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Sony Japan Studios to be restructured and centered around Team ASOBI (Astro Bot)


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PlayStation is reportedly scaling back original game development at Japan Studio, the team behind Ape Escape and Gravity Rush.



In an effort to further strengthen business operations, SIE can confirm PlayStation Studios JAPAN Studio will be re-organized into a new organization on April 1. JAPAN Studio will be re-centered to Team ASOBI, the creative team behind Astro's PLAYROOM, allowing the team to focus on a single vision and build on the popularity of Astro’s PLAYROOM.


In addition, the roles of external production, software localization, and IP management of JAPAN Studio titles will be concentrated within the global functions of PlayStation Studios.


On one hand, Sony Japan was a unique part of Playstation Studios, and they brought some cool ideas to the table. On the other hand, there were rumors already that they would be scaled back because their games have not gained the kind of traction the rest of Playstation Studios have, plus the growth of the western market.


tbh, my favorite stuff from Sony Japan that gets me genuinely excited has beem from Team ASOBI, and the fact that they're going to build on the popular of Astro's Playroom gets me VERY excited that Sony will back them for more Astro Bot VR, or another IP, or a bigger and zanier Astro Bot game.

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