(For Southeast Asia) PlayStation®Partner Awards 2021 Japan Asia PARTNER AWARD & SPECIAL AWARD Winners Announced!

PARTNER AWARD

Tales of ARISE (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.)
FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE (SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.)
FINAL FANTASY XIV (SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.)
■MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM BATTLE OPERATION2 (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.)
■NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…(SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.)

SPECIAL PRICE

Apex Legends (Electronic Arts Inc | Respawn Entertainment)
■Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruins (Edelweiss | Marvelous Inc.)
■Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition (CAPCOM Co., Ltd.)

Awarded to titles developed in the Japan/Asia region with the best global sales between October 2020 and September 2021, with particularly remarkable activity results*.

Stories of GENESIS

(BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.)

A traditional and innovative JRPG masterpiece

Stories of origin is the latest episode of the popular Stories from action-RPG series that portrayed the adventures and growth of unique and captivating characters in an anime-like style. Stories of originCelebrating the series’ 25th anniversary, it was developed around the theme of “heritage and evolution.” It was the first title in the series to sell one million copies worldwide almost immediately after its release.

Message from the recipient

Yusuke Tomizawa
『Tales of』Brand Manager Series
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.

Thank you for this prestigious award. Stories of origin marks the 25th anniversary of the series and as part of the development we have taken on several challenges to attract new fans and of course to meet the expectations of current fans. I would like to express my appreciation not only to the staff of BANDAI NAMCO Studios, but also to the many others who participated in the development of the title. It is thanks to you that the result was such an excellent game. I hope fans will be looking forward to the new things we plan to try out with the series in the future.

    

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE

(SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.)

The ultimate remake made even better

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE has created value beyond that of a highly anticipated remake by taking a new approach and crafting a game that will delight longtime fans and newcomers alike. Notable improvements to the original remake include Yuffie’s new exciting adventure, improved visual effects that leverage the performance of the PlayStation®5, and increased performance.

Message from the recipient

Yoshinori Kitase
Producer
FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE
SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.

Thank you for this wonderful award. FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE was developed as our team’s first attempt at a game for the PlayStation®5. I want to thank our fans, their passionate support allowed us to win this award.

FINAL FANTASY XIV

(SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.)

A Constantly Fresh MMORPG

Since FINAL FANTASY XIV launched in 2010, it has received regular updates that contribute to the world of adventure. Designed to be exciting when you start playing, the game has reached over 22 million players*. It is a constantly evolving MMORPG with a worldwide following.

*Total number of accounts in the five regions of Japan, North America, Europe, China, and South Korea. Includes free trial accounts.

Message from the recipient

Naoki Yoshida
Producer and director
FINAL FANTASY XIV ONLINE
SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD

It is thanks to our players, the Warriors of Light, that we have been awarded this fantastic prize. With the latest expansion set, Endwalker, the FINAL FANTASY XIV saga about Hydaelyn and Zodiark comes to an end. This is of course not the end of the adventure, but a new start for the next ten years. I ask all of you to join us as we move forward step by step.

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM BATTLE OPERATION2

(BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.)

A game that will score well with Gundam fans

Mobile Suit GundamBattle Operation2 is a free to play action game. Players can fight on realistic battlefields with over 270 mobile suits reproduced in great detail. The game also received the Partner Award last year and enjoys great popularity, with over three million downloads in February 2021.

Message from the recipients

Koshiro Kasahara
Producer
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
Masatake Ohta
Director
BBSTUDIO CO., LTD.

We are sincerely grateful for this Partner Award. It is thanks to players around the world, the development staff and everyone else involved in the game that we have been able to receive this wonderful award two years in a row. We will be hosting the ‘GBO Winter Festival’ event from December 9, 2021, so we hope that new and old players alike will take advantage of this opportunity to play GBO2. We ask for your continued support as we continue to work to deliver an even better Mobile Suit trial experience.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…

(SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.)

A “version upgrade” that is neither a remake nor a remaster

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is an updated version of NieR Replicant released in April 2010. With newly added elements such as full voice acting and original scenarios, the game has been designed so that new and current fans alike can enjoy the game again.

Message from the recipients

Yosuke Saito
Producer
SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
Yoko Taro
Creative Director
BUKKORO CO., LTD.
Saki Ito
Director
Toylogic Inc.

We thank everyone who continues to support NieR. We’re delighted that what we started as a way to share the series’ origin story with those unfamiliar with it has taken shape in this way. After the release of NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… the NieR games nurtured each other, resulting in extremely positive reactions from fans and newcomers alike.

Titles developed by creators outside the Japan/Asia region that had the most sales in the Japan/Asia region from October 2020 to September 2021.

Apex Legends

(Electronic Arts Inc. | Respawn Entertainment)

One of the hottest battle royale games right now

Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale first person shooter in which ‘Legends’, characters with special abilities, team up for battle and use their skills and equipment to be the last squad standing. In April 2021, it was announced that the game had over 100 million players, making it one of the most popular battle royale games today.

Message from the recipient

Steven Ferreira
Team Director
Respawn Entertainment

On behalf of the entire Apex Legends team, we are deeply honored
to receive the 2021 PlayStation Special Award.
To be recognized for this award two years in a row is proof of:
the incredible support we’ve had from all our amazing fans in Japan.
We can’t thank you all enough for that, your support drives us every season and we couldn’t make the game without it.
So once again a big thank you from the entire Apex Legends team.
We hope you all enjoy the last season: Escape
and we can’t wait to see your reaction to what’s to come.
Thanks everyone, we’ll see you all in the game.

Independent titles developed in the Japan/Asia region that achieved the highest global sales from October 2020 to September 2021*.

Sakuna: of rice and ruin

(Edelweiss | Marvelous Inc.)

A remarkable fusion of two game genres

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a traditional Japanese-style action RPG that successfully combines thrilling action combat with demons and rice farming simulation. Upon its release, it caught the attention of both the video game and rice industries and has shipped over a million units*** to date.

Message from the recipient

nalic
Edelweiss representative

Thank you for this SPECIAL AWARD. Frankly, we feel that the response to Sakuna is more than we deserve. We think the response shown is partly due to the light-hearted and funny ways players are spreading the word about the game. We are truly grateful for everything you have done. We hope you look forward to the many things we have planned for the future, including collaborative projects involving Sakuna.

Titles developed in the Japan/Asia region with particularly noteworthy activity results** upon the release of the PlayStation5.

Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition

(CAPCOM Co., Ltd.)

A breakthrough in stylish action

The stylish action game Devil May Cry 5 is the last numbered title in the series in eleven years and has been brought back as a Special Edition powered-up for the PlayStation5. It breaks new ground in stylish action with evolved graphics, excellent background music, compelling characters and a story that culminates the series. This game has won numerous awards and became another hit for the Devil May Cry series, which continues to gain the support of players around the world.

Message from the recipient

Hideaki Itsuno
Director
CAPCOM Co., Ltd.

We are truly honored to receive this SPECIAL AWARD. Everyone involved in the Special Edition worked hard to make it playable from the day the PlayStation®5 was released, despite the dire state of the world at the time, and we’re glad the effort is this way rewarded. As this year happens to be the 20th anniversary of the Devil May Cry series, we are preparing several events to celebrate and ask for your continued support.

* Physical and digital sales via PlayStation®Store are included in the calculation (including additional content and sales in digital currency).
** SIE indices, which contain player numbers, also play a role in determining the nominees.
***Total units shipped worldwide includes actual physical units shipped and digital and PC units sold.

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