Sony Japan Studio will likely be reorganized, in accordance to Sony Interactive Entertainment. An announcement from JAPAN Studio mentioned that these adjustments will take have an effect on on April 1, 2021 and lead to a “new organization.” Namely, downsizing and shifts will lead to solely Team ASOBI remaining. [Thanks, IGN!]

Team ASOBI developed the free PlayStation 5 launch title Astro’s Playroom. The purpose is to permit the event staff to additional develop on the Astro Bot collection’ recognition by specializing in a single imaginative and prescient. The recreation comes pre-loaded on each PlayStation 5 and is designed to introduce newcomers to the DualSense controller’s options. The Astro Bots themselves first debuted in The Playroom, a PlayStation four pre-installed utility designed to peripherals just like the PlayStation Camera. The developer additionally labored on the PSVR recreation Astro Bot Rescue Mission.

Here’s the complete assertion, which was offered to IGN.

In an effort to additional strengthen enterprise operations, SIE can affirm PlayStation Studios JAPAN Studio will likely be re-organized into a brand new group on April 1. JAPAN Studio will likely be re-centered to Team ASOBI, the artistic staff behind Astro’s PLAYROOM, permitting the staff to give attention to a single imaginative and prescient and construct on the recognition of Astro’s PLAYROOM.

In addition, the roles of exterior manufacturing, software program localization, and IP administration of JAPAN Studio titles will likely be concentrated inside the world capabilities of PlayStation Studios.

This affirmation adopted a VGC report that claimed sources mentioned a “vast majority” of builders from Japan Studios had been laid off after their annual contracts expired. Multiple builders have additionally left the studio not too long ago. This consists of Silent Hill creator Keiichiro Toyama. Masaaki Yamagiwa, who produced Bloodborne, may even be leaving.