March 25:Nintendo isn’t the only console manufacturer with its eyes on the smartphone space. PS4 maker Sony has put its hat into the ring as well. The company announced the formation of ForwardWorks. Its purpose is to make apps for smartphones based on PlayStation games and characters.
“ForwardWorks will leverage the intellectual property of the numerous PlayStation dedicated software titles and its gaming characters as well as the knowledge and know-how of gaming development expertise which was acquired over the years with PlayStation business to provide gaming application optimised for smart devices including smartphones to users in Japan and Asia. The company will aim to deliver users with opportunity to casually enjoy full-fledged game titles in the new filed of the smart device market,” a press release from the company reads.
This won’t be the first time we’d see PlayStation games on smartphones. In the past Run Sackboy! Run! a spin-off of popular PlayStation platformer LittleBigPlanet graced mobile devices as did Knack’s Quest and Ratchet & Clank: Before the Nexus. There have been a host of companion apps as well for games like Beyond: Two Souls, SingStar, and Until Dawn.
FordwardWorks will open its doors officially on April 1. Don’t expect its games to hit India anytime soon though. The press release explicitly states that its catering to Asia and Japan regions only. India falls under European territories for Sony which leaves us off the list for now.