In the wake of the January 2007 cancellation of Official PlayStation Magazine by Ziff Davis, publisher Future US has announced it will be launching PlayStation: The Official Magazine.
The new magazine with the rearranged title comes via an agreement between Future US and Sony Computer Entertainment America, with Rob Smith, former editor-in chief of PlayStation Magazine, tapped to take on the same role at the publication. The inaugural issue, the Holiday 2007 edition, will hit newsstands in late November, with a planned circulation of 300,000. Future U.S. is a subsidiary of U.K.-based Future plc, which publishes Official Sony PlayStation Magazine in the U.K. and licenses it for publication in other countries.
“Future US has a strong heritage delivering cutting-edge insight into the industry, and we are looking forward to a long standing relationship to deliver unrivaled exclusive content to PlayStation fans,” said SCEA Senior Vice President Peter Dille. “We’re very excited to be working with a group that is nearly as passionate about our brand as we are ourselves and we look forward to working with Future on many innovative ideas they have to create a best in class enthusiast publication.”
Simon Whitcombe, publishing director at Future US, added, “We are enormously pleased to be selected to publish the Official title for one of the world’s great entertainment brands. Future’s international heritage is as a PlayStation publisher. PSM sold more than 40 million copies over its lifetime and we have published the Official PlayStation Magazine in the U.K. since 1995. We’re honored that SCEA recognizes the excellence and experience that we can bring to the license and to PlayStation fans all over the world.”