The development team behind PS5 exclusive Astro’s Playroom reportedly have no plans for DLC or a sequel.
Nicolas Doucet, the head of Sony Japan Studio, confirmed the news in an interview with Edge Magazine, revealing that Team Asobi, the developers behind the game, has not decided what to do and any future content regarding the game will depend on its popularity.
As reported by VGC, when asked if there will be a sequel or DLC to Astro’s Playroom, Doucet said: “At this moment in time, there’s no plan for an extension of Astro’s Playroom, but I think it’s going to come down to the popularity of the game. So far, we’ve heard a lot from the media, and it’s been very positive, and we’re really, really happy. But a lot of it is going to come down to the consumer experience.”
Doucet then stated that the team are waiting to hear more from players before considering any additional content, saying: “I think we need to hear from them too. And that’s going to happen post-launch, once the console is in the hands of consumers.
“But if the character has popularity, and if it proves that people are really having fun, [DLC or a sequel] could be an avenue to follow.”
The game, which comes pre-installed for free with PS5 consoles, was designed to demonstrate the haptic feedback and adaptive trigger features of the new DualSense controller.
Doucet states in the interview that the team develops around technology and could make a new Astro game with new PS5 tech and features.
He said: “In Team Asobi, we’re always trying to come up with ideas from technology, and so there are lots of things we want to try and do around the controller.
“And as we make thee prototypes, if one of them turns out to be a game idea in its own right, it could end up being a new direction that we take and we’ll run with it. So it could be one or the other, but at this moment in time I don’t really know.”
Astro’s Playroom has received considerable praise from both critics and players and currently has an 82 Metacritic score. With Doucet’s comments in mind, we could potentially see more Astro content in the future, but it might be some time before we hear anything.