Pokémon GO has already had a profound impact on many mobile owners, but its influence hasn’t stopped short of its audiences, as Sony now looks to be eager to enter mobile gaming through new startup, ForwardWorks.
Sony exec Kaz Hirai told the Financial Times (via. Metro) that the company will be “aggressively” entering mobile gaming, praising the popular Niantic app’s augmented-reality features in particular, as something Sony would like to pursue. According to Hirai, it’s a “great innovative idea that’s going to lift all boats for the video game industry.”
This isn’t Sony’s first venture into AR, however. The Eyetoy for the PlayStation 2 sucked players into various competitive minigames, while the later Invizimals and Eyepet games used camera attachments to send various alien creatures sprawling about your living room. Given the recent leap in mobile technology, however, Sony will be able to utilise the improved camera and GPS systems native to current phones to create a more intuitive (and possibly more immersive) experience than has been seen previously.
“It’s quite a shift from being just a console-based business to being on mobile phones as well” Hirai added.
Sony announced its interest in the mobile scene back in March, when new subsidiary ForwardWorks was revealed to head the production of smartphone games. According to The Verge, the division will produce “full-fledged game titles” that will feature characters and IP from the PlayStation universe.
So, what can we expect? Might we be delving into the depths of Tesco in search of Francis Drake’s fortune? Or skimming various monuments to grind for Spyro gems? As a new game from ForwardWorks has yet to be announced, it looks like we’ll just have to wait and see.