Sony hosted the PlayStation Indie Arcade at GDC this week, where it unveiled 25 games from indie developers that were heading to the PS3, PS4 and PS Vita.
Sony has been quite aggressive in its pursuit of indie games and making PlayStation platforms attractive for indie developers. Adam Boyes, who is in charge of developer relations at SCEA, told Gamasutra recently that Sony had removed many of the approval processes and extra costs that prevented indie developers from bringing their games to PlayStation platforms.
We've just changed our whole concept submission process. It used to be two stages, and all this feedback, and now it's just one, and it's optional feedback, so there's no greenlighting process, no voting, no weird stuff,” Boyes said.
So if it's, hey, these guys are developing content for Vita, and we like the team, so we send them Vita kits as loaners for free. Or waiving patch fees for independent developers, if they need that support, then we're totally behind it,” he added.
The approach seems to be working. At the PS4 reveal, Braiid creator Jonathan Blow announced that his next game - The Witness - would be a timed-exclusive for consoles on PS4. At GDC, Sony revealed that the likes of Spelunky and Divekick were headed to PlayStation platforms.
Here's the complete list of indie games headed to Sony consoles:
- Blacklight: Retribution – PS4
- Primal Carnage: Genesis – PS4
- Rain – PS3
- Divekick – PS3 and PS Vita
- Spelunky – PS3 and PS Vita
- Velocity Ultra – PS Vita
- Limbo – PS Vita
- Metrico – PS Vita
- Sportsfriends (including Johann Sebastian Joust, BaraBariBall, Hokra and Super Pole Riders) – PS3
- Ibb & Obb – PS3
- Guacamelee! – PS3 and PS Vita
- Hotline Miami – PS3 and PS Vita
- Dragon Fantasy Book II – PS3 and PS Vita
- Thomas Was Alone – PS3 and PS Vita
- Luftrausers – PS3 and PS Vita
- Friend Network App – PS Vita
- Zombie Tycoon II – PS3 and PS Vita
- A Virus Named Tom – PlayStation Mobile
- Beatdown in Treachery City – PlayStation Mobile
- Crumble – PlayStation Mobile
- Crystallon – PlayStation Mobile
- Don't Wake the Bear – PlayStation Mobile
- Hermit Crab in Space! – PlayStation Mobile
- Oh, Deer! – PlayStation Mobile
- Rymndkapsel – PlayStation Mobile
- Ten By Eight – PlayStation Mobile
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