Sony Set To Bring Playstation Games To IOS, Android Devices

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Tokyo: Japanese console giant Sony PlayStation is to re-apply itself to mobile gaming, with new studio ForwardWorks dedicated to “full-fledged” smartphone games.

The move comes a week after Nintendo’s social network and gaming hybrid Miitomo launched in Japan for Apple iOS and Android devices, tallying one million users in its first three days of availability.

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As fans worldwide look forward to a simpler, regionally appropriate method of sharing the peculiar joys of “Miitomo,” Sony Computer Entertainment – the company behind the PlayStation brand name – is announcing a smartphone drive of its own.

In contrast to Nintendo’s atypical approach, and on the same day that SCE renames itself Sony Interactive Entertainment, April 1 2016, ForwardWorks will start out on its mission to deliver “full-fledged game titles” on Android and iOS.

It’s to harness PlayStation’s “numerous dedicated software titles and its gaming characters,” emphasising Sony’s background in traditional gaming pursuits.

It’s a background that also included an earlier, now shuttered venture into mass-market portable devices by way of PlayStation Mobile, a cross-platform publishing program which ran from 2012 to 2015. But that was mainly for smaller, independent developers rather than a concerted push onto mobile by a dedicated internal studio.

Perhaps recognizing differences in global gaming tastes, as well as the particular niches that mobile games can fill, ForwardWorks is being set up with a focus on users in Japan and Asia, at least at first, and while emphasizing Sony’s history in console gaming, these “full-fledged” games will be developed with “casual” enjoyment in mind.