Sony is working on bringing fan-favorite classics like Shenmue (and many more) onto the PlayStation platform.
When Shenmue released on Sega’s ill-fated (yet fondly remembered) Dreamcast console, it became an instant hit that garnered considerable critical acclaim. After gaining momentum, gamers all over the world hailed it as one of the most memorable titles whose open-world freedom and innovative combat systems were way ahead of its time, facilitating itself as one of the best games of the era.
Now gamers want to delve back into those oldie-but-goodie classics for nostalgia’s sake, but there’s the little problem of accessibility. To address this, players across the globe have requested–and in some cases demanded–that Sony incorporate ports of celebrated games onto the PlayStation platform.
And Sony is listening.
A few months ago, Gio Corsi introduced Sony’s new Third Party Production team that focused solely on bringing third-party titles over to PlayStation. This all started with the announcement of Borderlands 2 on PS Vita, and then Corsi asked fans what games they’d like to see made available on PS3, PS Vita, etc.
The team compiled the info into a huge list and listened to every request. And they watched. Now someone has stepped forward to shed more light on the program.
In a recent interview with Kotaku, Sony’s Adam Boyes revealed that Sony is working on ways to meet the popular demand for certain games on the PlayStation platform.
“We’ve got a massive list—we’re calling everyone trying to get that list as much as possible. A lot of issues come around clearances or intellectual property ownerships and stuff like that.”
Since Shenmue and Yakuza have been requested the most with over 10,000 mentions in all, they’ll be focusing on these games first.
“We get a ton of requests for Yakuza, a ton of requests for Shenmue. We see the lists.
“We have a person that compiles those lists and prioritises based on how many requests we’ve gotten. And I think to date there’s well over 10,000 mentions across like forum threads and stuff like that. So those are the ones we’re focused on.”
Boyes further reveals that this is something that Sony is committed to, and gives a loose timeframe for an official announcement. Gamers might see something on Shenmue or Yakuza in the next six months or so, but that’s just an estimate:
“It’s a very interesting journey—I would say within the next six months we’ll have at least one if not a few announcements to make on that front.
“They’re hustling. They’ve got a full team now—three guys now, full-time—working on the list and hunting it all down, making sure we’ve got a lot of stuff coming.”
While Boyes does outline Sony’s plans and a loose announcement window, he doesn’t say which PlayStation platform that the games will be offered on. We might see both titles up on the PlayStation Store and made readily available for the PS3, PS Vita and possibly the PS4 as well.
Being able to play Shenmue on-the-go on the PS Vita would no-doubt enrapture many fans across the globe, and it will be interesting to see how this project takes shape in the next half-year.
This is a start for something great, for Sony to make console classics readily available on PlayStation, which is something all nostalgic gamers can appreciate.