I’m sure that I don’t need to remind you that mobile gaming caught a big break this year with Pokemon Go, and it seems that major games developers have taken notice. According to Nikkei, Sony is aiming to release games based on some of its popular PlayStation brands on smartphones.
According to the report, Sony is planning to release five or more mobile games, which will be targeted at the Japanese and other Asian markets to begin with. The game titles are expected to be revealed by the end of the year, but Sony may be planning to revive some of its older names and franchises. There’s also talk about linking some of these titles to upcoming console releases. These game are scheduled to appear some time around late March 2018 and ForwardWorks will be handling distribution.
Sony isn’t the only gaming company paying more attention to mobile. During the launch of Apple’s iPhone 7, Nintendo revealed that it would be launching Super Mario Run on the mobile platform this year. An Android release was confirmed shortly afterwards. Speaking of Android development, the release of the new Vulkan API for Android Nougat is also likely to spur additional development in mobile games in the coming years, thanks to its cross platform capabilities and notable performance improvements.
Sony has not commented on the topic.