Business news PS5 – The end for Japan Studio (Ape Escape, Gravity Rush)?
Bad news for gamers, Japan Studio, Sony’s first first-party studio founded in 1993 and author of cult licenses such as Ape Escape and Gravity Rush, is being restructured according to numerous VGC sources and is subsequently relayed to the second plan to become a support studio.
Times are tough for the video game world and it is felt more and more when we take a closer look at our favorite industry: Stadia Games and Entertainment studios are closing their doors, the Anthem Next update is canceled and many games are postponed to undetermined release dates. But today, according to a survey by VGC, it would be Japan Studio’s turn to be turned upside down. Indeed, the various Japan Studio teams behind numerous productions recognized around the world such as Ape Escape, Gravity Rush, The Last Guardian or even PaRappa the Rapper would see their workforce reduced significantly in the near future, or before the next review of the PlayStation brand which will take place on April 1, 2021.
According to various sources therefore, Japan Studio has not been profitable enough in recent years, the fault of productions aimed exclusively or almost exclusively at a Japanese audience, and for Sony, the objective is no longer to create games for specific territories, but to target a wider audience. Conclusion, Still according to sources shared by VGC, Japan Studio will no longer make games in the future, but will be used as a supporting studio. A news which is not that surprising since Japan Studio had already worked alongside Bluepoint Games, to help with the development of Demon’s Souls Remake.
Obviously, this restructuring marks the beginning of a good number of departures in the premises of Japan Studio, starting with Masaaki Yamagiwa, the producer of Bloodborne, and Keiichiro Toyama, the creator of the Gravity Rush saga or of Silent Hill. Some Japan Studio survivors will also be moved, VGC announcement. Only Team ASOBI (Astro’s Playroom), one of the subsidiaries of Japan Studio, will be saved in order to become an autonomous studio.
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By Jeromejoffard, Writing jeuxvideo.com