Team Asobi has officially announced itself as the newest internal development studio within the PlayStation Studios family.
This news comes nearly four months after Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that PlayStation Studios JAPAN Studio will be reorganized and “re-centered” around Team Asobi, the team best known for Astro Bot: Rescue Mission for PSVR and Astro’s Playroom on PlayStation 5.
Team Asobi has technically been a part of Sony’s video game development family since 2012 when it was formed about a year before the launch of the PlayStation 4.
“Back then, a handful of us were working away on tech demos showcasing what the new hardware could do,” the blog post about Team Asobi’s announcement reads. “Fast-forward a few years, the team is still expanding, we launched Astro Bot: Rescue Mission in 2018 and Astro’s Playroom for PS5 in 2020. And now, Team Asobi has become the newest internal studio within the PlayStation Studios family.”
Alongside Team Asobi’s unveiling, the studio also revealed its new and colorful logo, which you can view below:
This is the logo that will be seen accompanying all upcoming Team Asobi games. As far as games go, what’s next for the team is currently unknown. Herman Hulst, the head of PlayStation Studios, said today that that PlayStation is “building Team Asobi in Tokyo, a world-class studio that [is] developing a franchise for all ages with global appeal.”
This sounds very Astro Bot-ty, but when asked if the world has seen the last of Astro Bot, Hulst said, “I hope not! I love that guy,” so who knows. Hopefully, this means a new Astro Bot game is on the way, but only time will tell for now.
While waiting to hear what Team Asobi is up to next, check out our thoughts on their latest game in the official IGN Astro’s Playroom review and then read about how God of War 2 has been delayed to 2022. Check out this story about how Bend Studio, the team behind Days Gone, is working on a new IP after that.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN who is excited to see what Team Asobi does next. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.