Japan Studio News: TODAY, THE COMPANY GAVE THE LAST NAIL IN THE CASKET OF JAPAN STUDIO THROUGH ITS OFFICIAL PAGE
One of Sony’s first video game developer studios was Japan Studio. This team founded in 1993 created some of the most iconic franchises of the company’s early years. They created memorable video games like Ape Escape, Shadow of the Colossus, ICO, Patapon, and Gravity Rush, among many others.
In addition, they served as support for new deliveries such as the remake of Demon’s Souls and in Astro’s Playroom. However, it appears that Sony’s restructuring has taken its first victim. This decision seemed inevitable after the company decided to focus this study in support of Team ASOBI and PlayStation Studios.
SONY REPLACED JAPAN STUDIO WITH TEAM ASOBI
When the internal changes of Sony began, great figures who grew up with the company such as Masami Yamamoto decided to quit their job within Japan Studios.
Now, in perspective it seems that this decision of its creatives had been a movement that foresaw the inevitable for the studio.
Finally, Sony changed the section of its official site dedicated to the PlayStation Studios group where we can see its main developer studios. Until a couple of days ago, together with Guerrilla, Insomniac Games and Bend Studio, there was Japan Studio with the message: ‘The ancient talent behind the most original PlayStation titles’.
Now, that place is occupied by the Team ASOBI logo that can take its place within the company. Currently, this studio created Astro’s Playroom, the first exclusive to the PlayStation 5.
However, part of the talent that characterized Japan Studio has decided to create its own independent studios where you can explore your ideas without the supervision of Sony. For example; Masami Yamamoto opened EPIGRAsm and Silent Hill creator Keiichiro Toyama opened Bokeh Game Studio which is already planning to develop a new horror game.