Sony's 'ForwardWorks' will try PlayStation gaming on mobile, again

Get ready for another attempt at mixing the PlayStation brand with phones and tablets.

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Sony only just announced an overall restructuring of the PlayStation business under Sony Interactive Entertainment, and now it's launching a new business to focus on mobile gaming. There aren't a lot of specifics, but the new company is called ForwardWorks, and it's promising "full-fledged gaming titles" for things like phones, tablets and other connected devices.

ForwardWorks will leverage the intellectual property of the numerous PlayStation® dedicated software titles and its gaming characters as well as the knowledge and know-how of gaming development expertise which was acquired over the years with PlayStation® business to provide gaming application optimized for smart devices including smartphones* to users in Japan and Asia.

Nintendo recently announced its own plans to develop mobile games, and it looks like Sony will follow a similar path. That includes bringing its years of gaming development expertise and established characters/franchises along for the ride.

It's been about a year since Sony announced it was shuttering the PlayStation Mobile effort, and now it's apparently ready to try again. This time around, instead of trying to push a Vita-ish handheld or exclusive gaming apps for smartphones it seems like Sony will be ready to extend PlayStation gaming onto whatever platforms and devices users already have, which could be a benefit for everyone. If we hear any more details, we will update this post, but you can read the press release below.

[Scei Press Release] Sce to Announce the Formation of Forwardworks Corporation