Monkey Paw Games answers a few questions about PSoneclassics, how long it takes to release games, and PSoneclassics on the Vita.
For those who don’t know, Monkey Paw Games do a lot of the work needed to get PSOne classics released on PSN. They’re also responsible for the Japanese Import titles that get released, and they’re probably the best people to speak to about PSoneclassics. They recently released Tomba on PSN, a huge cult hit, and have also brought other classics like Arc the Lad and Alundra to the service among others.
I was lucky enough to get a few questions off to them and their President John Greiner was gracious enough to respond.
PSC – Why did Monkey Paw get involved with launching and publishing PSoneclassics?
MPG – We have a close relationship with Sony. We could both see the potential of giving users a taste of Japan. We think users will come (to) the Playstation and get an experience that is unique and consistently good.
PSC – What QA (quality assurance) and emulation do you have to work through to make sure the game works on the new consoles?
MPG- Sony handles all QA and emulation, which is why they are the official publisher.
PSC- How long does it usually take to get a game from license purchase to release?
MPG- That’s a good question. It really varies from a few months to a year. Difficulty of emulation, licensing and Sony’s work load all come into play. Tomba took a long time!
PSC- Is there a particular standard that PSoneclassics have to meet so they will be playable on not only the PSP and PS3, but future Playstation consoles in the future?
MPG- Not sure about this one. But we hope the next Playstation will accommodate our imports.
PSC- How do you choose what games to port/bring over?
MPG- We listen to our fans. They are very progressive in suggesting what titles they want to see. When we get requests, we go after those games. Sometimes, games get presented to us by JP publishers as well. But usually it is through hard work of pursuing license holders.
PSC- Are all PSoneclassics on PSN (or now SEN) going to be available to play day one with the new (Vita) firmware? There has been a bit of confusion in the media about that, some saying only some games (like your Arc the Lad) would be available on Vita at firmware launch, some saying they’ll all be available.
MPG- We assume all PSone Classics will be available on day one. We don’t think there is any further game emulation that needs to take place or we would have been instructed to do so by now. But that’s just our opinion. We can’t say for sure. If Arc the Lad is an example, we haven’t done anything to make this title applicable to Vita. I think they chose it based on its success as a Classic. Let’s hope so.
And on that bombshell…
I’d like to thank Mr. Greiner and Monkey Paw Games for their time and willingness to answer a few burning questions about their process. Check out their website at MonkeyPawGames.com to see all the games that they’ve brought to the service, you can also follow them on Twitter @monkeypawgames. I’ll send this completed article along to them as well, so if you’re looking to get your voice heard about a particular PSoneclassic that you want, maybe here is a good place to post.