PlayStation boss Jim Ryan argued that Japan would remain very important to the company and blamed reports suggesting it would otherwise be “inaccurate.”
Ryan told Edge (via GamesRadar) in his latest December issue, stressing that PlayStation hasn’t been so excited to work with Japanese developers in the last few years. Executives also quickly pointed out many Japanese-made titles that appeared in the two PS5 streams prior to the console launch.
“The two launch shows, which featured a modest amount of games but not so many games, had eight titles developed in Japan, many of which were collaborations and partnerships between PlayStation and the Japanese publishing community. It is targeted. “Ryan explained.
Ryan, who indirectly responded to Bloomberg’s report suggesting that Sony’s support in Japan is weakening, believes there is no evidence to support it. For example, PlayStation 5 was released simultaneously in Japan on November 12th. This is an improvement over the three-month waiting period that the region had to endure during the PS4 launch.
“So I read something like that,” Ryan said. “Most of that commentary is inaccurate, and Japan, the second largest market and Sony’s hometown, remains very important to us.”
Due to recent changes on the PlayStation, the importance of the region to global brands, such as the official shift from O to X as a universal input for controller confirmation and the departure of experienced Japanese developers from the company Concerns are growing.