‘Astro Bot’ Director Nicolas Doucet Takes Over as Head of Sony’s JAPAN Studio – Road to VR



Nicolas Doucet, the Artistic Director and Producer behind PSVR unique ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission (2018), has been promoted to Director of Sony Interactive Leisure’s JAPAN Studio.

As first reported by Gematsu, Doucet is claimed to proceed his work as a artistic director at SIE Japan Studio along with his new position. Doucet beforehand labored for Sony’s London Studio and Saffire Company.

Initially born as a spin-off of a mini-game referred to as ‘Robots Rescue’ from The Playroom VR, Astro Bot Rescue Mission duties you with guiding a patently cute robotic named ASTRO as you get well his robotic friends who’ve been scattered among the many stars.

The plucky little VR-native platformer has garnered some fairly spectacular evaluate scores since its launch in October 2018, boasting a Meta Critic composite rating of [90/100], a [4.5/5] star person evaluate ranking, and a uncommon [10/10] rating from our full evaluate.

Astro Bot was additionally lauded with just a few awards, together with the very best VR/AR sport of 2018 Recreation Awards and the VR Recreation of 12 months at The Edge Awards in 2018, and notable nominations by BAFTA and SXSW.

Exterior of The Playroom VR and Astro Bot, SIE Japan Studio is understood for growing PS platform classics Ape Escape, Shadow of the Colossus, and The Final Guardian. Different VR video games produced by the studio embody Déraciné and Everyone’s Golf VR.

On the time of this writing, it’s unclear whether or not Doucet’s promotion alerts a higher concentrate on VR video games for the studio. Having an skilled VR producer on the helm could show useful nonetheless as Sony makes strides to launch PlayStation 5, and later, the second iteration of PlayStation VR.