Note: The complete variation of this article ran initially at PlayStation.Blog Japan.
Today, we commemorated every one of the hit PlayStation titles launched in the previous year on the PlayStation Partner Awards 2020 Japan Asia, streamed on the PlayStation Japan YouTube network.
The PlayStation Awards have actually been held yearly considering that the birth of the PlayStation system in 1994, commemorating its 25th wedding anniversary in 2015. This year, we’re providing the occasion a brand-new name — the PlayStation Partner Awards — and also including some brand-new honors to eagerly anticipate.
Awarded to the leading 3 titles established in the Japan / Asian areas with the highest possible globally sales in between October 2019 and also September 2020*.
Awarded to titles established in the Japan / Asia area with top-ranked globally sales in between October 2019 and also September 2020*, with specifically significant task results**.
Awarded to the complying with 2 titles:
Titles established by makers from outside the Japan / Asia area that have actually collected the highest possible sales in the Japan / Asia area from October 2019 to September 2020*.Titles established in the Japan / Asia area together with SIE Worldwide Studios that have actually collected the highest possible globally sales* from October 2019 to September 2020.
* Hard duplicate and also electronic duplicate sales via PlayStation Store are counted in the computation (consisting of added web content and also electronic money sales).
** SIE indices, that include gamer numbers, additionally aspect right into the decision of candidates.
This year, Jon Kabira and also Hatsune Matsushima were our hosts that identified the initiatives of our makers by providing these 3 honors to an overall of twelve various titles.
Check out the replay on the PlayStation Japan YouTube network (English captions offered).
Have a check out all the titles that obtained honors in this memorable occasion, in addition to some words from the makers that brought these video games to life.
Awarded to titles established in the Japan / Asia area with top-ranked globally sales in between October 2019 and also September 2020*, with specifically significant task outcomes.
TitlesPublishers in JapanMobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2 Bandai Namco Entertainment Black DesertPearl AbyssNioh 2Koei Tecmo GamesResident Evil 3CapcomFinal Fantasy XIVSquare EnixPersona 5 RoyalAtlusYakuza: Like a DragonSega
Have a check out the video clip messages from reps of 7 of these titles (titles left out).
Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2
Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.
Satohiko Fujiyama, Director
B.B. Studio Co., Ltd.
Akiyoshi Kanbe, Producer
My sincerest many thanks for this fantastic honor. We want to give thanks to all those at B.B. Studios that dealt with the limited routine of including brand-new usable Mobile Suits week in and also week out, in addition to every one of the business associated with the production of this job. Above all, we share our thankfulness to the gamers for every one of their assistance. We’re expecting remaining to stack in our initiatives as we pursue even more Partner Awards to find. (Fujiyama)
From the minute we initially began work with this title, we understood we were mosting likely to be rolling up our sleeves and also excavating in. I believe our effort repaid, however — our gamers liked the degree of focus we paid to the information of the group characteristics in Mobile Suits. Starting today, we’ll be organizing the Battle Operations Winter Festival in-game. It’s free-to-play, so get hold of the possibility to participate the activity if you haven’t done so yet! (Kanbe)
Pearl Abyss JP
Dongkyo Lee, Chief Executive Officer
I am happy to obtain such a fantastic honor today. Black Desert is Pearl Abyss’ first-ever offering to PlayStation players, so to win this honor suggests a great deal to us on a deep, deep degree. I prolong my thankfulness to all 2.8 numerous you that have actually played this video game considering that its launch in August 2019 — your patronage is greater than we can have eve pictured. We’ll make certain to repay your assistance by remaining to enhance our offerings to produce the most effective feasible video gaming experience for Japan, Asia and also all over the world. Look ahead to the most recent on our upcoming advancements like Crimson Desert, DokeV and also Plan8.
Koei Tecmo Games Co., Ltd.
Fumihiko Yasuda, Producer and also Director
We cannot thanks all sufficient for this genuinely fantastic honor. We owe it to the gamers for this remarkable accomplishment. We started advancement on Nioh 2 with the objective to produce an advanced variation of Nioh 1. The brand-new attributes that we laid out to carry out, like the personality production device, were no simple accomplishments, however it was all worth it when we saw the favorable actions from followers all over the world upon launch.
Look out for our 3rd collection of downloadable materials, offered beginning with December 17. We’ll additionally being launching Nioh 2: Remastered Complete Edition for the PlayStation 5 system on February 4, 2021. If you haven’t had the possibility to play Nioh 2 yet, this will certainly be a terrific chance to participate the activity!
Resident Evil 3
Peter Fabiano, Producer
It’s been greater than twenty years considering that the initial Resident Evil 3 was launched, and also I’m glad that we were still able to obtain the input of the participants of the group that worked with the initial variation all those years back, creating the most recent launch with every one of the cutting edges of the day. This year’s been a difficult year without a doubt, so my thankfulness heads out double to every one of the designers, companions and also the advertising and marketing and also Public Relations groups all over the world for integrating on this job. Of program, my heart heads out to all our individuals available for your long-lasting excitement for the video game. It’s as a result of you that we have the ability to conquer all the barriers and also maintain dispensing our ideal help you. Enjoy the Resident Evil collection, and also keep an eye out for our latest launch, Resident Evil Village. You’re mosting likely to be terrified.
Final Fantasy XIV
Naoki Yoshida, Producer and also Director
I’m so satisfied to be the recipient of the Partner Award this year. This is no question many thanks to our Warriors of Light from throughout the globe that have actually sustained us inside out. Of program, it additionally do without claiming that our advancement, procedures and also QA groups, that have actually interacted as a well-oiled device, additionally played a substantial function in making this title job. We’re additionally grateful to all at SIE that have actually been with us via the numerous, several years that we have actually been producing this franchise business. I’d like to take this chance to prolong my sincerest thankfulness to you all. More than 7 years have actually passed considering that this video game was relaunched as Final Fantasy XIV Online in 2013, and also yet we are still increasing to now. We’re still striving to bring much more exhilaration to you in 2021, so remain tuned!
Persona 5 Royal
Atlus Co., Ltd.
Kazuhisa Wada, Producer, Persona 5 Royal
Atlus Co., Ltd.
Shigenori Soejima, Character Designer
Atlus Co., Ltd.
Shoji Meguro, Composer
It’s a terrific honor for us to win an honor for Persona 5-related titles for the 5th year straight. Thank you to every one of the team that have actually striven on the job, in addition to our devoted individuals that have actually supported us on generate our ideal job. We’re mosting likely to bring this energy and also provide it our all for our following titles to find. Next year is mosting likely to be the 25th wedding anniversary of the Persona collection, so we wish to have the ability to commemorate the turning point with you people with a bang. (Wada)
I am happy to be able to obtain this stunning honor this year. We are mosting likely to take this honor as gas to push us to maintain bringing our individuals much more exhilaration in the following titles to find. Look out for even more from the Persona collection! (Soejima)
I am flattered to be obtaining this distinguished honor. As you might understand, we’re incapable to hold an online Persona show for you because of the conditions we’re in right now, however felt confident — we’re craving that day when we can carry out the Persona 5 tracks before you all. (Meguro)
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Toshihiro Nagoshi, COO
This title provided us with numerous brand-new difficulties throughout advancement, so it loads my heart to the border to obtain such a fantastic function from our individuals with this honor. Thank you a lot to our followers that have actually made every one of this feasible. We’re mosting likely to maintain pressing ourselves via obstacle after obstacle to bring you the best that the Yakuza franchise business needs to use. We’re so satisfied to be obtaining this honor, and also we’re mosting likely to maintain it up for even more to find.
Awarded to titles established in the Japan / Asia area with top-ranked globally sales in between October 2019 and also September 2020, with specifically significant task outcomes.
TitlePublishers in JapanApex LegendsDigital Arts
Titles established in the Japan / Asia area together with SIE Worldwide Studios that have actually collected the highest possible globally sales from October 2019 to September 2020.
TitlePublishers in JapanDeath StrandingSony Interactive Entertainment
Have a check out the video clip messages from reps of the winning titles (titles left out).
Chad Grenier, Game Director
On part of every person on the Apex group, we are happy to approve the Special Award. Looking back, I really feel really pleased with what the group has actually completed also amidst the unique conditions all of us located ourselves in this year. On that keep in mind, this honor suggests a large amount to us. We prolong our thankfulness to our devoted followers that have actually supported us on produce our ideal job. I can’t wait to provide the most recent amazing updates we have in shop for you people! I’ll see you in the Apex sector! Thank you!
Hideo Kojima, Game Creator
Thank you a lot for this Special Award. I’m so satisfied that our followers gotten Death Stranding so well, particularly considering that this title is so crucial to us at Kojima Productions. My thankfulness reaches all those that worked with this job, in addition to to every one of our followers that have actually supported us on throughout. We’re mosting likely to press on and also remain to commit ourselves to bringing you the most effective in video gaming home entertainment.
Awarded to the leading 3 titles established in the Japan / Asian areas with highest possible globally sales in between October 2019 and also September 2020.
TitlePublishers in JapaneFootball PES 2020Konami Digital EntertainmentDragon Ball Z: KakarotBandai Namco EntertainmentFinal Fantasy VII RemakeSquare Enix
Here are some bits of the remarks from the reps of each title from the phase, in addition to the meetings performed with them after the honors event (titles left out).
Konami Digital Entertainment
Seitaro Kimura, Producer
Thank you a lot for this Grand Award. PES gets on its 25th wedding anniversary this year, so I’m truly satisfied to note the unforgettable minute with such acknowledgment.
As you all understand, this year was specifically hard on the football market owing to the conditions. Leagues and also competitions worldwide have actually been put on hold or delayed. Since we generate our video games based upon real play, we were normally affected by the circumstance, and also we needed to renovate and also change an entire host of various campaigns. It’s many thanks to the manufacturing team, nonetheless, that we had the ability to obtain it all done anyhow. Of program, it’s additionally many thanks to all the initiatives by our sales and also Public Relations groups, in addition to all the various other people included that I stand below prior to you to obtain the Grand Award on every person’s part. Above all, however, I’m grateful to all our followers that have actually remained via to us via all the years. I’m expecting supplying players and also football followers all over the world one of the most amazing football video game we’ve established yet — remain tuned for a lot more from us!
On one more note, eFootball PES 2021 Season Update is currently for sale at a reduced cost to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Here’s to wishing that we’ll be back below to approve an honor for that title follow year!
The PES Series — an advance for eSports
— What was your centerpiece for this 25th wedding anniversary launch?
Kimura: This may not be the solution you’re anticipating, however it’s not as if we believed to do anything specifically, even if it was our 25th wedding anniversary launch. We brought out brand-new launches on an annual basis, so we take out all the quits on every variation we work with. We offered it our all on this launch, equally as we provide for every various other one we do yearly.
— You included “eFootball” to the title. Are you intending to concentrate on eSports?
Kimura: When ‘real’ football was interrupted/postponed regarding half a year back, influencers and also expert football gamers would certainly play the video game online and also stream competitions, supplying a brand-new method of home entertainment for followers. The sensation revealed us once more the tremendous home entertainment worth of eSports, so we’re absolutely moving on because location.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
Bandai Namco Entertainment
Ryosuke Hara, Producer
Thank you a lot for this fantastic honor. I never ever also fantasized that I would certainly have the ability to obtain associated with computer game in this capability, not to mention in Dragon Ball!
This honor is, certainly, difficult for a child like me to attain all on his very own. It was with the assistance of an entire host of individuals, consisting of CyberConnect2, our designer, the copyright proprietors, overseas representatives, interior and also exterior participants that enabled such an accomplishment to occur today. Of program, most importantly, it’s many thanks to you, the followers from throughout the globe, that made this occur. I send you my sincerest of many thanks.
On one more note, we’re in progress with advancement on a huge DLC. I’m so sorry to have actually maintained you waiting, however I believe that followers of Dragon Ball Z will certainly discover that it was well worth the delay ultimately. We eagerly anticipate your ongoing assistance!
Making an RPG out of the Dragon Ball tale
— There have actually been numerous Dragon Ball video games up previously. Tell us just how the idea for this title happened the “Super Goku experience?”
Hara: In order to display Dragon Ball Z in all its success, I assumed it required to reveal not simply the extreme fights and also renowned scenes, however additionally day-to-day life and also easy amusing scenes distinct to Akira Toriyama. The appropriate category for this wound up being an activity RPG. We took out the quits to allow individuals symbolize Goku and also do definitely anything and also every little thing they desire utilizing him, so the resulting idea ended up being the “Super Goku experience.” In the last couple of years, we’ve seen a variety of Dragon Ball video games that enable you to experience the Dragon Ball globe from a 3rd individual viewpoint. But there wasn’t any kind of that truly enabled you to experience the Dragon Ball World as Goku himself, previously.
— Do you have any kind of unforgettable experiences with followers of Dragon Ball worldwide in addition to the media?
Hara: We introduced this title in the E3 2019 in Los Angeles, and also I keep in mind fielding some truly compelling inquiries from reporters from throughout the globe. Among those inquiries I keep in mind one clearly — “Do you understand what an incredible feat it is to create an RPG out of Dragon Ball?”. I was currently really feeling fairly the stress prior to hearing this concern, however being informed this at the occasion truly had my wheels rotating and also I seemed like I truly placed some additional power right into making completion item appeared right.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Yoshinori Kitase, Producer, Final Fantasy VII Remake
Thank you significantly for this fantastic honor. We’re glad to be able to make an enhancement to our closet, continuing from our very first honor for the initial Final Fantasy VII, launched on the PlayStation some 23 years back. It seems like the celebrities straightened rather to be obtaining this honor at the very same time of the rebrand to the PlayStation Partner Awards!
Final Fantasy VII Remake has actually simply begun, and also it’s yet to broaden also additionally. The advancement group is hard at the workplace on that particular development procedure, and also this win is wonderful gas to push us to maintain going better. Look out for additional advancements in the future!
With the top quality and also the quantity, Final Fantasy VII remake surpasses followers’ assumptions
— What was your mind entering into making this remake?
Kitase: I, together with exec manufacturer Shinji Hashimoto and also supervisor Tetsuya Nomura, that all became part of the initial Final Fantasy group, constantly had it in the rear of our minds that we intended to make a remake some day. We simply never ever obtained the chance to do so. The very first launch was a smash hit so we understood we needed to take care with it, however we intended to bring much more realistic look to personalities like Cloud and also Aeris on the most recent PlayStations these days.
— This very first remake was fairly the significant quantity. What do you see from below on out?
Kitase: I’m afraid I can’t provide you any kind of information right now. But I believe players have to have obtained a taste for the top quality and also deepness of the manufacturing worth of this newest launch, although they may have been stressed over it being just as much as the retreat from Midgar. We took out all the quits to produce the suitable globe in Final Fantasy VII and also I believe our individuals value this initiative. We’re mosting likely to ensure that the globes we establish from below on out fulfill the assumptions of our followers.
What is the “Sony Square” made use of when recording the PlayStation Partner Awards 2020 Japan Asia?
The PlayStation Partner Awards 2020 Japan Asia were taped in Sony Square, a personal display room situated in the Sony head office. The Sony Group is associated with a wide range of services in the show business, consisting of electronic devices, flicks, songs and also video games, and also crosses also to monetary solutions in Japan.
We’re seeking to harness the harmonies from this wide array of services to produce brand-new worth for our clients. We really hope that visitors can get hold of a feeling for the creative thinking and also modern technologies that we need to use.