Win over indies on PS4 & you’ll win next -gen. It’s that simple – in the future small games are big
Ask any of the money men behind this once pure-as-the-driven-Pong industry, and they’ll tell you it lives and dies on hits. Runaway commercial successes that break out of the hobbyist vernacular and into mainstream culture. And when they say the word ‘hits’, they uniformly fall into a daydream about four players in custom body armour watching an explosion together online.
But what we, as purveyors of these fine wares, have told the industry via sales figures is that we’re often more excited by a short, daring game with miniscule production costs than by Gunblokes: The Shootening. Try to find a YouTube video that isn’t about Minecraft in some way and you’ll see the phenomenal exposure indie gaming is capable of.
These brave ventures, with their low-low prices and suggestive winking, are a portal for non-gamers into new experiences without the expectations that come with a full-fat price tag. They’re also the games industry’s youth squad, where the best and brightest of tomorrow can flaunt their talents with the possibility of making a triple-A blockbuster on PS4.
These ventures, with their low prices and suggestive winking, are a portal into new experiences without the expectations
that come with a full-fat price tag
It’s a story Nuclear Monkey Software can testify to. Eight years ago it finished indie puzzle game Narbacular Drop as part of its studies at DigiPen Institute of Technology. Valve saw the game and promptly hired the entire dev team to work on a spiritual sequel called Portal. Without the indie gaming scene, we wouldn’t have one of the best triple-A games of this generation.
Securing the platform that the most talented devs of tomorrow want to work on is a big deal. And Sony is way ahead. We’re seeing an increasing volume of PC hits like Hotline Miami and Thomas Was Alone on PS3 via PSN’s indie page. And PS Vita’s becoming a thriving indie platform in its own right. Most boldly, one of the exclusives unveiled at the PS4 reveal was Braid Creator Jonathan Blow’s new game The Witness. Sony is only too aware of the lay of the land as it moves forward with PS4: win over the indie devs, win next-gen.
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