Japan Studio has ceased to exist, but according to unofficial reports, Sony is not giving up on the potential of developers from the Land of the Rising Sun. It is said that a completely new studio has been set up to develop AAA games. Veterans of the Japanese industry join the team.
At one time, Sony decided to significantly reorganize and resigned from Japan Studio, which was somehow transformed into Asobi Studio. For the PlayStation brand, however, Japan still remains an extremely important market , as Hermen Hulst assured in a recent interview.
Currently, we have not received any official announcements regarding Sony’s plans in the indicated market, however, an intriguing news was shared by a Reddit user. Air_Radiant was one of the first to announce the acquisition of Housemarque, while it received information about another investment by the Japanese giant.
The guide obtained details of the company’s next activities from the same trusted person who confirmed the acquisition of the team responsible for Returnal. It turns out that Sony is possibly “in the process of building a brand new studio in Japan that will be working on AAA high-budget games . “
As the informant points out, the secret team can be compared to The Initiative from Microsoft, and according to reports, developers may already be working on large productions that will be successful in Japan and the West.
“In short, they want this studio to create an IP like Resident Evil, Monster Hunter, Devil May Cry or Metal Gear. A source told me they were hiring veterans from the Resident Evil Capcom team, developers from Square Enix, and even developers from Konami (reportedly many of the veterans were fired after Konami’s reorganization earlier this year).
Currently, it is not indicated what project it is talking about, but it is said that the process was supposed to start in early 2020, when Sony was already trying to close the Japan Studio. However, the works are at an early stage of development, and more specialists are still joining the team.
Air_Radiant emphasized that at the beginning he treated the above information with distance (although the same source confirmed the acquisition of Housemarque), but in this case he contacted another person and received confirmation that the studio would be disclosed in the coming months – along with a new game.