Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia President Hiroshi Kawano was in attendance as a special guest on Yakuza’s Producer Toshihiro Nagoshi’s regular broadcast on Nico Nico. During the livestream he answered a few questions from the fans, and in particular to one from a concerned customer asking if there’ll be enough games for the new consoles after the release of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn on April 14th.
Kawano encouraged viewers to rest at ease, as many PS4 titles are coming, and there’ll be regular new releases and announcements from April onward, through the summer and beyond, from western and Japanese developers and from Sony itself.
Another viewer asked Kawano-san what was his favorite game when he was young, and SCEJA’s Prez went into a long spiel on Crash Bandicoot, without failing to mention that it was made by Mark Cerny, who is the lead architect of the PS4. It’s interesting to see that the classic franchise is being mentioned more and more by Sony’s officials, and while no official announcements have been made, I’m definitely starting to see a pattern.
As a funny side note, Nagoshi-san was asked the same question, and while apologizing to Kawano-san for mentioning a title from the competition, he candidly named Super Mario as his old-time favorite. Of course hilarity ensued.