There will be more than 10 games in the third phase of the PlayStation China Hero Project

Sony Interactive Entertainment will expand its PlayStation China Hero Project game incubation program with the launch of the third phase, the company announced at an event in Chengdu.

The first and second phases supported a total of 17 games – seven of which were released (Animal Force, ANNO: Mutationem, FIST: Forged in Shadow Torch, Hardcore Mecha, Immortal Legacy, In Nightmare and Walker) – but the third stage aims to contain 10 or more titles.

“The scope of the third phase is much larger than the previous two,” Bao Bo, director of game production at Sony Interactive Entertainment, told Reuters (via Gematsu ).

Sony Interactive Entertainment will invest more than one million yuan in each title it supports, as well as large and small teams, Bo said. The selected titles for the third phase will be published by Sony Interactive Entertainment and supported by PlayStation Studios.

Sony Interactive Entertainment also published A lost soul aside and Convaleria Worldwide, these are games from the first and second phases of the PlayStation China Hero Project.

The company also announced the formation of its “China Game Production” team to oversee games produced in China.

Sony Interactive Entertainment Shanghai President Tatsuo Eguchi said that the success Genshin influenceThe title, developed by HoYoverse and backed by the company, has convinced management that Chinese games are important, adding that it is devoting more resources to China than ever before. Eguchi added that Sony Interactive Entertainment’s partnership with HoYoverse is going from strength to strength.

Sony Interactive Entertainment has sold 3.5 million PlayStation 4 units in China and has so far sold about 670,000 PlayStation 5. According to Eguchi, the goal is to sell at least twice as many PlayStation 5 as PlayStation 4.

“We want players around the world to better understand the creativity that comes from China,” Eguchi said. “I have always dreamed of console games becoming a regular part of Chinese people’s daily entertainment.

Applications are still being accepted for the third phase of the China Hero project.

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