Sony creates ForwardWorks to bat against Nintendo mobile efforts


It’s 2016 and Sony is finally ready to make its bid in the advancement of mobile gaming beyond casual titles like Candy Runner and Subway Somethingorother. After taking care of the ephemeral space with its announcement of the PlayStation VR, it’s now put together ForwardWorks Corp., a new unit that will incubate and sell “full-fledged game titles in the new filed(sic) of the smart device market.”

The effort is focused at the Japanese and other Asian markets, unlike the products that Nintendo is developing. Miitomo is the first application of several that’s expected to reach American, Australian and European shores in the near future. Miitomo is considered as a social interaction platform with light gaming implemented. Other games relating to Nintendo’s traditional franchises like Super Smash Bros. are expected.

Sony has been progressive in pushing smartphone integration into “real gaming” with PlayStation Mobile in 2012, something we’ve reviewed. That app was shuttered two years later.

The company has seeded ¥10 million (aprox. $88,000) into the new subsidiary and will begin operations on April 1. We’re not sure if the old Android stalwart will expand its development focus to the iPhone.

Source: Sony
Via: PhoneArena

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.