Team Asobi is now an official Playstation studio


Astro Bot developer Team Asobi is now an official Playstation studio, announcing that they are looking to make bigger and better things for the future.

In a Playstation blog, Team Asobi studio and creative director Nicolas Doucet announced the news. He notes that they are now an official Playstation studio, after developing four titles for the platform.

Asobi Team started under Japan Studio umbrella

In 2012, Nicolas founded Asobi Team after working for teams like London Studio and Saffire. They were originally a part of SIE Japan Studio until its disbandment in April this year. Asobi is then spun as an independent studio under Playstation’s umbrella.

“Following the release of Astro’s Playroom for PlayStation 5, Team Asobi is now spreading its wings and growing bigger,” said Nicolas in the blog. “This is a very exciting time for the team, and we are very much looking forward to this next chapter.

“We wanted to take this chance to thank all of you, the PlayStation fans, for your kind words of support over the years, especially since Astro made its big debut on PlayStation 5 alongside the DualSense wireless controller.”

The company’s announcement comes with a few rebrands, including a change of logo. The rebrand made their studio logo look more playful, akin to their team name’s meaning. The word “Asobi” is a different form of “Asobu”, which means “play” in Japanese.

Asobi developed four titles for Sony

Team Asobi built their reputation with their wholesome and playful titles featuring their mascot, Astro Bot. Their titles include The Playroom and its VR version in 2013 and 2016 respectively. There’s also Astro Bot Rescue Mission in 2018 and Astro’s Playroom.

Astro’s Playroom itself is a default title pre-installed for the Playstation 5. Much of their tries to maximize the play mechanics available to the PS5.

“Technology has also been a defining factor for Team Asobi,” added the studio. “Many Asobis have a real love affair with tech but we also realize that technology in itself is only the starting point. It then needs to be turned into something magical and awe-inspiring to be really meaningful.

“In that respect, working with the DualSense controller as of late has been great fun and we are continuing to enjoy experimenting with it at this very moment. But shhh it’s a secret!”

Fans are still looking forward to what the team will do in the future. Team Asobi are great at making platformers, together with pleasant and enjoyable gameplay. What lies ahead should be positive for the entire studio.

Featured image courtesy of Playstation Blog/Youtube Screenshot

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