Spelunky Coming To PS3 & Vita
As triple-A games continue under-perform, the vibrant indie and boutique sector flourishes with merry abandon. Sony, who've already made inroads into the scene with their Pub Fund and PlayStation Mobile, have announced that supporting independent developers will form a key part of their strategy with the PS3, Vita and PS4.
Taking to the PlayStation Blog, SCEA VP of Publisher and Developer Relations Adam Boyes explained that getting independent developers onto Sony platforms will be a major focus of their business over the coming years. "As you may have noticed," he wrote, "our team is going full steam ahead by not only providing support for developers on our current platforms, but also for those working on next-gen titles. We’re expanding our indie support for PlayStation 4 with games like Primal Carnage: Genesis and Blacklight: Retribution, which will join titles like The Witness to ensure you’ll have great indie game experiences on our next gaming console."
"This recent influx in developer support for PlayStation has come through our continued effort to create a flexible and developer friendly environment. We’re also focusing on burgeoning platforms like PlayStation Mobile by offering Unity support, coming later this year, to make it easier than ever for developers to bring their games to PlayStation-certified Android devices and PS Vita."
To illustrate Sony's indie love affair, Boyes detailed 25 titles that were be showcased as part of a GDC Indie arcade. Alongside the recently-announced Blacklight: Retribution and Primal Carnage: Genesis for PS4, it appears that monochromatic puzzler Limbo will be making the jump to PS Vita, while XBLA exclusive Spelunky will soon make its way onto PS3 and handheld.
- Blacklight: Retribution – PlayStation 4
- Primal Carnage: Genesis – PlayStation 4
- Ibb & Obb – PlayStation 3
- Rain – PlayStation 3
- Sportsfriends (including Johann Sebastian Joust, BaraBariBall, Hokra and Super Pole Riders) – PlayStation 3
- Divekick – PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita
- Dragon Fantasy Book II – PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita
- Guacamelee! – PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita
- Hotline Miami – PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita
- Luftrausers – PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita
- Spelunky – PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita
- Thomas Was Alone – PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita
- Friend Network App – PlayStation Vita
- Limbo – PlayStation Vita
- Metrico – PlayStation Vita
- Velocity Ultra – PlayStation 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
It's wonderful to see indie development getting the publicity and support it deserves, and it's clear that Sony see the sector as a massively profitable way of delivering unique and innovative content at attractive prices.