- Title: Sony plans to tap into a sense of nostalgia with release of new mobile game titles
- Date: 7th December 2016
- Summary: TOKYO, JAPAN (DECEMBER 7, 2016) (REUTERS) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SONY'S SMARTPHONE GAMING COMPANY, FORWARD WORKS CORPORATION, TOMOKI KAWAGUCHI WALKING ONTO STAGE
- Embargoed: 22nd December 2016 10:51
- Keywords: Sony Japan mobile game mobile game Tokyo Nintendo gaming Pokemon Go PlayStation nostalgia
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Reuters ID: LVA0015BVW1UH
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Sony's latest mobile game undertaking, run by subordinate company ForwardWorks Corporation, announced on Wednesday (December 7) they would be tapping into a sense of nostalgia by releasing mobile game versions of past Playstation titles.
The corporation which launched in March this year, was created for Sony to delve further into the ever-expanding smart device market, hoping to replicate with its own gaming franchises the success of console rival Nintendo Co's Pokemon GO.
Titles such as "Everybody's Golf," which had its first version launched in 1997, and puzzle game "What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord?" will both be published on smart device platforms next spring and summer respectively.
Role-playing games that were pioneers of its kind during the 90s, such as "Arc The Lad," and "Wild Arms," will also be launched, but dates are still tentative.
The only brand new title that was introduced today was "Sora to Umi No Aida," created in collaboration with game company, Square Enix, featuring six girls learning to fish in space, after all marine lifeforms have become extinct on earth.
Sony also revealed its newest gaming device, Project Field, which will allow players to enjoy card games in a new way, the project's manager, Kazunori Sakamoto said.
Project Field's release was not yet announced, but the company is in the process of developing a Sony tablet on which players can play electronic cards.
"We wanted to add some digital spice to an analog experience," said Sakamoto.
Sony will release as many as six smartphone games in the financial year starting April.
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