Japan Studio has been removed from PlayStation Studios, at least from the PlayStation Studios’ landing page.
This move has been long in the making as VGC reporters have noted that the Sony had let go of a majority of the development studio’s staff back in February. It appears that the studio had not been profitable as “the developer wanted to create games that appealed to the Japanese market first with hopes of having global appeal, while PlayStation wants the kind of global hits that its other first-party studios produce” (source: VGC).
Japan Studio won’t be fully gone, however. A subset of its original development team, Team Asobi, will remain in its place. Team Asobi works on the Astro Bot series games, with the most recent being PlayStation 5 pre-installed game, ASTRO’s Playroom.
Japan Studio is the main development team behind a series of beloved games such as Gravity Rush, Knack, Shadow of the Colossus, Ape Escape, and more. However, these games are considered niche, particularly to Western audiences. They have also helped other studios, like FromSoftware and Bluepoint, to make games for the PlayStation.
Several developers have since join Team Asobi or conglomerated to make a new studio named Bokeh. It is unclear what will happen to all the IPs outside of Astro Bot.