Sony Music Entertainment Announces New Publishing Label, New Games

Sony Music Entertainment (HQ: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Mizunori Michino, hereby abbreviated as SME) has created a new game publishing label called UNTIES, in order to penetrate the ever-expanding video game market with indie games, which are continuing to draw attention even within Japan.

Recent progress in the game development world has made it possible for even small-scale production teams to create high-quality games. The evolution of digital publishing has also made it possible for creators to deliver their own titles to consumers all around the world, which spawned an indie game movement centered around North America.

Conversely, this has created an unfortunate side effect where certain creative, unique titles end up getting buried in the market without getting the proper exposure they deserve. UNTIES hopes to unearth high-quality titles like these and utilize SME’s vast entertainment business wisdom in order to expose them to as many consumers as possible. UNTIES will also handle PR and sales on multiple platforms.

Where does the name UNTIES come from?
– Unleashing unique games and unparalleled creative talent unto the entire world.

We intend to free creators from the myriad ties that bind them when it comes to publishing their games. We also vow to make free, limitless publishing a reality.

■UNTIES’ First Title: TINY METAL

Destiny intertwines on the battlefield!

UNTIES’ first title is TINY METAL, a classic style strategy sim created by AREA35, a new studio led by spirited young creator Hiroaki Yura.

On November 21st (JST), the game will be released worldwide on PlayStation®4Nintendo Switch™, and PC. TINY METAL’s fusion of classic turn-based strategy battles and cutting-edge 3D graphics powered by Unreal Engine is sure to entertain fans all around the world.

Despite the fact that the game is built off the classic turn-based strategy genre, it’s filled with brand-new systems and unique twists on old favorites.

 
 

TINY METAL Overview

Title

TINY METAL

Dev Studio

AREA35

Genre

Strategy Simulator

Players

1 (Online functionality)

Platform

PlayStation®4/Nintendo Switch™/PC

Release Date

November 21, 2017

Copyright

©2017 AREA35, Inc. / ©2017 HIROAKI YURA. All rights reserved.

Published by Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.

Official Site

http://tinymetal.com/

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaDL8VhhaJg

 ■UNTIES’ Upcoming Schedule

UNTIES is building up relationships with creators both within and outside of Japan in order to assault the global market with titles that everyone is passionate about. Here, we’re proud to introduce to you some of the titles we’re planning to release in the future.

Last Standard, a 3D action game that allows users to materialize weapons from the unconscious mind!

Last Standard is a 3D action game that was created by “I From Japan,” an elite group of college student creators. It garnered a huge response at the indie game area during Tokyo Game Show 2017!

The Psycho Dive System allows players to use social media to analyze the unconscious mind and fight using weapons created from the deepest recesses of the player’s mind. Fight epic battles with weapons created from unique human traits!

             

Last Standard Overview

Title

Last Standard

Dev Studio

I From Japan

Genre

3D Action

Players

1 (Online VS Mode)

Platforms

PC / TBA

Release Date

TBA

Copyright

©2017 I From Japan inc. All Rights Reserved.

Published by Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.

Official Site

https://www.laststandard.com/

Trailer

https://youtu.be/Aw1PmoRmQ7M

Merkava Avalance, a 3D robot action game made for mech lovers all across the globe!

Merkava Avalance was created by WinterCrownWorks, a 2-person development team that specializes in creative game production.

Mech battle lovers will be instantly drawn into MA and its tank-style mech group warfare. Mechs can move at high speed, dodge, or use wires to dart into close range and open fire or toss grenades. Every battle in this game is filled with pure mecha intensity!

 

               

 Merkava Avalanche Overview

Title

Merkava Avalanche

Dev Studio

WinterCrownWorks

Genre

Survival Robot Action

Players

1

Platforms

PC / TBA

Release Date

TBA

Copyright

Copyright © 2017WinterCrownWORKS All Rights Reserved.

Published by Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.

Official Site

http://winter-crown-works.com/merkava/

Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01mHnrBr6IQ

 

The one and only masterpiece, reborn in VR! DEEMO -Reborn- (Tentative Title) is now in production!

 

A completely new version of the massive hit game, DEEMO!

Rayark started out with indie games, then went on to make hit games on various platforms, including smartphones. Their most famous work is DEEMO, an eternal masterpiece that snatched the heartstrings of gamers all around the world with its emotional piano rhythm gameplay and impressive story. UNTIES is now working together with Rayark to turn DEEMO into a completely new 3D game that features VR compatibility.

Along with this announcement, we’ve also released a teaser trailer that shows off a bit of the game itself. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for future announcements!

DEEMO -Reborn- (Tentative Title) Overview

Title

DEEMO -Reborn- (Tentative Title)

Dev Studio

Rayark Inc.

Genre

Rhythm Action

Languages

Japanese / English / Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) / Korean / French / German / Spanish / Portuguese / Russian / TBA

Players

1

Platforms

PlayStation®4 (PlayStation®VR-compatible)

Release Date

TBA

Copyright

©Rayark Inc. DEEMO®
Published by Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.

Teaser Trailer

Rayark’s working on it…

SME and their new publishing label UNTIES are working their pants off to uncover new talent in order to deliver a treasure trove of entertainment content, with a focus on games, to all consumers worldwide.

*“PlayStation” is a copyright of Sony Interactive Entertainment.
*Nintendo Switch is a copyright of Nintendo.

Sony Music Entertainment Digital Contents Group
Contact Name: Masya Ito or John Davis
Email: [email protected]jp

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