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Sony re-organizing Japan Studios around Team Asobi (Astro games)


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Here is the article...

 

https://www.ign.com/articles/playstation-reportedly-downscales-sony-japan-studio

 

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SIE has confirmed that PlayStation Studios JAPAN Studio will be re-organized following reports that game development at the first-party developer will be scaled back. In a statement to IGN, Sony announced that Japan Studio will be "re-centered" around Team ASOBI, the development unit behind Astro's Playroom.Localization, IP management, and external production will also be concentrated within the global functions wing of PlayStation Studios. Sony launched PlayStation Studios as a new umbrella brand that houses the company's first-party game developers including Sony Santa Monica, Naughty Dog, Sucker Punch, Insomniac, and more. Effectively shifting parts of Japan Studio's assets to the global brand.

 

One side of me is happy to see Team ASOBI hopefully getting more focus and push but the other sees this as a significant downsizing of the studio responsible for some of Sony’s most imaginative titles throughout the years. I’m gonna miss stuff like Puppeteer, Patapon, LocoRoco, etc. Though it’s been obvious this was coming for awhile as much of the core talent has either left or spread to other Sony studios.

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This has been coming for a while and was obvious to those paying attention with a stream of people leaving + projects not getting spun up. In effect, end of an era - ASOBI is not enough to fill that void of "quirky" Team Japan games. 

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