In recent years indie titles, such as PSN's Flower and Journey, have become an important part of the PlayStation platform, one Sony plans to nurture more consistently in the coming generation. SCEE senior account manager Agostino Simonetta revealed in an interview with Develop that Sony will now be holding quarterly independent developer events in its London-based office.
“You know we do these things very regularly with all our partners, but with the indie community, it is so vast and they are spread out, that it is hard for me to go and work with developer days in the Middle East,” said Simonetta, also noting that the specific dates and times of these events have yet to be worked out.
Sony hopes to continue bringing more indie developers to all of its platforms, saying that the "PS3 still has a long life."
“So while we do these things, we want to make sure it is that on a regular basis. With the great success we are having actually of indie developers registering, we are seeing incredible numbers of new companies coming to the platform. There is a real sense that PS4 – and Vita as well, PS3 still has a long life – that this is a great opportunity for them to come back to console."
In the current generation, only a few independent developers stood out as real contenders for the limelight. This is most notably thatgamecompany, who frequently releases simplistic but awe-inspiring titles for relatively low prices on the PlayStation Store. Sony intends to broaden their focus and provide opportunities for all talented indie developers. Through these events, developers can field questions and learn the ropes to developing for new and existing consoles. The events will also discuss the performance of all platforms, as well as any updates developers might be interested in.
According to Simonetta, the next-generation between Sony and independent developers is stronger than anytime in history.
Simonetta said, “I can tell you I have been there for four years, and one of my colleagues has been in third-party relations for ten years, and we’ve never seen anything like this,” he said. “And this is not just PS4, it applies to Vita and PS3 as well.
Steven Chaffin, Jr. is an American editor for PlayStation Universe. When the PS4 launches this holiday season, Steven will be leading the front lines in Battlefield 4, and will be exploring the open-world of The Witcher 3 when it releases in 2014. You can get more from Steven on his personal blog, or on Twitter @runnersravings.