Last week, Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan confirmed that more of their first-class exclusives will come to the computer. In the last few days, Sony has confirmed that it is restructuring Sony Japan Studio, with many developers leaving while others have been taken over by other teams.
So maybe Sony doesn’t realize that Japan Studio games are the ones that need to be transferred to a computer as a matter of urgency?
When I think of Sony’s iconic games, it’s not Horizon: Zero Dawn (which came on PC last year) or Days Gone (which comes this spring). These are third-person action adventures of the kind I can now play on a computer. I can̵
No, I think about the entertainment of Loco Roco and Patapon. I’m thinking of Pomeranian survival sim Tokyo Jungle and DualShock pioneer Ape Escape. I think, of course, of prestigious (somewhat overpriced) classics like Ico, Shadow Of The Colossus and The Last Obstinate Bird Dog.
Many of these games have been developed in collaboration with other teams, either internal, as in the case of Team Ico, or external companies such as Pyramid on Patapon. Many of the specific developers responsible for these games have also already left Sony Japan Studio, as in the case of the Gravity Rush Team Gravity developers. Maybe the name Japanese studio therefore doesn’t mean much anymore – and maybe never.
But games mean a lot. They are weird, ambitious, often wildly optimistic, video games with ass. There aren’t too many of them, and the few that are made usually happen on a computer now. Pikuniku, an independent platformer, for example, seems so obviously inspired by some of Japan Studio’s games. In my opinion, this makes the work of Japan Studio deserve to be more widely available and makes their computer the ideal home.
Transferring them to a computer also doesn’t seem like a dream. Many of these games – Colossus, Patapon, Parappa The Rapper, Loco Roco – have already received Remasters in the last few years, including some that previously brought exclusive PSP games to the PlayStation 4. Maybe there is already a plan to do just that. which I offer.
But if we get to the end of 2021 and Sony announce that the game that comes after Days Gone is Restarting Sad Dad or Killing Dogs: A Warning Tale, then I’ll feel like a missed opportunity.
TL; DR: Run Knack on the computer, you cowards.