New smartphone games coming in 2018
Just as Sony launched its PlayStation VR headset, a new proprietary piece of video game hardware, the company has also announced plans to move more aggressively into the hardware-agnostic mobile gaming space.
Sony said it is working on at least five titles developed exclusively for iOS and Android devices.
This is of course not the first time Sony has delved into the mobile space. But it is a markedly different approach than it has tried before.
With its PlayStation Mobile platform, Sony still tried to dictate the hardware and software requirements of its Android presence, with only a handful of devices being granted the "PlayStation" certification. And it was never available on iOS. The platform was officially axed after failing to generate any exceptionally noteworthy titles.
The company has released a few standalone mobile games, but for the most part they are casual fare, usually aimed at promoting full-scale console titles.
In addition, there is an official PlayStation mobile app to allow users to access their account, view trophies, and chat with their PS3/PS4 friends. And Sony has made its PlayStation Vue and PlayStation Video streaming apps available on other platforms.
Today's announcement is the last step in Sony fully embracing the open nature of the mobile space. The new titles will be the first games developed by the PlayStation teams which do not mandate any connection to Sony-sanctioned hardware or services.
The new games will be developed via ForwardWorks, a Sony subsidiary that opened last year to focus on mobile platforms. Sony says they will be released in its 2018 fiscal year (April 2017 - March 2018). The titles will be available first in Japan and other Asian markets.