim on the other hand seems like a typical suit who only cares about the bottom line. I hope I'm wrong, but I don't think I am.
Well, what has he done to get consoles into gamers hands? Nothing. They dont have any kind of a plan to fight scalpers, just keep cranking out consoles to be sucked up by scalpers and theyve just announced PSVR 2. Uh.... But nobody can buy PSVR 2 because they dont have a PS5. He just cant get it done. Andrew House didnt do jack squat either. Shawn Layden did okay but didnt last long. Let me tell you though, of everyone, Jack Tretton took the industry by storm, hes the Tom Kalinski of the PlayStation. PS3 was hurting, look what Tretton got done to launch the PS4, he made the PS3 succeed first and that set things eat to easily launch the PS4. Jim Ryan? Are you kidding me?
He is an IDIOT. Has no business whatsoever running SIE. Bring Shawn Layden back. He got it. We seem to be going the wrong direction with the complete lack of quality of these execs. Also all he seems to be able to talk about is how they are going to outsell PS4. Yeah not if you keep doing this crap.
Not going to lie this is sad to see if true. This ranks up there with the death of turn based AAA jrpgs for me. Everything I loved about gaming in the 90's and early 00's is slowly dying.
At what point does fans start to voice concerns about this guy?
Might have to start a petition for him to resign or something before the damage is so bad it won't matter any more
Funny enough some have actually made some already https://www.change.org/p/so...
I'm actually starting to worry here. This is not good news.
With the way Playstation seems to work as a business, with the various regional divisions like SIE Japan, SIE Europe, SIE America all operating almost completely independently from one another, I'd be surprised to learn Jim Ryan even had anything to do with that decision. It sucks for Japan Studio, but until this article came out I couldn't have an example of a PS exclusive made by that studio in recent years come to my mind. I thought Ico, Shadow of the Colossus and The Last Guardian came from Team Ico, not Japan Studio, for example. Here's hoping we'll still get a new Fumito Ueda game at some point, and not 10 years from now. But, yeah, it's starting to add up. Evolution Studio, that studio that made MAG, that other one that made Wipeout HD... What the hell are they thinking? I understand keeping all those studios afloat must not be cheap, but you do have to spend money to make money, at some point.
This sucks yeah, but have to keep in mind that their recent games were not selling much. Still sucks though...
I'm glad that so many of you "experts" aren't running Sony.
Yeah, some of us are Playstation fans because of them, so...
This is not good news at all, like what is the goal here in having Japan Studio pretty much done away with? Playstation has always had quirky delightful Japanese games to contrast the big AAA action games, and now this is one less studio in Sony's stable to provide that kind of content that we have come to look forward to. I hope third party Japanese developers won't look at this and go, are we still relevant to Playstation like we once were? I do not agree with this vision that Jim has for Playstation it doesn't bode well for the future imo.
Told you, Playstation made their intentions clear when they moved their headquaters to San Mateo. They are going for the woke western crowd. Japan Studios doesn't align with the plan. https://n4g.com/news/239738...
I have to admit, Jim Ryan is starting to lie a lot and I'm also having second thoughts about Sony new direction. Sounds like they're trying to focus only on western games
GREAT the last thing we need is more dude bro shooter crap.
There goes the heart of Sony. Jim Ryan is just a corporate stooge who has no passion for video games and unfortunately this is just the latest of his bad decisions. It wasn't his first and won't be his last.
Mate, did he just kill the opportunity for legend of dragoon remake? We need a petition to get him out. But funny enough theres some petitions out there to get Jim Ryan out
Why Sony why!? First the Jim Ryan interview about PC ports, lackluster state of play, and now this? What is going on with Sony? Come on. Remember last week when everybody was complaining about some of Nintendo's strategies? I wonder what they think about this, then? I guess nobody is perfect. I would think that in a time when MS has so many studios, Sony would want to hold on to their best one.
Its such a shame they were losing money for trying to make fun games. Im really going to miss the Everybody's Golf games.
Asobi is a very good talented studio and it needs more staff. But not from studio Japan. We the people just want a bloodborne 2. That's all