Last month, Sony President and CEO Kazuo Hirai acknowledged that the company would be aggressively looking to enter the mobile gaming business. Now, Sony has confirmed that its PlayStation division will be releasing ‘five or six’ games to iOS and Android before March 2018.
The games will be released through Sony’s ForwardWorks subsidiary which Sony established to front the move to adding mobile platforms to its releases. Through the releases on mobile, it hopes to entice mobile gamers to make the move over to the PlayStation 4 and loyal customers of its gaming platforms.
When ForwardWorks was announced, the goal the subsidiary was set was described as
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 optimized 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.
This isn’t the first time Sony has sought to break into the mobile space as it launched the PlayStation Suite for its own Xperia smartphones in 2011. In late 2014, Sony stopped work on the PlayStation Mobile platform.
It may be too early to get excited though as Sony has only confirmed its titles will release in Japan followed by other Asian markets. The company has no current plans to bring them West into Europe and North America.