Knack will receive a free iOS and Android puzzler alongside its full PS4 release, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed.
Speaking with GI.biz, Yoshida said, “We’ve totally shifted our way of thinking. Through the companion apps, the official PlayStation app and game dedicated apps… in some cases, we’re creating small games that go with PS4 titles. We’re releasing a puzzle game themed around Knack that you can play for free.
“It’s fun, and by playing the game you earn some items that you can use on PS4. People might be motivated, because they’ve already unlocked some items, to take a look at what this Knack game on the PS4 is all about.”
Discussing Sony’s revised focus on the mobile and tablet space, Yoshida stated that in the past, developers in that space were seen as competitors to Sony’s handheld division, but now the company realises that almost everyone has a smart-device of some kind today.
He continued, “It’s like everyone had a PC before – it’s a tool that people use every day. Why not try to include them in the PlayStation ecosystem? Not that we’re releasing lots of games on these mobile products, but to somehow push our PlayStation information to these devices that people already use every day.
“Lots of people don’t seek out game-specific info – they’re busy. But because they use social network services, App Stores… Let’s push our info to them. That’s why we are creating the hook, releasing the official PlayStation apps on Android and iOS at the launch of PS4.
“That has many functions – if you own a PS4, it’s your connection to your own games or console, or your PlayStation Network community. Even if you don’t own a PS4, it can be a way to find out what’s happening in the PlayStation world, or you could use these devices as an input device for PS4.”
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