Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment's mobile subsidiary Forwardworks officially released its first mobile game, Everybody's Golf. Making this, essentially, the first PlayStation game made for mobile platforms.
The game received 400,000 Pre-Registrations as of June 30th and is currently available on Google Play for Android and iTunes for iOS. Alongside the release, Sony put out a new trailer which shows us how to grow a character through Everybody's Golf.
Sony recently revealed that its mobile business will focus on the Japanese and Asian market at the beginning, and then expansion to other regions will be considered depending on the results in Asia. This is the usual trend we see with most Asian developers, especially those in the Japanese market. They'll release a game in their home market, and if it does well, bring it across. Rarely do they participate in the more traditionally Western practice of having a full Worldwide release with game versions going live all within the same week or so. Worldwide releases are relatively new for games, but have done a lot to stitch the Western gaming world together.
ForwardWorks has several games planned after Everybody's Golf, including What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord?, Arc the Lad, Wild Arms, Dokodemo Issho, PaRappa the Rapper and Summer Holiday 20th Century according to the report by Dualshockers. They also teased a project developed in partnership with Square Enix but details on that remain sketchy. Meanwhile, Aida of Sky and Sea which is being directed by Sakura Taisen creator Oji Hiroi will be the brand's first original IP.
And if you despise mobile games, don't worry. You won't have long to wait, as the latest Everybody's Golf game for PS4 will launch on August 29th in North America and on August 30th in Europe.
You can watch the Everybody's Golf mobile launch trailer below. Be warned, it is in Japanese, naturally.