PlayStation’s Japan Studio has formally established an external development department in a restructure of its development operations.
Sony confirmed the changes in a note on Wednesday, revealing that the Astro Bot studio’s development department will essentially be split into internal and external divisions.
Japan Studio is Sony Interactive Entertainment‘s oldest first-party studio, with a focus on introducing new styles of gameplay.
Although the external department is technically new, Japan Studio has already enjoyed a successful stretch as co-developer on various Japanese PlayStation exclusives.
It’s also known for its original titles Knack (and its sequel), Everybody’s Golf, Ape Escape, Gravity Rush (and its sequel) and the critically acclaimed PSVR game Astro Bot Rescue Mission.
Rescue Mission, is one of the highest rated VR games of all-time. The VR platformer has a Metacritic score of 90 based on 54 reviews, and a user score of 8.9.
The French designer is a PlayStation veteran, having started his Sony career in London working on the original PS2 EyeToy, before directing the PS3 version’s EyePet in 2007.