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Astro’s Playroom developer Team Asobi has claimed that their next game will be their “biggest yet”.
In a new interview with GamesIndustry.Biz, Team Asobi studio and creative director Nicolas Doucet spoke briefly about the future of the studio and its growing team.
“We have a current production, and that’s going well,” Doucet said. “But we want to have another group for R&D, and we want enough in that group to explore as many areas that are interesting. And potentially start other projects.”
Doucet also talked about the studio’s R&D team, which takes a rotating cast of development staff and allows them to incubate ideas and experiment with new technologies for inclusion in future games.
“We always have that extra gear on the side,” Doucet told GI. “Probably 90% of the studio is in production, but there’s this little pocket of people in the background who are already touching the technologies of tomorrow, or trying things with the technologies we have today, but taking them to a new address
“In order to maintain that freshness, that R&D team has to rotate quite frequently. People move into production and then maybe move into R&D for a while.”
VGC reported last year that the studio was working on a new 3D action game.
A Team Asobi job listing on LinkedIn showed the studio was looking for a game designer who specializes in making “a variety of levels for a 3D action game.”
Nicolas Doucet had previously said that he would consider a sequel to Astro’s Playroom, but that there were no plans at the time and that it would depend a lot on the game’s popularity.
In VGC’s review of Astro’s Playroom, we said: “Astro’s Playroom is both DualSense’s killer app and an unmissable, imaginative tribute to PlayStation history. Gaming has never felt so satisfying.”
Sources at VGC revealed last February that Sony planned to end its Japan Studio, with most of its development staff being let go and the remaining staff absorbed by Team Asobi.
Sony later confirmed this in a statement, saying, “In an effort to further strengthen business operations, SIE can confirm that PlayStation Studios Japan Studio will be reorganized into a new organization on April 1st.
“Japan Studio will refocus on Team ASOBI, the creative team behind Astro’s Playroom, allowing the team to focus on a single vision and capitalize on the popularity of Astro’s Playroom.”
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