Sony kills concept approval, makes moves to get indies onto PS4

Tonight in San Francisco, Sony announced another indie PlayStation 4 game: Zombie's Studios' Blacklight: Retribution. The company also announced that popular parody fighting game Divekick, new puzzle game Metrico, from Digital Dreams, and Primal Carnage Genesis, from Lukewarm Media, are coming to its platforms. These games all come under its Pub Fund,

This news comes on top of further announcements that the company is making things easier for indie developers and big publishers alike. Sony's Adam Boyes, who heads up its publisher and developer relations teams, talks to Gamasutra about that evolution, why having veteran software developer Mark Cerny as the lead architect for its PlayStation 4 hardware is so important, and how the company might try to compete with a Steam Box.

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GribbleGrunger1642d ago (Edited 1642d ago )

Don't underestimate the significance of this people. In terms of news, this is HUGE. Sony have basically just opened their doors and said: 'you don't need a tie.' Expect support for the PS4 and Vita to skyrocket in the coming months. I'm guessing that the incredible stream of games we've been seeing for the Vita in the last couple of weeks has something to do with this new policy.

Snookies121642d ago

Agreed, this is BIG news here. Really great move by Sony, I'm certainly looking forward to the aftereffects of this. (Although like you mentioned with the Vita, we might already be seeing its effects.)

Gaming1011642d ago

Absolutely, more indie support means more risks being taken with out of the box games like Braid, Minecraft, and just so many other amazing games that may just sell very well. The better they sell the more bigger publishers may actually take notice at all the money being made and *gasp* take some risks with some different ideas themselves to stay competitive and get in on some of the action, as opposed to crapping out the same game year after year, the same franchises, the same genres, and marketing to the same young male demographic.

It's about time for some change!

nosferatuzodd1642d ago

This is truly a system for developers and gamers is like Sony is in my head saying what feature do u guys want to see ?what can we do to make things easier and better, oh man gaming is going to be fun again I've never bin this nervous and exited at the same time I feel like am 12 years old again and I like it damn you Sony damn you to hell ..

JoGam1642d ago (Edited 1642d ago )

Agreed...I got slammed last week for saying people need to respect Indie developers and how they are the future of the gaming industry. Sony knows it too. Thats why they are all over it now. This further proves my statement.

@ NYC_Gamer....Exactly. They WILL push creativity. While other companies are just milking the system with the same ol'BullShit and we just keep falling for it. Oh no, Indies will change that. Mark my words. People freaking forget Media Molecule started out as Indie, now look at them....Killin it!

NYC_Gamer1642d ago

Indie developers are the ones pushing creativity and fresh ideas

LOGICWINS1642d ago

I see Sony as a force to be reckoned with next gen for the hardcore gamers. I wonder if the rumors of an upgradable PS4 are true. That would put the PS4 in direct competition with the PC gaming market.

ziggurcat1642d ago

upgradeable in the sense of more than just the HDD?

GribbleGrunger1642d ago

Hip-hop has said that he's heard rumours that the PS4 would be upgradeable. You'd replace the GPU and CPU in some way. I don't think anything else would need upgrading. it's definitely possible but nothing worth considering until much later into the PS4s lifecycle.

LOGICWINS1642d ago

^^Yeah he did! Apparently thats why Sony didn't show the physical console at the conference since it has ports where you would upgrade.

@ziggurcat- Yes! Such as GPU/CPU :)

PinkFunk1642d ago

I don't see this as likely (though I have practically zero expertise on the subject). It just seems like it would be too difficult to market, or annoying to manufacture, or.. something.

But I would love it if it were the case. And hell, maybe it is the case! Man, I'm excited for E3...

neoMAXMLC1642d ago

Hmm... with the CPU and GPU on the same chip, I can totally see this happening. Let's hope Sony pulls it off better than SEGA did.

KwietStorm1642d ago

Normally, I'd say that's off the table, but so many things are different today. We already know how closely the PS4 mirrors PC architecture. We already have seen the evolution of PSN taking cues from Steam. We've heard those rumors of why the console wasn't shown. Tie all that with the other notions of the "last" console generation in its current form, we could see a big change in how things work. Even a few years back when Gabe Newell was on Sony's stage at E3, he was very clear in stating that the reason they went with PlayStation was because Sony was onboard with the idea that the industry has adapted to things being given to gamers as a service, rather than a product.

Now obviously everything is speculation right now, and I could have just typed that 500 word essay for nothing, but the fact is, it looks like Sony is pulling no punches right now. It feels like it. They have a clear vision of what and how to deliver to the core audience next gen, and as Grubbier said above, this is very big news. Basically inviting developers in without much hassle will do nothing but good, and it also kind of fits in with the other rumors about possibly doing away with or minimizing the QA process when devs update the console version of their games. Being that these are pub fund games, that means their exclusive too, right?

GribbleGrunger1642d ago (Edited 1642d ago )

'Grubbier'!? Cheers for that ... LOL *instinctively sniffs armpits*

_-EDMIX-_1642d ago

if Sony goes that route there would absolutely revolutionize the game industry in 1 big step.

this would in no way hurt to PC market. there's already a GP you that exist that allows you to remove it from a docking station. also there's nothing stopping motherboard manufacturers from developing the same concept ie a plugable CPU.

now this would actually greatly help PC gamers because manufacturers like AMD whould essentially have a new base of consumers to self new cards to. this actually greatly benefit PC the most. everyone really wins in this situation if that is indeed true.

although Sony would have to have a pretty beast motherboard to pull such a thing off . with greater CPU's comes greater bandwith. they would have to already have a motherboard capable of using a much more powerful CPU, and I believe they truly might have 1.

nowadays a lot of newers CPU can run on not too dated motherboards.

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freezola751642d ago

Way to get your Bubs back GG.

On topic, I think this is awesome simply because they are allowing indie devs to really get their foot in the door..

I look forward to playing alot of these games... and I do hope that we'll see a great many of them make it to the Vita too. Peace

KwietStorm1642d ago

-_- sorry about that. Stupid auto correct.

kenshiro1001642d ago

All I've been hearing about are games, games, games. Damn, Sony is taking no prisoners this time. They are going in prepared for next gen. I am really excited about this.

Eyeco1642d ago (Edited 1642d ago )

So in other words there will be a constant stream of games on the PS4, no more drought periods common in a consoles lifetime, this is superb news

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Rockefellow1642d ago

I'm not sure how true it is that these games are all coming under Sony's Pub fund promotion. That's usually reserved for upstart games that appear exclusively on Sony platforms before being ported elsewhere, and I doubt titles like Primal Carnage: Genesis and Blacklight Retribution are being funded in this manner.

Aceman181642d ago (Edited 1642d ago )

why would you doubt this it looks like they've streamlined their process, and are bringing plenty of indie games to the system much easier.

Software_Lover1642d ago

He's doubting the funding process, not the actual games. Those games are already out on other platforms and that promotion is usually for Indies to be exclusive.

Rockefellow1642d ago

Thanks Software_Lover. I suppose actually reading my comment isn't in the nature of most commenters here.

FlameHawk1642d ago

haha yes, they got Hotline Miami for PS3 and PSVITA, playing Hotline Miami on the go is going to nice.

KwietStorm1642d ago

Lol that game is completely nuts

kingmushroom1642d ago

Hell Yeah !! Primal Carnage Genesis!!

LondonMediaOS1642d ago (Edited 1642d ago )

If its anything like Dino Crisis Im in.

kingmushroom1642d ago

i know right, i remember playing that game as kid and beign freaked out of going into elevators.

jdktech20101642d ago

Blacklight on PS4? Hell yes....I don't play computer games due to spending all day on it but I loved BR when I played it last year.

Awesome news....Sony just got another point in the reasons to get this console column.

At the moment MS has 0 but cna't wait to see what they've got.

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