During a recent interview with Edge Magazine, Jim Ryan, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s president and CEO, indicated that Sony has no plans to shift the PlayStation brand away from Japanese-developed games.
When Ryan was asked about the “conscious shift away from the Japanese market,” the CEO responded by saying that, “The Sony stance is that the Japanese market remains incredibly important to us. We have not been as excited about the engagement of the Japanese game development community as we are now for many years.”
The CEO continues by stating that he noticed Japanese companies starting to move towards mobile gaming around ten years ago. However, he says that Japanese game developers have shifted gears within the past five years and have returned to console, which hasn’t changed with the PS5.
In the interview, Ryan also points out that the ‘Future of Play‘ stream highlighted eight video games from Japanese developers earlier this year.
The CEO then goes on to that, “I’d also observe that we’re making a statement by launching in Japan day and date with the US, and that is not what we did with PS4. So I read that stuff. A lot of that commentary is inaccurate, and Japan — as our second largest market and as Sony’s heartland — continues to be really important to us.”
Some upcoming Japanese titles for the PS5 include Scarlet Nexus (not exclusive), Pragmata (not exclusive), Project Athia (PS5 exclusive), Final Fantasy XVI (PS5 exclusive), Ghostwire: Tokyo (PS5 exclusive).