Sony has confirmed that Japan Studio, its inside online game developer based mostly in Tokyo, will primarily wind down and refocus round a single workforce. In a statement to IGN, Japan Studio stated as of April 1st it will be “re-centered to Team Asobi, the creative team behind Astro’s Playroom, allowing the team to focus on a single vision and build on the popularity of Astro’s Playroom.” In different phrases, prepare for extra Astro video games.
Astro’s Playroom is a well-received title packaged with each PlayStation 5 console. It’s a 3D platformer designed to indicate off the superior haptic suggestions of the brand new DualSense controller. Earlier than that, the identical workforce developed Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, broadly thought of to be the standout unique PlayStation VR title.
VGC previously reported today that the “vast majority” of Japan Studio workers have been being let go as Sony declined to resume their annual contracts, which run till the tip of the fiscal yr on March 31st. Some workers are stated to have been reassigned to Group Asobi, whereas others are reportedly becoming a member of Bokeh, a brand new studio based by Silent Hill and Gravity Rush director Keiichiro Toyama.
Whereas Group Asobi’s work thus far is acclaimed, Japan Studio has been an vital a part of Sony’s first-party PlayStation growth efforts for many years. It created collection like Ape Escape, Patapon, and LocoRoco, whereas additionally aiding with growth on titles like Bloodborne and The Final Guardian. Earlier than leaving final yr, Toyama led a division that was answerable for the Siren and Gravity Rush video games.