Japan Studio delisted by Sony, sealing its inevitable fate

The curtain has officially fallen for Japan Studio. After being disbanded a while ago, PlayStation has pulled the plug on it by removing the studio from its list of studios. It’s sad to see one of Sony’s oldest first-party developers go like this, but it hardly comes as a surprise. You know, since PlayStation has shifted its focus to Western developers.

With one click on the delete button, PlayStation has put an end to an era of Patapon, Knack, and LocoRoco. But where the deletion of Japan Studios could have created a void, Astro’s Playroom developer Team Asobi feels comfortable filling that gap. According to a recently archived version of Sony’s website, the switcheroo took place fairly recently, and I’d like to thank PushSquare for pointing that out.

Then again, it’s not that Sony has had any trouble finding substitutes. PlayStation Studios’ commander in chief Hermen Hulst has been tweeting studio acquisitions around the clock. Finnish developer Housemarque was the first of the alleged three recently bought studios to get taken in. Dutch PC port expert Nixxes’ take-over followed shortly after. Demons’ Souls remaker Bluepoint Games is rumored to be the third acquired studio, but Sony hasn’t officially confirmed that one.

Even though Sony makes an effort to keep up with the never-ending demand for quality first-party games, it’s always sad to see a big name go. Therefore, I’d like to thank Japan Studio for everything they’ve given us in the past years. So… Arigato, Japan Studio. Arigatōgozaimashita for games like Ape Escape and Gravity Rush. Dōmo arigatōgozaimashita for your contribution to Bloodborne. We will always remember you for what you’ve done for us.

Sayōnara, old friend…