Sony has announced the formation of ForwardWorks as a new mobile gaming arm to start making PlayStation games available on Android and iOS devices. The Japanese company is additionally transforming its existing Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) into Sony Interactive Entertainment to expand its presence in the gaming world.
With the new announcement, Sony will kick-start developments through its ForwardWorks division starting April 1. SCE’s head Atsushi Morita will lead the new organisation that will also include SCE’s Group CEO Andrew House.
“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,” the company said in a press statement.
Sony’s new move is apparently inspired by Nintendo’s decision to start focusing on mobile gaming. However, the company didn’t expand its existing presence and even shut down its PlayStation Mobile last year.
Considering the present market, ForwardWorks by Sony would face stiff competition from established game publishers like Electronic Arts and Gameloft. Nevertheless, it will enable Android and iOS users to get the same experience that is currently exclusive to game consoles like PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.