Sony's exclusive stable provides the PS3 with an ever-expanding unique selling point... but they're not all big budget AAA releases. They've recently praised the Indie scene as being the only source of innovation left in gaming, and to support them, Sony has pledged 20 million Dollars to several smaller independent studios who are willing to develop exclusively for the PS3, PSN and PS Vita. This is an awesome initiative, and we're excited to see the results.
Originally set up in 2009, the Sony Pub Fund Program provides extra development funds for studios who "create innovative, exclusive titles for The PlayStation Network." Today, SCEA has announced that the initiative will provide over $20 million to indie outfits over the next few years - as well as providing marketing support and advertising expertise.
PlayStation Network is poised to deliver an enviable line-up of exclusive and imaginative games this year, with highly anticipated first-party titles like thatgamecompany’s Journey and PixelJunk Sidescroller. We’re doubling down on PlayStation Network software, and under this additional investment over the next three years, we anticipate a steady flow of high-quality titles that can’t be found anywhere else. - Brandon Stander, SCEA marketing director
Here are the details of four new titles slated for release on PSN over the next twelve months.
- Eufloria is an addictive ambient game of space exploration and conquest, plant growth and bio mechanical evolution, where players can conquer asteroids in deep space and use their resources to literally grow and nurture semi-organic plants and creatures to do your bidding.
- Okabu is a brand-new action-puzzler from the creators of Rolando, where players will guide Kumulo, Nimbe and four cloud-flying heroes as they battle to save their people and their world from the industrialized threat of the Doza. Gamers will dive into a hyper-tactile toybox world filled with a huge number of puzzles, playthings, adorable creatures and devious machines spread across an epic co-op campaign.
- PAYDAY: The Heist is an action-filled first-person shooter game that lets players take on the role of a hardened career criminal executing intense, dynamic heists in constant pursuit of the next “big score”. Players will navigate diverse urban settings with three partners in crime—controlled by either AI or in co-op multiplayer—and will load out with an array of weaponry and equipment as they embark on a spectacular crime spree through six high-stake heists, including banks robberies, prisoner extractions and armored car hijackings.
- Papo & Yo is a vibrant, 3D Puzzle-Platforming Adventure coming to PlayStation Network in 2012. As a young boy named Quico, players will travel through a magical, surrealist world, solving puzzles with the help of a huge creature named Monster who has a dangerous problem: he’s addicted to poisonous frogs. The minute he spies one, he’ll scarf it down and fly into a violent, frog-induced rage where no one, including his best friend Quico, is safe. Players will have to learn to use Monster’s varying emotions to their advantage if they want to find a cure and save their pal.