Sony is working on 10 mobile games for Japan
The hugely popular PS1-era rhythm game PaRappa the Rapper, Everybody's Golf and tactical RPG Arc The Lad are all in development for smartphones (we're assuming that's Android and iOS, although nothing is confirmed yet) over at Sony HQ, according to an announcement from Sony Japan this morning.
The company is planning to release 10 mobile games, with six due out in the next year or so. Action-puzzler Dash!, tactical role playing game Wild Arms, Summer Holiday 20th Century, Between Sky and Sea, Night Time, a game based on Toro Inoue (Sony's Japanese cat mascot) and RPG Disgaea. Sony also announced plans to partner with Square Enix for mobile titles, but isn't saying what, specifically, the partnership will focus on.
There's also an intriguing project they're currently calling Project Field that uses "smart phones and tablets, dedicated pads developed by Sony, cards with integrated IC chips, game applications, and a combination of trading card games and smartphone applications." All this stuff is so far only planned for Japan and (later) the rest of Asia. But we like PaRappa too, right?
Sony has tried its hand at the mobile market before with less than spectacular results. There was the "PlayStation Certified" Sony Ericsson Xperia Play that launched in 2011, home to classic likes Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, and PlayStation Mobile, a platform to help developers create games for other PlayStation Certified phones. Neither the hardware nor the platform caught on, and it was all shut down in 2015. Fingers crossed it's different this time, for PaRappa's sake.
Also, it's probably not a coincidence that the announcement comes just a week ahead of Mario's debut on iOS in Super Mario Run.