February 6, 2023

Staff Asobi, developer of the Astro recreation room, acknowledged that their subsequent recreation can be “the largest up to now”.

In a brand new interview with GamesIndustry.Biz, Staff Asobi Artistic Director and Studio Director Nicolas Doucet briefly spoke about the way forward for the studio and its rising crew.

“We now have ongoing manufacturing and it is going properly,” Doucet mentioned. “However we need to have one other group for analysis and growth, and we need to have sufficient folks on this group to discover as many attention-grabbing areas as attainable. And doubtlessly begin different initiatives.”

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Doucet additionally talked about the studio’s growth crew, which has a continuously altering lineup of builders, permitting them to nurture concepts and experiment with new applied sciences for potential inclusion in future video games.

“We all the time have an additional crew,” Doucet instructed GI. “In all probability 90% of the studio is in manufacturing, however within the background there’s a small group of people who find themselves already touching the applied sciences of tomorrow or attempting one thing with the applied sciences that we now have in the present day, however taking them in a brand new route.

“With a view to hold this freshness, this R&D crew must be modified very often. Folks go into manufacturing after which possibly do R&D for some time.”

Final yr, VGC revealed that the studio was engaged on a brand new 3D motion recreation.

Staff Asobi’s LinkedIn job itemizing revealed that the studio is in search of a recreation designer who will concentrate on creating “varied ranges for a 3D motion recreation.”

Nicolas Doucet beforehand mentioned that he would contemplate a sequel to Astro’s Playroom, however there have been no plans on the time and lots would rely on the recognition of the sport.

In VGC’s assessment of Astro’s Playroom, we mentioned, “Astro’s Playroom is each an incredible DualSense app and an unforgettable inventive tribute to the historical past of the PlayStation. Video games have by no means been so satisfying.”

Sources instructed VGC final February that Sony was planning to wind down its Japanese studio, with most of its builders being laid off and the remaining employees being taken over by Staff Asobi.

Sony later confirmed this in a press release: “In an effort to additional strengthen enterprise operations, SIE is ready to verify that PlayStation Studios Japan Studio will reorganize into a brand new entity on April 1st.

“Japan Studio can be refocusing on Staff ASOBI, the inventive crew behind Astro’s Playroom, permitting the crew to give attention to a unified imaginative and prescient and construct on the recognition of Astro’s Playroom.”