Sony is closing its iconic Japan Studio

After rumors that Sony’s Japan Studio was going to be discontinued, the news has just been confirmed in a statement from Sony.

Astro Bot, one of the studio’s games Credits: PlayStation

In recent years, Sony seems to be gradually abandoning the Japanese market, and this is confirmed once again with the gradual closure of Japan Studio. The studio behind Astro Bot, Ape Escape ou encore The Last Guardian, and many others, had recently faced rumors of a disappearance from the studio. Sony, in an official statement, did not explicitly confirm these rumors, but claimed that Japan Studio is currently undergoing a major reorganization, which is just another term to say that it is expected to close soon.

All the projects under development come under the direction of Team ASOBI and the studio will no longer have any real utility within the Sony ecosystem. In addition, all licenses that were managed by the studio will be transferred to PlayStation Studios directly. This is not very surprising news when you consider that some major developers had left the studio in recent months, with three departures occurring just this month. Among them is Keiichiro Toyama, the director of Silent Hill, who founded his own Bokeh Game studio last December.

One of the reasons for this break with Japan Studio could be its insufficient profitability, or its too closed ideology. Indeed, it has been mentioned by some media that the studio had in mind to develop games for the Japanese, while Sony prefers to develop international games, that is to say that appeal to the greatest world and not. just in Japan. Finally, after 28 years of good and loyal service, it’s a turning point for all the collaborators of Japan Studio and we hope that the greatest titles he has worn will be worked with the same passion by the other studios.

Source: Journal du Geek by

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