PlayStation Studios team ASOBI expands with 12 new vacancies

Team ASOBI is hiring a dozen new team members for its studio, from animators to game designers to character artists, and more. The hiring wave is part of the company’s plans to expand after PlayStation Studios recently went through a restructuring that eliminated Japan Studio and concentrated efforts around Team ASOBI. While all vacancies are located in the Tokyo area, the inclusion of an English job description and the option of remote work shows that the studio is willing to hire non-Japanese as well.

The open vacancies were announced via Team ASOBI’s official Twitter account, which stated that talents from all over the world were welcome to apply. The various hires range from junior to senior positions, all with an emphasis on things like “creativity and humor” as well as the “playful” game design the studio is known for, the team behind the Astro Bot series. Below you will find an overview of all vacancies that are currently available:

  • game designer
  • Concept artist
  • Technical artist/rigger
  • Animator
  • 3D Character Artist
  • Environment Artist
  • FX Artist
  • UI artist
  • Gameplay Programmer
  • Animation Programmer
  • VFX Programmer
  • Graphic Programmer

Team ASOBI officially became an internal division of PlayStation Studios earlier this month, announcing plans to expand in the near future. It stated in 2020 that the studio had no plans for a sequel to the PS5s Astro’s playroom. While there are no specific details in the job postings that would support the development of a Astro’s playroom the sequel is in the works, the fact that the studio is hiring a whole new group of staff indicates that they are at least on something.

All of this comes after Japan Studio went through a restructuring in 2020, with many senior members of Sony Interactive Entertainment leaving the company. These members include people such as: Silent Hill creator Keiichiro Toyama, and Bloodborne and Demon Souls remake producer Teruyuki Toriyama. However, both Sony Interactive CEO Jim Ryan and PlayStation Studios Head Hermen Hulst have stated that Japanese video game studios – both internal and external – will continue to play a critical role in the company.