Sony Launches Studio To Create Movies Out Of Playstation Games Itself

Sony Launches Studio To Create Movies Out Of PlayStation Games Itself


Sony has had to work with other media companies when it wanted to make shows based on its vast library of PlayStation games. The company is now switching gears by setting up its own studio which will allow Sony to quickly adapt its PlayStation games into TV shows and movies on its own. This new division is called PlayStation Productions.

PlayStation Productions is overseen by Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Chairman of Worldwide Studios Shawn Layden. The studio will be tasked with developing and producing projects that are based on Sony’s vast library of PlayStation games.

Gundam To Encourage Olympians In Tokyo Games

Gundam to encourage Olympians in Tokyo Games

A project is underway to have the mechanical hero Gundam from the popular Japanese anime series travel to space to cheer on athletes competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The Games' organizing committee and Japan's space agency JAXA announced the project on Wednesday.

Nintendo Has No New First-party 3ds Games To Announce

Nintendo Has No New First-Party 3DS Games To Announce

While Nintendo has yet to officially confirm anything, the company’s latest statement certainly doesn’t seem to be doing anything to quell the rumors. In a statement made to Kotaku, the company revealed that they do not have any new first-party 3DS titles to announce. “We have nothing new to announce regarding first-party software for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.”

Instead, the company said, ”We can confirm that new software is coming from third-party publishers.” As we mentioned, this only seems to fuel speculation that this could be Nintendo’s way of winding things down with their 3DS console. If it is true, this was a long time coming because ever since the Switch was announced, many were wondering if it could replace Nintendo’s handhelds.

Officials To Get Residency At Tokyo Games

Officials to get residency at Tokyo Games

Japan's Justice Ministry plans to grant resident status to foreign officials who will make long-term stays in the country to work for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo.

The ministry hopes that the measure will enable smooth preparations and management of the games and the handover to the 2024 Games in Paris.

Foreign Games Officials To Get Residency

Foreign games officials to get residency

Japan's Justice Ministry plans to grant resident status to foreign officials who will make long-term stays in the country to work for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo.

The ministry hopes that the measure will enable smooth preparations and management of the games and the handover to the 2024 Games in Paris.

Sony To Unveil New Games During State Of Play Broadcast Tomorrow

Sony To Unveil New Games During State Of Play Broadcast Tomorrow


Sony has confirmed a new online broadcast for tomorrow. Dubbed “State of Play,” the company will announce new games, show new trailers for the first time, and provide fans updates on the new titles in the pipeline for the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation VR.

The idea for this broadcast might feel familiar to you if you regularly follow gaming-related news. Nintendo essentially does the same thing with its Nintendo Direct presentations. It divides announcements in multiple broadcasts throughout the year instead of making a big appearance at an industry event like E3.

Nintendo Doesn't Want Gamers To Spend Too Much On Mobile Games

Nintendo Doesn't Want Gamers To Spend Too Much On Mobile Games

Oddly enough that doesn’t seem to be what Nintendo wants. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, it seems that Nintendo is apparently asking for developers of its mobile games to try and make it so that gamers won’t need to spend excessive amounts of money on its game.

This was revealed by an agent for CyberAgent, the developer behind the mobile Dragalia Lost title. “Nintendo is not interested in making a large amount of revenue from a single smartphone game. If we managed the game alone, we would have made a lot more.” Nintendo later confirmed this to be true in statement that reads, “We discuss various things, not just limited to payments, to deliver high-quality fun to consumers.”

Olympics/ Don't Expect To Smoke At Tokyo 2020 Games

OLYMPICS/ Don't expect to smoke at Tokyo 2020 Games

Tokyo is still a smoker's heaven. Despite tougher laws enacted last year, smokers can light up in some restaurants and bars. Tobacco advertising is allowed on television, cigarette packages don't contain graphic health warnings, and tobacco is cheap compared to other major cities.

However, don't expect to puff away at next year's Tokyo Olympics.

Inaba Disappointed, But Focus On Tokyo Games

Inaba disappointed, but focus on Tokyo games

The manager of Japan's national baseball team has expressed disappointment that the sport will likely be dropped from the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Atsunori Inaba issued a comment on Friday, after the Paris organizing committee announced that baseball and softball will be ruled out as candidates for additional sports for the event.

Firms Asked To Ease Congestion During Tokyo Games

Firms asked to ease congestion during Tokyo Games

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has asked businesses to help reduce traffic congestion during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

About 380 companies which are members of Keidanren, or the Japan Business Federation, took part in a seminar on Monday.

Govt. Mulls Road Toll Rise For Tokyo 2020 Games

Govt. mulls road toll rise for Tokyo 2020 Games

The central and Tokyo governments are considering raising tolls on a major expressway network across the capital during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Officials are discussing the toll hike option for the Metropolitan Expressway network as a way to ease congestion during the Games.

Nintendo Plans To Release 2-3 Mobile Games A Year

Nintendo Plans To Release 2-3 Mobile Games A Year

Nintendo is absolutely killing it in the home console market at the moment with the Switch and its games selling pretty well, making the failure of the Wii U a very distant memory. The company has also in recent years embraced mobile gaming, something that they had refused to do in the past.

As if to show their commitment to the mobile space, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa spoke to Japanese publication Kyoto Shimbun (via Nintendo Everything) where he revealed the company’s plans to release anywhere between 2-3 mobile titles a year. He also clarified that the company had no plans to solely work on smartphone games.

Joc Chief Denies 2020 Games Graft Allegation

JOC chief denies 2020 Games graft allegation

The chief of the Japanese Olympic Committee has denied French allegations of bribery in connection with Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Games.

JOC President Tsunekazu Takeda held a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Nintendo Switch Online May Offer Snes Games

Nintendo Switch Online May Offer SNES Games


Nintendo hasn’t confirmed this as yet but it appears that the company might be adding a plethora of SNES games to Nintendo Switch Online. The service already provides subscribers with access to several NES games so it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary if it started offering SNES games as well. A data miner seems reasonably sure that this is going to happen.

A data miner has come across a list of SNES titles that could potentially be added to Nintendo Switch Online in the not too distant future. KapuccinoHeck on Twitter dug through the app’s code and found the list of 22 SNES games in addition to code names for four emulator types.