Perhaps taking a page from Nintendo’s new book, Sony has just announced that they’re forming a new company specifically for the creation of mobile games, or, as their incredibly formal wording says, “aimed to deploy new services toward the ever-expanding smart device market.” The company’s called ForwardWorks Corporation, and it will take advantage of Sony’s many gaming IPs and the company’s development experience “to provide gaming application optimized for smart devices including smartphones.”

But—and this may be crucial—that last quoted statement ends with the following prepositional phrase: “to users in Japan and Asia.” So, like, we have no idea if or when we’ll eve be able to “casually enjoy” these “full-fledged game titles” in the West.

ForwardWorks is set to begin operations on April 1st—so, next week—and on that same day, the company we know as Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. will also be officially changing its name. From SCE, it will become SIE, Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

And, of course, the entire press release ends with a sentence of meaningless corporate jargon: “SIE will vigorously maximize the corporate value and create new business opportunities through the establishment of ForwardWorks.”

Source: Sony Computer Entertainment

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Barry Herbers
I write editorials here at Gamnesia and occasionally some news (though far less often than I used to). Here's some of my work, long-form game essays, if you have any interest in that sort of stuff: The Amount of Content in a Game Has Nothing to do with its Price A Game's Atmosphere is Defined by its Mechanics, Not its Aesthetic The Witcher 3's Introduction is Terribly Paced and Too Restrictive of its Players I'm looking forward to The Last Guardian (had it pre-ordered since 2010), Rime, Night in the Woods, and Vane. If I had a niche, it would probably be the somewhat higher fidelity indie games, as take up most of the spots on that list. I'm also developing a no-budget video game with a friend, and you can follow me on Twitter (@TheVioletBarry) to hear about that and anything else I feel like saying. Film, games, it's that sort of stuff.


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